Mary Frances Hooper Brandon, a native of Rutherford County, was born November 1, 1909, in Murfreesboro, TN and died at her home in Smyrna, TN on September 25, 2011, at the age of 101 and 11 months. She was preceded in death by her parents, "Fanny" and Ed Hooper, her brothers: Edwin, John and Ernest and her husband M.B Brandon who served as the superintendent of Rutherford County schools for many years. She is survived by her daughters: Jane (Dorris E. "Jack") Curtis of Beech Grove, TN and Judy (Olan J. "Zeke") Clemens of Smyrna, TN; five grandchildren: Jackie C. (Bob) Morton of Beech Grove, TN, Jay B. Curtis of Pelham, TN, Jenann C. (Mark) Lay of Cleveland, TN, Olan J. "Buster" (Kim) Clemens of Memphis and Charles B. "Chuck" (Katie) Clemens of Murfreesboro; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Central High School and received her MS degree from MTSU. She touched the lives of the many students whom she taught during the more than forty years with the Rutherford County Board of Education teaching both elementary and high school students as well as directing the Title One Program for improving reading in Rutherford County Schools.
Mary Frances' life was a life of service to others and was based on her favorite song since childhood, "Others." She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in 1920. She served her church through Women of the Church and was honored by a Life Membership in 1987. In addition, she served her church at different times as chief cook, making bread for Newcomers and helping mail the monthly newsletters. She also was a volunteer driver for "Meals on Wheels" and Churchwomen United's Transportation Projects.
Visitation with Mary Frances' family will be from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church, 210 North Spring St, Murfreesboro, TN. 37130. The funeral will be at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church with burial following at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice. Her great grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.
M B Brandon (1908 - 1983)
Roselawn Memorial Gardens
Created by: Kaleb Smotherman
Record added: Oct 02, 2011
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