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Faye Emma Mansfield

Faye Emma Mansfield

July 1, 1913 - September 1, 2013

Faye Emma Mansfield was born July 1, 1913 to James Edward and Ethel Meeks Mansfield in La Plata, Missouri. She was their older child. Her brother Glen Mansfield provided her with an extended family of niece, Gail and nephew, Eddie.

Never marrying, education was her life’s interest. Faye began teaching in one-room schools after two years of college training at Illinois State Normal University. Then she taught at small town schools in Illinois.

Faye pursued higher education during summers and nights earning her Bachelors’ Degree from Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Illinois and her Masters Degree from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, New York City. She joined Kappa Delta Pi, a scholarship society. Her post-graduate work continued from Columbia University, New York City, from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed her Doctoral Credits from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, New York City.

Faye worked with the prospective teachers from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, and with Illinois State Normal University. Her public school supervisory teaching included schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. She then joined New York State Teachers’ College in Buffalo.

In 1947 she was called to return to Illinois State Normal University as a professor in the Metcalf Laboratory School where she remained until her retirement in 1972.

For over fifty-eight years, Faye was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Honorary Organization for women teachers.

In 1975 she moved to Sun City, Arizona. There she continued to work as a substitute teacher in several districts surrounding Sun City until she was 89 years of age. Faye was active in the Sew & Sew Club where she participated in style shows to exhibit clothes she made for herself and for many young family members.

Faye’s parents and brother preceded her in death. She is survived by one niece, Gail Clarkson (Ivan), one nephew G. E. “Eddie” Mansfield, Jr. (Lois) and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She requested that there be no visitation of funeral services. Travis Funeral Chapel, La Plata Missouri is handling her arrangements and cremation.

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