Mellie Jo Howard, 85, of Corsicana, passed away April 14, 2019 in Denton. Mellie was born March 15, 1934 in Corsicana to Homer G. and Grace (Johnston) Rendon.
Mellie was raised in Elm Flat and graduated from Kerens High School in 1951.
Mellie married Charles Howard and devoted her time to raising her children. When her children were all in elementary school, she enrolled in college and graduated from McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
Mellie received her Masters in Education from the University of North Texas. Mellie cherished her numerous former students and colleagues, having taught elementary school in Holliday, Wichita Falls, Hurst, Kerens and Corsicana during her over 30 year career.
She accepted Jesus as her personal savior as a child and was a member of First Baptist Church Corsicana.
Mellie spent her adult life in service to others. She actively lobbied for public education in Austin, as well as Washington D.C. and was active in the Texas State Teachers Association serving in numerous capacities.
Mellie also served as president of the Corsicana Retired Teachers organization. She was active in many organizations over the years, such as The Jose Antonio Navarro Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Past regent of the James Blair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Rebekahs, The Kinsloe House, appointed board member by Governor Ann Richards to the Trinity River Authority and numerous other organizations
Politics had been Mellie’s greatest passion. She was past chairman of the Navarro County Democratic Party and was selected as a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions in New York in 1992 and Chicago in 1996. She spent untold hours working polls and registering Navarro county voters.
Mellie was preceded in death by her loving parents Homer and Grace, infant sister Betty and brother Homer Keith Rendon.
She is survived by her son James Howard and wife Shontel of Dallas, daughters Marsha Marsh and husband Roger of Pilot Point and Mindy Arnold and husband Morris of Cedar Hill, six grandchildren Caleb Marsh, Robbi Horvath, Travis Marsh, Franklin Horvath, Hannah Howard and Julie Lyons, eight great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.
Funeral services were held April 19, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Kerens. Interment followed in Kerens Cemetery in Kerens.
Online condolences may be shared at www.slaymemorialfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center.