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She lived life to the fullest:
Mayme Lou Barrett
Jan. 6, 1909 to Feb. 5, 2012
Mayme Lou Barrett's zest for life earned her the nickname "Sport" in childhood from an adoring uncle. Throughout her adult life, that enthusiasm and drive stayed with her; and when she died at age 103 at the Doves' Nest Assisted Living Facility, her friends and caretakers mourned the loss of their "life of the party" who'd been with them since March 2007. Born on Jan. 6, 1909 to George W. and Francis Bratcher of Fayette County, Texas, Mayme had a thirst for knowledge that lead her to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Incarnate Word University and to return to school at age 60 to receive a master's degree from Our Lady of the Lake. She worked as a clinical psychologist and was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 57 years. Mayme was noted for sharing rich colorful stories and fond memories from her more than a century of proud living in the great state of Texas. She loved nothing more than talking about her family - parents, and siblings Carrie B. Crenshaw and Dr. Alfred and Rev. Marcellus Bratcher who preceded her in death. She also bragged about her husband, George Bratcher, who worked as a Pullman porter for 25 years before his death in the early 1950's. Family meant a lot to Mayme. She doted on relatives including her sole surviving grand-niece, Sudonna Ward; Sudonna's daughter, Dawnalisa Edwards; and Dawnalisa's son Donovon. Sudonna recalls her aunt coming to visit family in Tulsa every summer during the 1950s thru 1990s. Sudonna recalls with fondness how "Aunt Mayme" loved yellow watermelon and always bestowed gifts. "Aunt Mayme" was fascinated by seeing her great, great, great grand-nephew Donovon come into the world in 2001. Mayme also found delight in visits from her relatives Raymond B. Kelly and Mary Edna Rice, Edward Bratcher, Jr. and Maryland Bratcher; A beloved nephew, Leon Bratcher, nieces Ann Burton, Dorothy Jackson, and Irma Taylor; and great grand-nephew Tanga Williams proceeded her in death. A lifelong Texan, Mayme lived at times in Flatonia, Muldoon and San Antonio. Her relatives extend deep appreciation to Doves' Nest, especially to Cathy Howard, Mayme's health provider, and caretakers David Mansour and James Woo; and heartfelt thanks to Porter Loring Memorial Chapel for handling her remains with the respect and professionalism the "dynamic lady" deserved.
While her relatives will miss the charming "Sport," they find comfort in the knowledge that she embraced life fully, enjoyed her time on Earth, and is now at peace with loved ones in Heaven.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3 pm. at Porter Loring Mortuary 2102 North Loop 1604 E San Antonio, TX.
Published in Express-News from May 23 to May 24, 2012