Eddie Mae Scarbrough – Chief Orange

Eddie Mae Scarbrough, 99, of Kaufman, Texas went to join the Lord on May 18, 2022 in Kaufman.

She was born on November 18, 1922 to Ed and May Scarbrough in Eustace, TX.

After graduating from Eustace High School, she attended Northwestern University and the University of North Texas where she earned a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree from Lamar University in 1972.

Eddie Mae was principal of the campus kindergarten from 1943 to 1963 in Orange, Texas, taught 4 years in Louisiana and 17 more years in West Orange before retiring in 1985.

She has held various positions with the local ACEI (Association of Childhood Education International), including that of state vice president representing preschools.

During this time, she served as president of a state group to educate the public on the need for more regulations regarding private schools for preschoolers.

She has also been a member of the TSTA, ETA, National Home Economics Association, Child Research Associates and the Council of Exceptional Children.

Eddie Mae was active in the Baptist Church in various positions; assistant superintendent of Sunday School, sang in the church choir, led various Sunday School departments, and taught Sunday School, most recently as a member of the Kaufman First Baptist Church.

She was a member of the original board of directors of the Orange Concert Association and of the original board of directors of the Lutcher Theater in Orange. His parents, Ed and May, sisters: Lora Mae Campbell and Retha Scarbrough; brothers: Roy F. Scarbrough, Oran E. Scarbrough, Eiland A. Scarbrough and AG Scarbrough predeceased her.

Those who cherish her memory are nieces and nephews: Linda Boysen and her husband Bill of Granbury, John Scarbrough and his wife Jane of Ridgefield, CT, Virginia Thomas of Dallas, Patsy Trail of Kaufman, Carole Aga and her husband Bobby of Kaufman , many other great nieces and nephews and a host friend who will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the First Baptist Church of Kaufman Senior Adult Ministries or the Kaufman County Library.

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