Thelma Lois (Cary) Tacneau

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Thelma Lois Cary Tacneau, retired distinguished educator, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, passed away on July 3rd, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, having moved there with her sister to be closer to family. She was born on April 27th, 1917 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was the last of four children born to Effie and Selena Cary. She was married to Torris J. Tacneau who preceded her in death as did her brothers Wilmar Oscar Cary and Leslie Lee Cary. Thelma was baptized at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church by Reverend J. A. Bacoats. She remained active in the church from childhood beginning with her participation in Sunday School. Primary among her many church activities were the April Month Club and the Senior Usher Board, where she was a diligent member. Thelma graduated from McKinley High School in 1931. From there she attended Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1935, and later went to Atlanta University where she received a Master of Education degree in 1944 with a concentration in Supervision and School Administration. Thelma's keen interest in people drew her to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was initiated into the Alpha Tau Chapter at Southern University on November 17th, 1934 and continued to serve with vigor and enthusiasm in the Boston chapter from 2004 until her death. Thelma's desire to serve and her love of children led her to work with young people, first as an instructor and then as an elementary school principal for nearly 50 years. She was principal at Eden Park where there were four classrooms and four teachers, Perkins Road Elementary, and Buchannan which was the first minority school to integrate staff and the first school to have a Gifted and Talented multi-racial program. She mentored teachers, urged them to excel, and sent them out into the world to achieve. She also worked with young people as a volunteer in organizations including the Child Abuse Association (Board of Directors), Family Counseling Services (Board of Directors), Blundon Home for Adolescent Residents (adolescent chaperone and Board of Directors), and the Maggie-Nance Ringgold Unit of the YWCA. In addition, she worked with the elderly in nursing homes and with the sick at Earl K. Long Hospital. Thelma also served in various civic organizations including the United Negro Recreational Association, Baton Rouge Human Relations Council, the Baton Rouge Mental Health association, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Capital Area United Way, Race and Religion Task Force, Friends of Education Association, and Gifted and Talented Student Association. Her professional affiliations included the East Baton Rouge Parish Principals' Association, Louisiana Elementary Principals Association, National Education Association, the American Association of University Women, and Southern University Chapter Phi Delta Kappa Sorority. Thelma was recognized for her outstanding service with the Sarah Edwina Prescott Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award; the Southern University Humanities Award for Outstanding Service rendered to the Louisiana community in education, the arts, and government; the National Parent-Teacher Association Award; Louisiana State University School of Social Welfare Children's Award; Speech and Hearing Foundation Activist Award; Jack and Jill of America Outstanding Educator Award; the Trail Blazer Award presented by the Cultural Development/Support Guild of New St. John Baptist Church; the Earl K. Long Hospital Volunteer Service Committee Award; the Volunteer Activists Award and recognition from the State of Louisiana Senate; the East Baton Rouge Parish Desegregation Committee Certificate for extraordinary efforts toward helping to facilitate school desegregation; the Louisiana State Senate, State of Louisiana Senate Chamber Baton Rouge named her Honorary State Senator and the Baton Rouge Office of the Metropolitan Council named her Honorary Council Member of the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge. Thelma leaves to cherish her memory her loving sister Earline Cary Williams, niece Carmen Williams Watkins and fiancé Michael F. Dwyer, nephew Winfred W. Williams, Jr., M.D. and wife Lynise, nephew Wendol A. Williams, Sr., M.D. and wife Deanna, niece Geraldine Hawkins and husband Joel, grandniece Cary Allain Williams, grandnephew Wendol Arthur Williams, Jr., grandnephew Mason Palermo Williams, cousins Comie Barges, Calvin Barges, Ray Barges, Brenda Anderson, Daisy Barges, Grace Major, Delores Wright, Willis Reed, Jr., Audrey Stewart, Carolyn Prewitt, Frederick Reed, Raphew Reed, Margie Broussard, Shirley Joy Henderson, Charles Wesley Lewis, Zolee Lewis, Eric Nelson, Lawrence Nelson, Jr., Peggy Green Jackson, Sharon Green, Sherman Michael Green, Avis Baker White, Trudy White, Dana White, Marilyn Baker Guy, George Baker, Alvin Baker, nephew Charles F. Booker, close family friend and neighbor Roberta S. Tyson, former student Carolyn James, godchild Mamye Lynn Hall, "daughter" Judy James Williams, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hall Davis and Sons Funeral Service, 9348 Scenic Highway, preceded by Delta Sigma Theta Omega Omega Ceremony at 12:15 p.m., followed by interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, 4045 North Street, Baton Rouge, La.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 8 to July 10, 2014
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