Irvienne Goldson, health care “spirit warrior” for women of color, dies at 60

Irvienne Goldson (left) with Rhoda Johnson at the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.

No stranger to the daily challenges women of color face, Irvienne Goldson became a beacon of hope while offering health resources, education, and guidance to Boston’s underserved communities.

“Things get hard,” she said in a “Warrior Wednesdays” video posted online, adding that “when I get to that moment of, like, I do feel like giving up, that’s where my spirit warrior comes in.”

An inspiration for girls and women — and for men, as well — Ms. Goldson was deputy director of Action for Boston Community Development’s health services department. She was 60 when she died of a heart attack Dec. 29 in her Cambridge home, her family said.