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Christine (Mayes) Wallace

Wallace, Christine Mayes
Christine Mayes Wallace, loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher of all went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 17, 2008. Born on January 18, 1912 in Lewisville, Texas she is preceded in death by husband, W. Morris Wallace; siblings, Fredda Mayes Wilcher, Margye Mayes Cluck, and Clyde Edward "Count" Mayes. Survived by her son, William Mayes Wallace and his wife Linda; grandchildren, William Branton Wallace, Ph.D., and Matthew Alexander Wallace; siblings, Merle Mayes Isom, Regina Mayes Stephens, Cora Mayes Cerniak, Edgar D. Mayes, Frederick W. "Ted" Mayes, Jack H. Mayes, numerous nieces and nephews and her extended family at the Meadows Nursing Home. A resident of University Park since 1945, Mrs. Wallace taught 3rd grade in Carrollton and at University Park Elementary School. She enjoyed a true love of teaching and the three generations of students she taught. She was twice named "Teacher of the Year" by Highland Park ISD. Involved and community dedicated, she was Past-President of Delta Kappa Gamma, Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Peter's Colony Historical Society, and member of the Retired Teacher's Association. Mrs. Wallace was a woman of strong faith and a member of Park Cities Baptist Church since October 13, 1946 where she taught Sunday school for over 40 years. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM Monday October 20, 2008 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 2PM Tuesday October 21, 2008 at Park Cities Baptist Church, Ellis Chapel, 3933 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Building Campaign, 5641 Medical Center Dr., Dallas, TX 75235.

The Dallas Morning News on October 19, 2008
Submitted by Jan Jones



Spent nearly 40 years teaching third-graders

Christine Mayes Wallace devoted her nearly 40-year teaching career to third-grade students, the age when she felt she could make the most difference in their young lives.

Mrs. Wallace, 96, died Friday of natural causes at Meadows Nursing Home.

Services were Tuesday at Park Cities Baptist Church, where she had been an active member for 62 years.

Mrs. Wallace felt the third grade was the pivotal year, said her son, William Mayes "Bill" Wallace of Plano.

Mrs. Wallace had been quoted as saying a classroom is four walls and a roof with the future inside, her son said.

"She taught three generations of kids," her son said. Mrs. Wallace had former students who brought their children and grandchildren to visit her in the nursing home, her son said.

Born in Lewisville, Mrs. Wallace was one of 10 children in her family who grew up on a farm in Carrollton near what is now Interstate 35E and Trinity Mills Road.

In 1937, Mrs. Wallace earned a bachelor's degree from Texas State College for Women, now Texas Woman's University. In 1964, she earned a master's degree in education from what is now the University of North Texas.

Mrs. Wallace began teaching in Carrollton - where two of her sisters were already teaching - while she was a college undergraduate.

"My grandfather told the school board superintendent, 'Get Christine back from college,' and 'that she'd make a good teacher,'" her son said. "She started teaching in 1931."

In Carrollton, Mrs. Wallace's students included a younger sister and a cousin, Tom Vandergriff, whose public service career would include being the longtime mayor of Arlington, U.S. congressman and Tarrant County judge.

Mrs. Wallace taught for 13 years in Carrollton.

"At the visitation Monday night, there were people there she had taught who called her Ms. Mayes," her son said of her former Carrollton students.

In 1943, Mrs. Wallace married William Morris Wallace. Mr. Wallace died in October 1972.

During World War II, Mrs. Wallace worked for the Highland Park Draft Board, her son said.

In 1945, the couple moved to University Park, where she resumed her teaching career at University Park Elementary School in the mid-1950s.

She was twice named teacher of the year by the Highland Park Independent School District. She retired in 1979.

Mrs. Wallace also taught Sunday school at Park Cities Baptist Church for more than 40 years, her son said.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Wallace is survived by three sisters, Cora Mayes Cerniak of Garland and Merle Mayes Isom and Regina Mayes Stephens, both of Dallas; three brothers, Edgar D. Mayes of Duncanville, Frederick W. "Ted" Mayes of Lewisville and Jack H. Mayes of Midlothian, and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the building fund campaign at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, 5641 Medical Center Drive, Dallas, Texas 75235.

The Dallas Morning News on October 23, 2008
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


W. MORRIS - 1904 - 1972
CHRISTINE M. 1912 - 2008

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