Community gathers to say goodbye to Richland County pillar Donella Wilson

At 105-years-old, Allen University Alumni, educator, and civil rights activist, Donella Wilson, has not missed an election since 1948.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Family and friends gathered to say goodbye to a pillar of the Richland County community Friday.

Donella Wilson passed away last week at 108-years-old.

She was known for serving her community and voting in every election she could since 1948.

Wilson was the oldest registered voter in the county and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in the summer of 2017.

The award is a lifetime achievement and is the state's highest civilian honor for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

A graduate of Allen University, Wilson has worked as an educator and civil rights activist never missing a local or presidential poll to make a difference.

From Jim Crow days to witnessing the first African-American president and voting for the first female candidate, Wilson has taken advantage of her rights and made sure her voice was heard for more than 60 years.

People who knew her said she will be greatly missed.

Wilson is survived by her four children.

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