Dawn Perry Mayers

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Dawn Perry Mayers, 93, formerly of Taylor, died January 18, 2014 in Clarksville, TN. She was born near Voca, Texas to Daisy McGuffin and Howard Perry. She grew up in Cherokee, Texas and graduated from high school in 1937. She attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood for three years and graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos in 1941 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. She was teaching at Somerset in Bexar County when she met and married Ed Mayers on October 29, 1943. A son, Ed Ross Mayers, Jr. was born in San Antonio. In 1950, she and the family moved to the Rio Grande valley where they resided until 1966. During their time in the valley she worked for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D. as an elementary teacher, and then after she received her M.Ed. degree in 1958, as an elementary principal. In June of 1966 the family moved to Taylor where she was the principal of Twelfth Street and Northside Elementary Schools for three years. In 1969 until her retirement in 1980, she was the principal of Northside and West End schools. In the spring of 1980, she was named principal of the year by District VII P.T.A. When she retired on June 30, 1980, Dawn had spent 37 years as an educator, 27 of those as an elementary principal. After she retired, she spent time commuting with Ed to Cherokee weekly where he was engaged in the ranching business until he retired in 1985. She enjoyed this time immensely, especially during deer hunting season, since she was an avid deer hunter. She was also involved with the Wednesday Music Club, Taylor Garden Club, and the Taylor Conservation & Heritage society. Many afternoons were also spent playing “42” with her Thursday afternoon women’s “42” group. Her professional associations included membership in Delta Kappa Gamma (an organization of professional women educators), Williamson County Retired Teachers Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, National Education Association and the Texas P.T.A. Dawn resided in Taylor until she was given the opportunity in 2013 to move with her son and daughter-in-law to Clarksville, TN. to be near her only grandchild and his family. She went from 819 miles to see the kids to six miles. She often remarked that the involvement of packing up and moving from her home of 47 years was well worth it. Dawn was preceded in death by husband, Ed; both parents; sisters, Joy Cox and Marjorie Lasiter; and a brother, W.H. Perry. Survivors are: son, Ed Ross Mayers, Jr. (Phyllis); grandson, Eli Mayers (Jennifer); brother, Charles Perry (Carolyn); two greatgrandchildren (Grace & Jeremiah); seven nieces; one nephew; and numerous great nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral service. Instead, friends are invited to a memorial service celebrating her life at Memorial Baptist Church on West Lake Drive in Taylor on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. The service will start a 6:00 P.M. (she didn’t want anyone to have to take off work just to come see her off) and a time of food and fellowship with the family will be held afterwards. Memorials in Dawn’s memory may be given to Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 90, Taylor, TX 76574.
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