Miss Tays was a graduate of the Booneville High School. In June, 1929, she received a B.S. degree from Athens College, Alabama, where it was said of her "she was a girl of excellent personage, possessed of that rare combination of playfulness and perserverance. She was highly accomplished in the art of frienship. She had the qualities of a good friend, a good student, and good companion." She was a member of Sigma Delta Literary Society, Vice-President of the Home Economics Club 1927-28, Spanish Club, Hiking Club Captain and the Little Orphan Annie Club.
For twenty-seven years Miss Tays was a teacher; two years of this time in Biggersville Home Economics Department and 25 years in Jumpertown and Booneville Elementary Department where her quality of leadership and her natural abiltiy to guide and influence made her an outstanding woman in her profession.
She gave to her age and her time the gift of a constructive and creative mind. Through the years she gave generously from the heart, love, and understanding and sympathy, the greatest gift of all--a portion of herself.
Posessing a great gift as a teacher, she mastered the various phases of her profession.
A believer in the great building power of work in all her duties, her faith, her integrity and her ideals were reflected. She did her work quietly and effectively with a prayer of thankfulness and the aspriation to serve.
Miss Tays will be remembered as a lady of versatile talents whose distinction of mind and character won for her the right of leadership in the teaching field. She will be affectionately remembered and the children she taught will continue to be grateful for the influence shed around them, through her association. In all of her dealings she was fair and gracious in her manner.
Through the fidelity of her sisters, actuated by their deep love for her, she was tenderly and patiently cared for, hourly and daily with their personal ministrations which were sustaining in the long years of her illness. With unusual courage she met the challenge of each new day with a serene faith in her desiny.
A rare noble type of womanhood has passed on but she was one whose good deeds in behalf of others will long survive her.
Services were held Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock in McMillan Funeral chapel when her pastor, the Reverand E. S. Furr, gave an eloquent appreciation for her in his tribute.
The large concourse of friends attending the final rites was silent testimonial to the love and respect in which she was held.
She was buried in the Booneville Cemetery amid a bank of beautiful flowers.
Pall bearers were: Norman Young, Richard Heyer, Dalton Garner, Billy Orval Spain, John Bell Young, Jr., and Guy Wayne Robertson.
She leaves one brother, Herbert E. Tays; six sisters, Misses Sybil and Mildred Tays, Mrs. Tom Peeler, Mrs. Lila T. Young, Mrs. John Bell Young, Mrs. Guy Robertson, all of Booneville, and a number of nieces and nephews.