Elizabeth Mayes (1917 - 2013)

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Elizabeth Mayes, 96, former resident of Bourbon County, died Oct. 26, 2013 in Fairfax, Va.
Although a Kentuckian, she was born July 30, 1917 in East. St. Louis, Ill. Her parents, James Lester and Lucille Ammerman, were Kentucky farmers seeking work in the rapidly expanding machine and manufacturing industry. At age 6, she returned with her family to the family farm in Shawhan, Ky., graduated from Ruddles Mills High School in 1933, entered Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College in 1935, and graduated in 1938 with a degree in elementary education.
Upon graduation, she taught at Louisville's James Russell Lowell Elementary School until 1941, when she married Fred M. Mayes of Mt. Sterling, Ky. (also Mackville, Ky.). They lived in Washington, DC for four years, where she worked briefly for the Office of Price Administration and suffered a lengthy illness.
In 1945, she and Mr. Mayes moved to the west Philadelphia area, where Sun Oil Company employed him as a research geophysicist. In 1955, he was transferred to Richardson, Texas to Sun's new Production Research Laboratory, and Mrs. Mayes began her widespread contribution to the formative development of the rapidly expanding town. She was on its first Community Concert board, which brought professional musical concerts to Richardson, she also belonged to the Bluebonnet Club, the Richardson Women's Association, and the American Association of University Women. Served on Richardson's library board, was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson and later Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
In 1976, she returned to the Philadelphia area with her husband, and he died in 1998 and was buried in Battle Grove Cemetary in Cynthiana. She continued to live in the Philadelphia area and volunteered teaching English as a second language and reading at inner city schools until 2003, and in 2009, she moved to Fairfax, Va. Her three principal devotions in life were God, family, and cooking.
Survivors include: her two younger sisters (both over 90), Eloise W. Letton of Danville, Ky. and Ruth M. Harney of Paris, Ky; her son, Fred Jr. of Upper Marlboro, Md.; a daughter, Melinda of Reston, Va.; and two grandchildren, Marina E. Mayes and D. Vitaly Mayes.
A memorial service will be held at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home Home, Cynthiana, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org), Samaritan's Purse (www.SamaritansPurse.org), or American Forests (www.americanforests.org).
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Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home
112 North Walnut Street
Cynthiana, KY 41031
(859) 234-6333
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Nov. 14, 2013
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