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Dr Maunelle W Waggoner Belles
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1919
Lonoke County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 2007
Arizona, USA

Dr. Maunelle W. (Waggoner) Martin was the second wife of Ted L. Belles of Arizona. She was first married to William "Bill" Martin, who died in 1978. Their daughter was Nancy Martin. Maunelle's parents were John Cooke and Nelle (Dawson) Waggoner.


Her obituary was published at a page of obituaries and death notices of people connected to Window Rock High School, April 2009; Lakeside, Navajo County, Arizona:

Dr. Maunelle Martin Belles
October 29, 1919 - April 29, 2007

Dr. Maunelle Waggoner Martin Belles, 87, passed away on Sunday, April 29, as a result of a stroke. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Maunelle was born in Lonoke, Arkansas, to John Cooke Waggoner and Nelle Dawson Waggoner. She is the sister of Betty Waggoner Mitchell.

Maunelle received her Bachelors Degree in Social Science from then-named Arkansas State Teachers College and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.

During World War II, Maunelle took time off from teaching to go to work at Convair in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was the only female parts inspector at that aircraft factory and got the job because of her college degree and a proficiency in math.

In 1957, she, her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Nancy, moved to Ft. Defiance, Arizona, and lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Bill, who passed away in 1978, was the first high school principal at Window Rock High School and later became superintendent. Maunelle taught Latin, Speech, Drama, English and Math and formed the National Thespian Society.

Maunelle continued with her education and obtained her Doctorate in Education from Arizona State University where she wrote her dissertation, Current Problems and Promising Innovations in Curriculum and Instruction. She went on to teach for 20 years at Mesa Community College and was chosen as Teacher of the Year at MCC/Mesa before her retirement. She also served two years as President of the Arizona Classroom Teachers Association and was awarded ACT's "Outstanding Contribution in Education". She served on National Education Association Committees.

In 1978, Maunelle received an invitation from the government of Egypt to be part of an advisory panel comprised of representatives of different professional groups. She traveled to Egypt and spent two months there, working with Egyptian officials, advising them of ways to implement changes to their educational system.

Maunelle taught for 50 years, and aside from her family, it was the overriding passion of her life. She loved to teach and could not wait to get to the classroom each day. She retired from teaching at the age of 80.

The "Dr. Maunelle Martin Memorial" scholarship has been established by her Mesa Community College associates. Contributions to this scholarship can be made out to Maricopa Colleges Foundation and mailed to:

Care of Deb Devore
1833 W. Southern Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85202

At the family's request, there will be no funeral services.

Maunelle is survived by her daughter, Nancy Martin Rikel, grandson, Christopher Rikel, great-granddaughter, Niccolette Rikel; three stepsons, Mark David Belles, Mitchell Walker Belles, and Steven Patrick Belles, and stepdaughter, Carol Williams; and a sister, Betty Mitchell and niece, Mindy Mitchell Barlow.
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  Ted L Belles (1926 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: DW Brumm
Record added: Nov 19, 2012
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Dr Maunelle W <i>Waggoner</i> Belles
Added by: DW Brumm
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