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Ashro Woman: Amelia H.

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Amelia H. from St. Louis, MO

Amelia is a special education teacher with a heart for youth and God. While she does not have biological children herself, she is a devoted godmother, aunt and mentor who makes a tremendous difference in the lives of many. She works part-time in a homeless shelter for youth  and has volunteered with The St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center as a mentor.


Amelia H.
Which city do you live?
St. Louis
Which state do you live?
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
Classy, divinely connected, wise, balanced, and rational.
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I am a Special Education Teacher and a work for a homeless shelter for youth part-time.
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy attending church, going to various community events, walking in the park, cooking, shopping, and dining with friends and family.
What small thing makes you happy?
I enjoy pampering myself at home and going for a nice long walk.
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
I have a few dishes that I like to prepare. They include pot roast with potatoes, Carrots, and cornbread. I also like to barbeque steak and chicken and corn on the cob, for the sides I cook baked beans, potato salad and greens. I usually invite guests over when I barbeque.
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
My greatest struggle was coping with the death of my parents and brother. In 1982, a year prior to my high school graduation, my father was diagnosed with cancer. His one goal was to live long enough to see me graduate. In 1983, two weeks after I graduated, he passed away. In August 2013, my mother passed due to various health issues. Although she never remarried after my father passed, she worked full-time as a nurse, meanwhile raising five children independently. She was a strong, fierce, no-nonsense woman who made certain her house was in order. Finally, in October 2021, my brother passed due to a massive heart attack. I had to travel to Detroit Michigan to take care of the arrangements.
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mother was my biggest influence. Not matter what storm life would bring, she encouraged my siblings and I that we were going to make it through with God’s help. Although she battled health issues of her own, she managed to push through.
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
Before the pandemic, I served as a mentor for the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center. I also served as a Youth Advisor for the Youth Choir at the New Northside Baptist Church. Prior to that, I served on the Youth Advisory Council for the city of Florissant Missouri.
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
No, I am not in a sorority.
What do you love about fashion and style?
I love to look good! Looking good affects your demeanor. When you look good you Feel good! I practice being positive as much as possible.
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
Yes, my mother influenced my style, she always said, “it doesn’t matter what size you are, always look your best!” She practiced what she said. She was a classy woman.
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I like to look my best at all times. You never know who you might meet. I dress up when I attend church, community events, shopping and dining. How has your style evolved over time?
How has your style evolved over time?
In my younger days, I wore a size 26-28 years. I lost approximately 75 pounds five years ago. Now, at age 57, I am wearing a size 16-18. I love who I see when Iook in the mirror!
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
Yes, I like to wear more casual hats rather than dressy hats.
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
I only wear headwraps when I go to bed.
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
Yes, I have two short blonde wigs that I wear when I want to change my style.
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes, my relationship with God is very important. You see, it was my spiritual connection that helped me understand death. Death teaches those who are living how precious time is. We need to appreciate our loved ones while we have time. Some of us take life for granted.
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
Yes, my relationship with God is very important. You see, it was my spiritual connection that helped me understand death. Death teaches those who are living how precious time is. We need to appreciate our loved ones while we have time. Some of us take life for granted.
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
I do not have biological children. However, I am a godmother, aunt and a mentor. Every time a get an opportunity to exchange knowledge with a young person, I take Advantage of it.
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
Your best advice?
Never put an age limit on your dreams and goals. God’s blessings are ageless! Everything will happen in His “Divine timing!”
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
Although I am not a mother, I assisted in raising many children. I have learned that we are never too old to learn. Every experience is a cheatable lesson and we should take full advantage.
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
Yes, I am an Ashro credit customer. My account makes it easy for me to order online. Especially when my money is low, I can make a purchase and pay it off later.
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
Yes, my mother is the person who introduced me to Ashro. I used to see her wearing some of those beautiful outfits and shoes. I wanted to know where they came from, as a result, she showed me the catalog, I have been a customer since that day.

Thanks for inspiring us to love big, Amelia!

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