Daughter Pays Loving Tribute to Late Mother Through Fashion And Scholarship

Daughter Pays Loving Tribute to Late Mother Through Fashion And Scholarship
On June 21, 2016 Lillie Bell Marshall would have been 70 years old. To celebrate her life and honor her memory, Jae Henderson, Ms. Marshall’s only child, will release photographs she took in her mother’s vintage clothing. Jae is launching a scholarship in her honor as well. It will be awarded to students who are pursuing higher education despite challenging or debilitating circumstances. The pictures and details of the scholarship can be viewed at www.lilliesdaughter.com (Lillie’s Daughter) beginning June 21st.
Ms. Marshall passed away on March 12, 2014, after spending almost a month in ICU battling complications stemming from kidney failure and congestive heart failure. While going through her mother’s things, Jae discovered a gorgeous collection of vintage clothes and accessories. She decided to do a photo shoot as a way to give the world the opportunity to see her mother as she did.
“My mother kept to herself so most people never really got a chance to know her but she was a beautiful soul with a good heart. She loved God. She enjoyed laughing, baking, doing yard work and fashion. I am the woman I am because of my mother,” said Jae. “My mother also suffered from mental illness. Eventually, it became so bad that she couldn’t maintain employment. She was a single mother and she refused to let her illness keep her from being a good parent. I was well cared for. She also demanded that I excel in my studies and stay out of trouble. She was my first example of perseverance and beating the odds. She’s my shero,” said the 39-year-old.
Those lessons have served Jae well. She is an independent author with six books in print. The seventh, Husband Wanted, will be released next week. She is also the president of Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service & PR whose major clients include Ewing Moving & Storage, Inc., one of the largest minority-owned moving companies in the region and the Southern Heritage Classic, an annual HBCU football game that draws an average of 50,000 fans each year. Although many in the Memphis community, where she resides, may remember her from her days as a radio personality and talk show host on WHRK-FM/K97. She even did a stint as a contributing writer for the nationally syndicated radio
show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jae is also an accomplished voice over artist and has voiced commercials for McDonald’s, Phisoderm, Kroger, Regions Bank, Fred’s, Faygo and more.
The tribute photos are a mixture of old and new. The majority of the clothes selected are from the 1970’s and blend well against the décor of the contemporary studio where the shoot was done. In several photos she is wearing vintage blouses, a white leather jacket and a brown corduroy blazer with various accessories that belonged to her mother. In another, she is dressed in Sunday best wearing a navy dress and a navy hat with white eyelet gloves and lilies nearby. In another photo, she is wearing a pleated plaid tea-length wool skirt with a grey sleeveless turtleneck and in yet another, Jae dons an orange and white bow tied top with a white polyester blazer and boyfriend jeans. Jae is taller than her mother was so any pants and shoes in the photos belong to her, except for a pair of brown leather and suede boots she forced her feet into for an especially touching photo where she poses with a family portrait wearing the same blouse her mother wore in the photo. Jae even used some of her mother’s belongings during the shoot; a small GE radio and Polaroid 430 camera (produced from 1971 – 1977). Jae vividly remembers her mother bringing it to family functions to capture special moments as a child. The tribute photos were taken by local photographer Crys Tucker. Wardrobe stylist Kim Newsom helped Jae assemble the outfits. Hair was styled by Deshun Lewis and makeup was done by professional makeup artist Kesha Moore-Alston.
The Silver Bell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in 2017 to two students who are attending college despite overwhelming odds. Those overwhelming odds can include things like mental or physical illness, a learning disability, being a foster child, homelessness and other extenuating circumstances that could cause a young person to abandon their dream of obtaining a college education. To qualify, students must be at least a sophomore and enrolled in a two or four year college. However, before Jae can support deserving students, she first has to raise the money. She gave the initial seed money of $1,000 and has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise more.
“I want my mother’s memory to live on in something other than myself. She had a lot to give that the world never had the chance to see. The photo shoot was a lot of fun but this scholarship is my way of giving a little piece of her to future generations. I love my mother and miss her dearly,” said Jae.
The pictures will be on display beginning June 21st. To view them, learn more about the scholarship and make a donation, visit www.lilliesdaughter.com.
After embracing careers as a radio talk show host, marketing and media professional, and voice over artist, Jae Henderson decided to add inspirational author to her roles. She first displayed her witty way with words and keen insight into the human emotion through her inspirational romance trilogy: Someday, Someday, Too, and Forever and a Day. Her other releases are Things Every Good Woman Should Know, Volume 1 and 2 and Where Do We Go From Here, which she co-authored with Mario D. King. Her next book, Husband Wanted, will be released in June 2016. Jae’s entertaining tales about the
astounding power of love and God’s ability to care for us in the midst of life’s storms have been warmly received by readers. Learn more about her at www.jaehendersonauthor.com and www.imagoodwoman.com.

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