Ervinstene Harrell, 68, a crisis counselor, died June 30 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mt. Airy.

For the past seven years Mrs. Harrel had worked at SILK, a support group for women with identity issues, and provided crisis counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and intervention services.

She had been certified as a counselor by Women Organized Against Rape and was active with the group.

Earlier, she had been office manager for Harris Insurance Services in Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, she grauated from Jameson Christian College in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree in biblical theology and from Springfield College School of Human Services in Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree.

A gay rights avocate and activist, she enjoyed music, dancing, collecting fine art and volunteering with children.

She is survived by her life partner, DeBorah Rucker; daughters Chris Harris, Audrey Jones and Robin Harrell; six grandchildren, and her former husband, George Harrell.

A memorkial service was held July 6 at the Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home in Mt. Airy. – WF