Cornelia Sue Britt McAulay “Mrs. Mac”, age 85, formerly of Beeville, Texas. Born July 12, 1933, in Amarillo, Texas. Died February 27, 2019, in Paris, Texas.
Sue graduated from Amarillo High School in 1952 and Sul Ross State College in 1967. She married Garland Everett “Mac” McAulay in Amarillo Texas at the First Baptist Church, August 17, 1954.
Mrs. Mac’s teaching career began in 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia at St. Joseph’s Catholic School teaching 7th and 8th graders. In 1957 and 1958 she taught first grade at Webster Elementary in Eagle Pass, Texas. She taught 2 years of 3rd grade at FMC in Beeville before beginning her 30-year career at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. At TJJHS, she taught Life Science, Sex Education, and Drug Education. She was instrumental in the early programs of drug abuse and awareness and worked with the Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Program alongside Sheriff Bob Horn and Dr. John Hester. Her students will remember her dissecting frogs, having a variety of room animals, and rescuing/fostering any animal a student brought to her, the wildest being “Pork Chop” the javelina.
The Welder Wildlife Refuge Center was one of the many places she loved volunteering, along with the Shoreline Ecology efforts on the Corpus Christi beaches; studying wildlife in the Rocky Mountain National Park; directing the Youth Choir at St. Joseph’s in Beeville; and teaching summer school for the dependents of migrant workers. She was the store lady at Camp Rio Vista for boys in Ingram, Texas for many summers. The hill country was one of her big loves as the family returned to Ingram summer after summer. She was one of the first friends of James Avery to sell his jewelry out of her home in Kerrville and Beeville. She loved to act and had roles on stage in the Beeville Little Theatre where lifelong friendships began. She will be remembered by many teachers for decorating the teachers lounge for every occasion, bringing homemade hot yeast rolls and cherry pizza pie to the lounge or to anyone that might be sick or just because.
She and Mac loved their many adventures to Estes Park, Colorado with Bettie and Sam and Carol and Ed; Puebla, Mexico to see the making of the Talavera pottery; wild taxi rides in Mexico City; whale watching in Victoria, British Columbia; exploring Yosemite Park; dropping coins and attending shows in Las Vegas; bus trips to Branson, Missouri; and countless shows at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
Above all, Mrs. Mac will be remembered for her love of teaching, mentoring, and counseling thousands of students over the years; her sense of humor and laughter; and her commitment to making learning fun.
Mrs. Mac is survived by her husband of 64 years, Mr. Mac, sister Ann, children Doug, Cindy, and Rhonda; granddaughters Audrey, Amy, Shannon, and Allie. Great-grandchildren: Brayden, Miah, Tres, Cooper, Britt, and Trysten, her many student, teacher, and church friends, and her beloved Circle of Friends: Vicki, Helen, Julie, Carolyn, Karen, Joy, and Marion.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 908 N. Washington, Beeville, Texas 78102 where donations can be made in her memory.
Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.
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