Catholic Woman of the Year Honorees

The SCCCW Catholic Woman of the Year is named at the Annual SCCCW Convention.   The nominees are Catholic Women of the Year from the five Deaneries.  The Honoree chosen as the SCCCW Woman of the year is presented a sterling silver Our Lady of Good Counsel Medal.  The tradition began in 1952.

Past Honorees

2021 Catholic Woman of the Year

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Rosalyn Woodson Frierson-Smith

Rosalyn is a lifelong member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Columbia.  Growing up she was inspired by her mother to be of service to the church and community.  Her mother is a Past President of both the Rosary Altar Society and the Columbia Deanery.  Elected by SC General Assembly as a State Family Court Judge in 2017.  Prior to that she was the State Court Administrator and Director of the SC Court Administration, substitute Municipal Court Judge for the City of Columbia, a SC Supreme Court Staff Attorney, Law Clerk and Research/Budge Analyst for the Ways and Means Committee of SC House of Representative.  Rosalyn finds fulfillment in serving as a mentor to all students from grade school, college and law school as well as Law school graduates.  She volunteers as a mentor to 1st year law students at USC School of Law & as a Mock Trial judge for middle & high school students.  Rosalyn’s serves as a Church Lector.  For many years she was a regular collection counter and currently serves as a back-up counter.  She is an active member of the Rosary Altar Society (RAS) following in the footsteps of her mother and two sisters.  Some of the positions for RAS are Parliamentarian, Chair of the Legislative Commission and as Parliamentarian of the Columbia Deanery.  You can find Rosalyn helping with the setup, serving and cleanup of the Father’s breakfast, bereavement meals, Soup Kitchen and the Mather Daughter/Sister luncheon.  She is active in the Church choir, served on the Parish Council, was a Religious Education teacher, and has been a career day and graduation speaker.  Her civic engagement is wide and varied.  Rosalyn has held positions on various Bar Associations and Courts and received many awards.  Rosalyn is married, the mother of two sons and the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren. 

Jeanette Altenburg

Mary Ann Schoch

Carol Lintner

Anna Sudomerski

Peggy Moulton

Mary Hughes Shumpert

Mary Ann Turner 

Claire Wagner

Iris Young      

Mrs. Cherrin Moore        

Mrs. Pearlie Harris

Mrs. Maria Leal

Mrs. Nina McCuniff

Mrs. Sophie Sagrera

Mrs. Debra Cubra

Ms. Elease Amos-Goodwin

Mrs. Ann Marable

Mrs. Harriet McKie

Mrs. Pat Schmidt

Mrs. Corrine Tomihiro

Mrs. Josephine Dennis

Mrs. Cecilia Velte

Mrs. Ann Mitchum

Mrs. Betty Shepherd

Mrs. Judy Godbee

Mrs. Esther Tecklenburg

Mrs. Margaret Holihan

Mrs. Jeanne Casey

Mrs. Willie Mae Adams

Mrs. Ruth Duncan

Mrs. Willie Thompson

Mrs. Harriet Condon

Mrs. Albert T. Waters

Mrs. Amelia Taylor

Mrs. Elaine Roberson

Mrs. William Tallon

Mrs. John Arisman

Mrs. Ethel Grantham

Mrs. Mrs. Leslie Woppman

Mrs. Ruth McNamara

Mrs. Melvin Merritt

Mrs. Ronald Thomas

Mrs. Woodrow Wiggins

Mrs. John Hartnett

Mrs. Clara Zolnierowicz

Mrs. Isiah Williams

Mrs. L. A. Clements

Mrs. Gladys Vinzani

Mrs. George Williams

Mrs. R. W. Deganhardt

Mrs. Melvin Sams

Mrs. Elizabeth McClure

Mrs. Mary Francis        

Miss Agatha Spellman     

Mrs. T. J. Nolan                       

Mrs. James England, Sr.   

Mrs. Edward Foley    

Mrs. Joseph Dermody       

Mrs. Norman J. Marsha      

Mrs. Jennie Reynolds      

Mrs. H. A. Beagle        

NO CONVENTION HELD

Mrs. J. L. Shannon      

Mrs. Russell Sanders   

Mrs. Rosalie Lighthart     

Mrs. Carl Niggel          

Mrs. Vincent Caggiano      

Mrs. David Biggs                     

Miss Marie May    

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Jeannette Altenburg - 2020
Jeannette Altenburg - 2020
Mary Ann Schoch - 2019
Mary Ann Schoch - 2019
Carol Lintner - 2018
Carol Lintner - 2018
Anna Sudoerski - 2017
Anna Sudoerski - 2017
Peggy Moulton - 2016
Peggy Moulton - 2016
Mary Hughes Shumpert - 2015
Mary Hughes Shumpert - 2015
Mary Ann Turner -2014
Mary Ann Turner -2014
Claire Wagner - 2013
Claire Wagner - 2013