Bebe moved to Delaware, her adopted home, in 1960 after having graduated from Morgan State (College) University and worked in the area of human and social services for the State of Delaware.
She later served as the trainer for new social services employees before being recruited by the federal government to provide training in the region for Social Security programs in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
At the request of Governor Pierre S. du Pont, Bebe became the corporate/community relations liaison for the then Governor's pioneer Jobs for Delaware Graduates program, moving later to the Washington, D.C. area to provide training for the Jobs for Americas' Graduates program.
, after retirement, provided diversity training for employees of the Defense Logistics Agency
, Region 3.
is the proud mother of U.S. Navy Capt. Laurie Coker Reid, RN, Uniform Health Services/CDC, Dr. Joan F. Coker, Head and Neck Surgeon, Wilmington, DE; and, Julie Coker, Sr. Vice President, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Convention Division.
passion is for excellence in learning for all children in general and African American children in particular.
holds the distinction of having been the first Delaware playwright to produce and perform an original musical (Mo' Tea Miss Anne?) at the Du Pont Playhouse.
is also among the first recipients of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Some of her
volunteer efforts are with the Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Startup Africa projects (digging fresh water wells in Kenya, et al), the Board of the new Moyer Academy
, the Advisory Council of the Heritage Center for the Delaware Historical Society
, the Black Heritage Educational/Theater Group
(Director), August Quarterly
2013 Anniversary Committee, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
, the Strong Neighborhoods Project at the United Way, and the Muriel Gilman Women of Action group, to name a few.
Bebe is a longstanding member of the Sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and an active member of the Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church.