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Mabel Eleanor Crayton Williams

Memorial for Mabel Eleanor Crayton Williams

Born in Austin, Texas on Oct. 30, 1930
Departed on Jan. 7, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
1:00 pm
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Mabel Eleanor Craytn Williams was the third of eight children born to Plato and Lillie Mae Crayton. She was a product of the Austin Independent School District, attending Blackshear Elementary School, Kealing Junior high and the original Anderson High School. At Anderson, Mabel Eleanor became a member of the award-winning Yellow Jacket Marching Band. This affiliation would lead to a scholarship to Tillotson College (Austin, TX).

After receiving her Bachelor's degree from Tillotson, Mabel began her teaching career as a Language Arts & Social Studies teacher at her alma mater, Kealing Junion High. In 1967, she received her Master's degree in History from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Guidance and Counseling certification along with Administration and Supervision training from Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) would follow.

The winds of change, ending segregation in Austin Public Schools, ushered in new experiences and opportunities for Ms. Williams. She became one of the "crossover" teachers at Pearce Junior High where she co-sponsored the Student Human Relations Committee and was material in fostering cooperation and collaboration between students from diverse backgrounds. The success of Mabel Williams' tenure at Pearce earned her a "Teacher of the Year" citation.

When L.B.J. High School opened, Ms. Williams moved there with several of her Pearce colleagues. She became the Chair of the Social Studies Department and continued to work with the Student Human Relations Committee and co-sponsored the "Partners Project" a student organization which paired students of different races. This organization continued to promote understanding between students with vaired racial and ethnic realities.

In 1975, Mabel Eleanor Crayton Williams became a Stephen F. Austin High School Guidance Counselor. Discerning the need to recognize minority academic achievement, she sponsored, designed and conducted numerous workshops for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). In addition, this tireless educator initiated the Black Heritage and Cinco de Mayo Awards Breakfast through the TAME club; coordinated Stephen F. Austin High School's Upward Bound Project with Huston-Tillotson College Project Directors; and, sponsored Austin High School Senior Classes of 1979, 1983, 1987. Mabel remained at Austin High until she retired in 1990 to assist in the home healthcare of her Mother and Father. After their passing, she returned to AISD on a retire/rehire basis and completed her forty-fourth year in education. In 1998, Mabel Eleanor Crayton Williams was inducted into the prestigious Stephen F. Austin High School "Hall of Honor". She was from her first day (at her beloved Maroon campus), until the last day of her transition, "Loyal Forever"!

Over the course of the "life of service", this noble woman received many honors and citations: "Outstanding Historical Contribution Alumni Award" "Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Award of Merit", "Loyal Devotion and Service Award" from the Black Awareness Club to name a few. She co-founded the "Black Teachers' Caucus Award", served on the Executive Boards of Girl Scouts, YWCA, March of Dimes and Planned Parenthood.

In addition to the above mentioned recognition, Mabel Crayton Williams continued her contributions to the field of eduation through her research and publications which include her Masters Thesis, "The History of Tillotson College: 1881-1952"; "The United States, An Exploratory Study for Grade 8", Austin Public Schools; "A Disciplinary Management Handbook, Austin Public Schools"; "The History of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church: 1930-1968", (Unpublished). Current memberships include Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chapter; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Austin Retired Teachers' Association; National Council of Negro Women; NAACP.

She is survived by Helen Khan (Austin, TX); sisters: Anna Louise Warren of Austin, TX, Nancy Crayton Jones of Grand Prairie, TX, Minnie David (Donald) of Rockdale, TX; one brother, Samuel Crayton (Minnie) of Austin, TX; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; extended family and close friends.

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