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Sonya Yvette Groover, the first born child of the Groover family. She treasured the gift of unconditional love, she attracted all walks of life and worked with everyone she came in contact with, she was the first lady of Hospitality. She was very passionate about event planner, in which she name it “The Finest Hour”Event Planner, she created a theme for every event, she also traveled far as CA to plan a Grammy Party for an artist, weddings, banquets, fundraisers, baby showers, etc you name it she did it. She always involved the community in preparation by getting young men and woman directly off the streets and employed with various duties cleaning and preparing the church. Always used her own resource to pay them without taking anything from the church. Also, invested in equipment and décor, table cloths, tables to guarantee success every time. Still this day we are up holding the standard of putting on first class event. Last but not least, she invested time and resources in the FOM teens, she trained in the kitchen and how to serve others. How can we forget she the lead singer of the Groover Sisters, State and Local level. Being a post worker in the area of Diversity for over 10,000 employees, she created a Post Office choir and held many concerts at various post office plants in the DMV area and a prolific writer
Sonya Yvette Grover was the oldest child of Apostle Clarence & Mother Nettie Groover. Born 1967 in Washington, DC, Sonya received her early education in the Washington, DC school system but completed her formative years in the Prince George’s County Public school system, graduating from NW High School in Hyattsville, MD. She later attended Montgomery College as a Liberal Arts major. Sonya was baptized in water and by Holy Ghost fire at a young age and deeply loved her family and FOMC. She held many roles at church, some being youth Vice President, Choir Directress, Pastor’s Aide President & Anniversary captain. Her service to her community was only matched by her love, developing missionary outreach programs, providing transportation for the elderly and physically challenged, mentoring youth, providing food, clothing, shelter & monetary support for the homeless, serving in prison ministry & visiting nursing homes. While being a stellar mother to her son Roy, she was also a mother to many other children. She mastered the gift of hospitality.
Sonya worked for the USPS for 20 years, taking pride in treating client and coworker with great respect and dignity. She was constantly recognized for her work receiving many awards and citations, and held various positions from mail processor, to serving on the Diversity Committee as a diversity specialist, to event coordinator for special USPS functions. She also worked with The National Urban League, The Congressional Black Caucus & The National Black Expo, The Combined Federal Campaign and maintained her own business ‘The Finest Hour’. Talk about versatility. Sonya passionately worked in the DC Metro Area initiating community involvement to rescue men and women of the streets and provide them with work opportunities in FOMC usually paying them out of pocket herself and trained many young people in the art of serving from out of the church’s kitchen. Sonya worked tirelessly with her sister Judy to redesign and renovate FOMC’s interior and exterior.
Sonya was the lead vocalist of ‘The Groover Sisters’, ministering with her sisters Judy and Anita. While supervising 10k postal workers she formed a Postal Office Choir, holding concerts in postal plants in the Greater DMV area. Sonya transitioned in 2010. She was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman.