Name: Marvis COULTER
Death: 15 DEC 2005 in Lakeland, , West Virginia
Published Saturday, December 17, 2005
Change Date: 2 JUL 2010 at 01:00:00
Mavis Runion, 94, Polk School Board
By Rhonda Gentle
LAKELAND -- During her 42-year career as a school teacher, Mrs. Mavis S. R union always put a major emphasis on reading.
"She said that if they didn't learn how to read then they couldn't compreh end and learn other subjects," her daughter, Marcella Ruel of Lakeland, sa id.
The retired first grade teacher at Combee Elementary School died of compli cations following a stroke Thursday (Dec. 15, 2005) in Lakeland. She was 9 4.
Born in Dille, W.Va., on Sept. 25, 1911, she was raised on a farm in We st Virginia.
She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and obtained her teachi ng degree from Glenville State Teachers College in West Virginia.
Mrs. Runion began her career in 1933, teaching in a two-room school hou se in West Virginia.
Mrs. Runion loved children and had eight of her own and one on the way wh en her husband of 15 years passed away in 1947.
"Mom was also a licensed cosmetologist, and after our dad died then she st arted working two jobs to support eight kids. She opened up this beauty sh op in one room of our home and worked that in the evenings, weekends and d uring the summer when school was not in session," Marcella Ruel said. "S he instilled a strong work ethic into every one of us and intended for ea ch and every one of us to be extremely independent. She was an incredib le lady and such a compassionate person."
She came to Lakeland from Clay, W.Va., in 1956.
Her career with the Polk County School Board teaching first grade start ed at John Cox Elementary School. She later taught at Lime Street Elementa ry and Combee Elementary School.
"She did her first retirement in 1978, but she said she had to get it o ut of her system. So she went as a substitute teacher for two years, but s he was always in a classroom and she was in great demand," Ruel said.
She was an artist and enjoyed painting and making quilts.
She was a member of Bonny Baptist Church.
Mrs. Runion was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Streets, a nd second husband, James Runion, in the mid 1960s. In addition to her daug hter, Marcella Ruel, she is survived by her sons, Duane Streets, Haines Ci ty, Kenneth Streets, Thomasville, Ga., Dane Streets, Lakeland; stepson, Ro bert Johnson, Lakeland; daughters, Patsy Carroll, Sandra Dean, Shirley Mur ray and Carol Adams, all of Lakeland; 24 grandchildren; 49 great-granchild ren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Lakeland Funeral Home. Ser vices will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Father: Jefferson Hampton COULTER b: OCT 1877
Mother: Clara Ann BUTCHER b: JUN 1878 in , Nicholas, West Virginia
Mark C. STREET
- Living RUNION
- Living JOHNSON