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Pearlie Mae Ford

Our club was founded with great enthusiasm, inspired by an amazing woman.

Our Hero

Her kindness knew no bounds and her legacy inspires us all.

Pearlie Mae was the mother of six children and several “adopted” children.  She was a mother to the motherless. 


A faithful member of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church for over sixty years, she served on the Stewardess Board for over fifty years.

She worked tirelessly with one goal in mind: to provide a better life for her family

Pearlie Mae Ford was born on February 5, 1928 in Old Town, Florida, where she spent her childhood and early adulthood.  Wanting to provide a better life for her boys, she moved to Sanford, Florida in the early fifties.   In 1952, she met and married the love of her life, Clarence “Buddy” Ford. 

Pearlie Mae worked hard in various jobs to provide a better life for her family. She was involved in community service and held positions in different organizations, such as The Merry Twenties Club and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.


Pearlie Mae was a remarkable leader and follower who believed that one could make a difference without being in the forefront. The organizations she was part of shared a common goal of improving Sanford, FL by helping the less fortunate members of the community.


She was a beloved member of the community who welcomed everyone into her home and was always willing to help those in need.

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