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Tyler County ‘Treasure’ Mayme Brown Honored

Tyler County Booster

by Debbie Walker

If you’ve been around Tyler County for very long, you probably know Mayme Canada Brown. A longtime educator, she has been extremely active in the community for many years. Mayme just turned 90 years old, and a celebration honoring that milestone was held Saturday at Woodville Elementary Cafeteria. Many were concerned after Brown suffered a heart attack last week that she would not be able to attend the event, but the doctors released her just in time. Brown was escorted down the red carpet by her son John K. Canada and daughter Meredith Canada, and greeted by a room filled with friends, family and former students. There were numerous tributes, some musical, many spoken from the heart by those who have been blessed by working with Brown in the school district, church, and, civic and historical venues in the area. She has been a tireless worker, an accomplished author, and an invaluable asset to the community for many years. Brown was born on October 20, 1920. Mayme Ross began her school years in Scottsville, Texas (near Marshall). After graduating from Pemberton High School in Marshall, she went on to Prairieview A&M University and a career teaching home economics, and much more. A survivor of segregation, integration, and two husbands (John Canada and Isaac Brown), this incredible lady raised two children and taught in public school for 36 years. She retired from Woodville I.S.D. in 1983. Still active in the community, Brown is involved in numerous organizations, including African American Heritage Society, Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade and celebration, the Annual Black History Program, Tyler County Heritage Society Board of Directors, Tyler County Texas Historical Commission, and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.

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