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Mayme Smedley, popular teacher

Mayme Smedley, a popular English teacher who spent most of her 43-year career in Pinellas County schools, has died in DeLand at age 89. Miss Smedley, who lived at 800 Beach Drive NE, had been in ill health for more than a year. She was a patient at St. Anthony's Hospital before moving about two weeks ago to DeLand, the home of several relatives. She died Wednesday (Feb. 14, 1990).

At Mirror Lake Junior High, where she taught ninth grade and was head of the English department, Miss Smedley was "a very popular teacher," according to Mary Ohrns, who taught eighth grade there at the same time. "She was excellent," she said Monday. "She had wonderful control of her class. I think the children loved her very much."

To J. Allan Rudolph, who was in Miss Smedley's Mirror Lake class in 1945, "She was the one of the most memorable people I ever knew. She brought the best out in her students and made the study of the English language a delight."

Miss Smedley was born in Arcadia and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. She did graduate work at Stetson University and Florida State University.

Her first teaching job, in 1920, was in Ocala. Two years later she became an assistant elementary principal in Lake County.

In 1926 she came to Pinellas County. She taught at Pass-a-Grille, Disston Junior High School, Boys Junior High and Mirror Lake Junior High before finishing her career in 1963 at St. Petersburg High School.

A former president of the Pinellas County Teachers Association, Miss Smedley was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and formerly served on the executive board of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and its state executive board. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Southern Women's Study Group.

At First United Methodist Church, she had been Sunday school superintendent, a member of the chapel class and a local president of United Methodist Women.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Lankford Funeral Home, DeLand, was in charge of arrangements.

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