Sena Brown was born July 16, 1913 in Cotton Co., OK. She died Aug. 25, 1998 in Dublin, TX with burial in Lorenzo.
When Miss Brown was in her teens she had a tragic accident at Christmas of 1928. She was playing Santa Clause in a 4th grade room in the Petersburg School. There were lighted candles on the tree; she reached for a package in the branches and the Santa Claus suit caught on fire engulfing her in flames. She was a smart young lady. She stood still, closed her eyes and held her breath until the teacher could smother the flames with a coat. The next year was spent in hospital and recovery; none the less, she graduated from Petersburg High School; spent one year in college and started her teaching career by 1931.
She finally received her degree from Texas Tech in 1939. She was an excellent teacher and in 1985 was nominated for the Texas teacher of the year from the Lorenzo Schools where she finished her teaching career.
During World War Two, she held the Estacado school together (she said when all the men were gone). She acted as principal, taught two grades, often did the janitor work and drove a school bus. She taught all subjects; English, Math, Sciences, Spanish and finally Special Education.
She had a wide range of influence from her school room in addition to spending several years buying cotton and selling insurance in the Idalou, Petersburg, Lorenzo area.Submitted by Johanna Stobaugh Gray
Funeral services for Sena Marie Brown, 85, of Dublin, TX, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 1998, in Adams Funeral Home in Ralls with burial in the Lorenzo Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Bluebonnet Acres Care Center in Dublin.
Ms. Brown was born July 16, 1913, in Chattanooga, OK. She was a school teacher.
Survivors include a sister, Bobbie Bachus of Stephenville; and several nieces and nephews.
©The Crosby County News & Chronicle Friday, Sept. 4, & 11, 1998
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