Zora M. Ware

Zora M. Ware of Riverhead died March 22. She was 89.

Born Feb. 14, 1924, she had lived at River Pointe Apartments in Riverhead for the past 32 years, where she had been actively involved in the apartment community. She mentored children and young adults, for whom she also sponsored tea socials and luncheons to expose them to correct manners, according to her longtime friend, Joan Bosch. She also sponsored many events for young people emphasizing the importance of self-determination and participation in the political process.

Until age and illness started to slow her down, Ms. Ware was an active member of the Democratic Party, participated in election poll-watching and was otherwise an active volunteer at elections. She was also an avid reader and historian in her own right, according to Ms. Bosch, with an emphasis on black history, concentrating on the great civil rights leaders and black achievers of the past.

At holidays, Ms. Ware would often buy gifts for children whose parents couldn’t afford them. “And she never took credit for it. This is what kind of a lady she was,” said Ms. Bosch. “We’ve lost, really, a pillar of our community here.”

No funeral service was held, and cremation was private.

“Ms. Ware is now with her loved ones in Heaven, but she will always be with us in our hearts,” said Ms. Bosch.

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