Women’s social club Delta Gamma Rho dedicated a seat in the Rhodes-Reaves Field House to former member Mary Joy Uebelein Feb. 20.
Uebelein, a big fan of Harding basketball, died March 16, 2019, from injuries sustained in a car accident March 8. DGR member and fellow St. Louis resident Emma Vaughn was the driving force behind the seat dedication, wanting to find a way to honor Uebelein’s memory before graduating.
“We wanted to cement her legacy here on campus,” Vaughn said. “I wanted it to be a good seat that you could see very well. I made sure it was behind the boys’ bench because that was a good spot where she could see the boys and the whole game. The number 14 was her jersey number for DGR, so we picked number 14 for it.”
The dedication was held at halftime during the Bison basketball game. Her parents Keith and Sherry; her three siblings, Luke, Caleb and Rachel; Luke’s wife Julianne; and Rachel’s fiance Blake Herring were in attendance along with many friends and DGR club members. The seat was marked with yellow balloons, a yellow rose and a DGR jersey.
“I really wanted people to just show up to the game even if you didn’t know her,” Vaughn said. “One, that’s supporting the basketball team, and two, that’s supporting her family in a way that isn’t super intimate but something they will really appreciate.”
President Bruce McLarty reflected on the evening in a tweet the following day: “Beautiful, tender and heartfelt ceremony in the Rhodes-Reaves Field House last night as Delta Gamma Rho dedicated a seat in memory of Mary Joy Uebelein. So thankful Mary Joy’s family was able to be here for the event!”