Opal Faye Quinley
of Navarro County, Texas


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Opal Faye Quinley
Jun 25, 1907 - Sep 23, 1985

Photo submitted by Karen Rost

Miss Faye Quinley

CHS Vocational Department Honors Retiring Colleague
The Vocational Department of Corsicana High School honored a retiring colleague Tuesday evening with a dinner party in the homemaking department which the honoree, Miss Faye Quinley, has headed since 1946.

Vocational faculty members and school administrators, their husbands and wives, were on hand for the event planned by Vocational Chairman Emmett McCulley and coordinated by Miss Quinley’s homemaking staff, including Mmes. Martha Dunlap, Gladys Herring, Vivian Hicks and Edna Parks.

At the end of the school year, Miss Quinley will close a teaching career spanning 40 years. As revealed in the “This Is Your Life” presentation by McCulley, the career began in a four-teacher school at Cryer Creek.

The only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Quinley, she was born in the Barry community. Her mother died when she was three and her father when she was about 11, and she was reared by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bingham and aunt, Miss Nell Bingham.

Young Faye attended school in Barry and was graduated from high school in Fort Worth. She attended Texas Wesleyan College, where she received a degree in homemaking. She also attended North Texas State University and later earned a master’s degree in homemaking education from East Texas State University.

In touching on her first teaching position, McCulley mentioned that Miss Quinley taught third and fourth grades at Cryer Creek and shared the teacherage “on campus” with Mrs. Beula Huff and her young son “Frenchie”.

Since Frenchie was in her class, Miss Quinley was urged by her friend Mrs. Huff to administer whatever discipline was needed. Miss Quinley obliged giving Capt. A. F. Huff, whose ship picked up the astronauts of Apollo 15, his only spanking of his school days.

Miss Quinley taught at Malone in Hill County for five years before accepting a position on the faculty of Travis Elementary School in Corsicana. She later taught homemaking at Corsicana Junior High School and joined the CHS faculty in 1946.

The homemaking department chairman has seen a lot of changes since that time. In 1954 she assisted with the planning and construction supervision on a new homemaking building at the high school, and when the new high school was built two years ago, she helped with plans for its extensive homemaking department facilities.

The work has expanded through the years. Miss Quinley started the Home Economics Cooperative Education program three years ago and helped institute Coordinated Vocation Academic Education in Corsicana Public School two years ago.

Through the years, she has served not only the schools but the community as well, offering summer classes for adults since 1954 and annual Christmas workshops, providing area residents with creative ideas for holiday decorations, foods, and gifts.

Since Christmas 1955, Miss Quinley and her staff and students have served an annual dinner to the Corsicana School Board. She has made countless Christmas stockings for the children of faculty members, school administrators and other friends.

Sponsor of the Future Homemakers of America, she has attended dozens of FHA banquets, area and state conventions and has also been advisor to the Corsicana Chapter of Young Homemakers of Texas.

Professional organizations with which she is affiliated include the Vocational Homemaking Teachers Association, National Education Association, Corsicana Classroom Teachers Association, Corsicana Educators Association, District Home Economists Association and Delta Kappa Gama Society for Women Educators.

She is also a member of First Methodist Church in Corsicana and of the Altrusa Club, women’s service organization.

McCulley’s biography, delivered the spirit of fun, also had the ring of friendship, respect and admiration, as he summarized her activities and contributions as well as alluding to her skill at organization. He referred to her long association with a Corsicana High School tradition, the annual coronation pageant which she served as chairman from 1953 until the final pageant in 1970.

With regard to her plans for the future, Miss Quinley has a lot of loafing to catch up on. Homemaking teachers do not get long summer vacations because of the special programs they implement. She says that she will probably spend some time in Freeport with her “family”, Mrs. J. A. Wilkinson, her son James and daughter, Beth, with whom she lived for many years in Corsicana and with whom she has spent Christmas vacations and holidays through the years.

The retiring teacher was presented with a gift of pearls from her colleagues, as well as a cranberry glass bowl, and McCulley’s closing tribute to her service and faithfulness and expression of thanks for “helping to make this world a better place to live in” was underscored by those in attendance at the Tuesday evening gala. They gave her a standing ovation.



Faye Quinley

Faye Quinley, 78, of Freeport and a native of Barry, died Monday in Freeport after a short illness.

Service is 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

She taught in the Corsicana Independent School District most of her career before retirement in 1972.

She was also chairwoman of the homemaking department at Corsicana High School.

She is survived by an aunt and two cousins.

Pallbearers are Kenneth Gossage, Glenn Dunlap, Marshall Massengale, J. C. Roe, H. J. Herring and Doug Magee.



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