Patsy Mayo
Patsy Mayo
  • March 20, 1941 - November 19, 2010
  • Raymond, Mississippi

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Patsy Mayo, devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated Christian, unbelievable cook, incessant gardener, and fixer of most all problems passed on November 19, 2010.

Patsy Jane Orr Mayo was born in the red clay hills of Choctaw County in the community of Chester , Mississippi on March 20, 1941 . Her parents, Pauline Orr and Elonzo Hudson Orr, who preceded her in death, instilled a strong work ethic, can-do spirit, deep sense of the value of family, and a strong Christian faith.

Patsy attended Millsaps College where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. After graduating from Millsaps in three years, she furthered her education by earning a Masters Degree at the University of Mississippi . Shortly after earning her degrees she traveled throughout the Southeast. Her teaching destinations included cities in Texas, Tennessee , and Mississippi . During this time the desire to travel even farther from home struck. The journey started with the selling of all her possessions that would not fit in her car, and driving north to Anchorage , AK . Once in Anchorage , she met a fellow Mississippian by the name of Robert M. Mayo, Jr. A courtship ensued and they were married. While in Alaska two children were born, Robert M. Mayo III and Allison Lee Mayo.

After living in Alaska for several years they decided to come back to Mississippi to allow their children to establish a deeper connection with extended family members. At this point, she took a job as a principal with Hinds County Schools. Later she would also serve as an administrator with Starkville City Schools. She eventually retired as the Workforce Development coordinator of Hinds Community College.

In addition to a long and distinguished career in the education world she supported the Raymond United Methodist Church with her thoughts, prayers, actions and financial giving. She served as a long tenured Sunday School teacher and Lay Leader. She also chaired the committee for the construction of the Family Life Center . This single-minded dedication to the church caused her to be affectionately referred to by one nephew as, "the church lady of life".

Patsy is survived by her husband Robert (Bob) M. Mayo, Jr., son Robert (Rob) M. Mayo III, his wife Jennifer, their children, Mason and Lydia ; daughter Allison Mayo DeWeese, her husband Bryan, and their son Thomas. She is also survived by her siblings Billy Orr, Jerry Orr (Becky), Mitzi Lawrence (Harold) and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton , MS on Sunday from 3-5 PM . An additional visitation will be held at 10AM on Monday. Funeral services will be held at the Raymond United Methodist Church on Monday at 11 AM.

Memorial may be made to the building fund at Raymond United Methodist Church or the Patsy Mayo Scholarship Fund at Hinds Community College.

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