Nanette “Nette” Stokes returned to her job as a financial analyst at IBM Corp. after a lunch break on Sept. 22, 1988, to an emergency phone call. Her mother, who she had just talked with an hour earlier, had suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital.
Stokes said her mother, who was 54, appeared to be in perfect health, but died suddenly.
Now in her 60s, Stokes has made it part of her mission to educate women about the importance of heart disease awareness and an advocacy group she founded was among a number of groups in the area marking American Heart Month, first designated in 1964.
This month’s activities have included educational seminars, health fair...