Saluting One of Bayview’s Oldest Residents

Delores Hearring

Delores Hearring

Long time Hunter’s Point resident Delores Hearring celebrated her 100th birthday on July 11th.

Born 1914 in Jacksonville, Alabama, Delores was raised in the rural county of Calhoun. She was the one of three children born to John Westly and Mary Alice Green. Growing up during this time in history Delores speaks of her limited opportunities in education due to the “The Great Depression” and the segregation in the south

She later met and married Willie B. Hearring. They moved to California in search of more opportunity. Both obtained jobs at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, which helped them support their six children.

Though education was not offered while living in the south, she completed her schooling after moving to San Francisco. She earned her high school diploma and attended San Francisco City College for two years.

Hearring worked at San Francisco’s General Hospital for more than thirty years, where she began as a nursing assistant. She was one of the first African American’s to pass the test for psychiatric orderly and served as a senior psychiatric orderly at the hospital for sixteen years until she retired.

As an African American, Hearring believed it was her duty and responsibility to make a better life for herself, her family, and her surrounding community. She believes her greatest activism is displayed through her family – her family is everything to her. She has devoted her time and money to ensuring that her family continuously seeks knowledge to live, grow and prosper.

Hearring is a long time member of Bethel AME Church, an advent gardener and contributes her long life to eating the many vegetables she has grown in her own yard.

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