Eula M. Cousins was a former social worker.
She died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. She was 100.
She was born Sept. 14, 1902 in Camden, N.C.
She was educated in the public schools and received a bachelor’s degree in education at Virginia Union College (now University). She later attended Temple University, majoring in early childhood education. She also attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.
Cousins professional life began with teaching positions in elementary and junior high schools in North Carolina. Her skills in sponsoring crafts, debating, and basketball brought recognition and many awards to her students.
Cousins relocated to Philadelphia in 1929 to further her education. She became a social welfare worker for the city of Philadelphia. In this capacity she visited and worked closely with families to determine their eligibility for assistance. Her social work included work with the blind, the aged, and the unemployed.
“Her concern and understanding for all people made her dynamic in her work and endeared her to those she worked with,” her family said.
Due to her interest in children, she was appointed as caseworker at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She later became a probation officer at the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, working with dependent and delinquent children, and afterwards worked in the Domestic Relation Court. She later came out of retirement to accept the position as counselor and coordinator of crafts at the Young Men’s Hebrew Association.
She married the late Dr. William M. Cousins in 1935, one of Philadelphia’s first African American optometrists. They worked on mutual projects until his death in 1981.
After parting with her longtime residence in west Philadelphia, Cousins moved to Cathedral Village, where she lived for 21 years, and became a member of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown.
Cousins made major contributions through her volunteer activities. She volunteered with the NAACP, where she raised funds. She also volunteered with International House, the hospice program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the YWCA and YMCA, where her husband was a member of the board of directors.
The Y’s Men and the Christian Street Y’s Mennetts were formed and supported by the Cousins during this time. Cousins was also a member of the Frontiers International Philadelphia Club, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist of Germantown.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.