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Mildred Louise Medearis

Memorial for Mildred Louise Medearis

Born in Maxwell, Texas on Jan. 16, 1919
Departed on Dec. 17, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010
12 pm
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Mildred Louise Warren Medearis was born January 16, 1919 in Maxwell, Texas, the seventh of ten children born to Elmo Warren and Elizabeth Wilson Warren. She confessed Christ at an early age. She attended San Marcos Colored High School. After her family moved to Austin, Texas, she enrolled in the Austin Public School System, graduating from old Anderson High School.

Shortly after completing high school, Mildred married the late James W. Medearis. She attended and graduated from Madame C. J. Walker School of Cosmetology and was a member of Capitol City Cosmetology Club for many years. She received her B.S. Degree from Huston-Tillotson College and Master of Education in Special Education from Prairie View A&M University. She later became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Mildred was also a member of the Frederick Douglass Club, Austin's oldest Black women's club.

For years Mildred was a hair stylist with a loyal clientele and stayed involved with cosmetology, even during her career as an educator. Possessing a lifelong love of learning, she began her teaching career in the Georgetown Public Schools and afterwards taught for twenty-eight years in the Austin Independent School District. During her tenure, she touched the lives of many young people, providing for them a strong educational foundation.

Before joining Wesley United Methodist Church, Mildred was a member of her family church, St. Peter's United Methodist Church. At Wesley, Mildred was a longstanding member of the Usher Board and participated in many acts of service and hospitality. Mildred took delight in her involvement with Wesley's Annual Seven Tables Tea and Fashion Show events. She always was supportive of church activities and frequently joined others in presenting religious programs at the church.

Mildred was a great cook and gracious hostess. Her friends were welcomed into her home to share meals with her at the family table. Many remember her delicious home cooking and baking, which was without equal in her social circle. She was an avid bridge player and participated in a number of social activities. In her later years, she enjoyed activities at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband and eight brothers. She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter, Cheryl Mattingly, and one granddaughter, Tami Clark-Freeman, both of Austin, Texas; her sister, Marjorie Price of Los Angeles, California, and many relatives and friends.

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