Dayton NAACP suffers ‘immeasurable loss’ after executive administrative assistant to the president dies

Bessie Siler, executive administrative assistant to the president of the Dayton Unit of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, died Sunday morning. She was 83 years old, a release from the NAACP said.

Siler worked for Dayton Public Schools as an instructional assistant in early childhood education and the Montessori Program. She enjoyed her work and was dedicated to helping children learn, the release said. She played an important role in starting the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Union for Paraprofessionals, the release said.

Siler began working with the Dayton Unit of NAACP in 2004 where she was the executive administrative assistant to President Derrick Foward. She was responsible for assisting the unit secretary with processing memberships and served as a conduit between the local unit and the state, regional and national offices of the NAACP.

“She was very dedicated to the NAACP and its mission,” the release stated. “The NAACP suffered an immeasurable loss.”