Wilda Herndon

 Was long-time resident of Champaign-Urbana, was born in 1913. Her mother, three daughters and one son, Joe, came to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in the mid-twenties. The children were enrolled in school and Wilda graduated from Champaign High School.

As a young adult, Wilda became a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church and served in many capacities. Her love of community and the people therein, led to her involvement in many clubs and organizations whose prime objective was to serve those in need. Funds were raised and distributed to areas such as the Burnham City Hospital, the March of Dimes, Cancer Fund, and the Bethel A.M.E. Fund.

It was her desire to become a registered nurse, but due to circumstances that could not be, so through the encouragement of Dr. Max Appel, Pathologist at Burnham Hospital, she began on-the-job training for Medical Technicians. She seized the opportunity, and with this training, she was employed as a Medical Technician at the University of Illinois McKinley Hospital and the College of Vet Medicine's Small Animal Clinic where she remained for 19 years, until retirement.

She also volunteered as a "Gray Lady" for the American Red Cross and also as a Med Tech at the Frances Nelson Health Center.