Mary Maxine Emery (Nee Stone) passed away peacefully at home on November 23, 2017. She was born on July 2, 1923 to Thomas Roscoe Stone and Velma Sue Stone in Macon, MO.
She is survived by her four children: Carolyn Bacilek (James), Sue Ellen Jones, William Emery (Susan) and Sarah Elizabeth Banks (Christopher); three grandchildren: John Bacilek, Brad Bacilek and Jacquelyn Emery; five great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Keith Emery.
Maxine began her career in education by teaching high school English and business education in Corpus Christi, TX. After a few years she was employed by the Texas Education Agency as an Educational Specialist in business and vocational education serving local school districts and public community colleges within a 40-county area of central and south Texas. She was later promoted to the central agency in Austin as the Chief Consultant for both secondary and postsecondary business and vocational education in Texas.
Her career in business and vocational education included national, state, and local recognition. She implemented a bilingual business education program in Brownsville, Texas that was honored in 1969 by the U.S. Office of Education as the most innovative program that year and further recognized by the Texas State Board of Education as an exemplary contribution to the education in Texas.
In 1987 she was recognized by Governor Mark White of Texas with an award as the “Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Maxine received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and English from the University of Missouri and a master’s in business administration from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.
She completed her doctoral coursework in educational administration from the University of Texas in Austin. She started her own consulting firm and worked with 45 local school districts assisting with curriculum and staff development activities, as well as verifying compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines for educational services.
Maxine was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and DAR.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Seaside Reid Chapel. Interment will follow on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.