Maebelle grew up in the Huber Community and graduated with the class of 1950 from Timpson High School. After high school, she worked and attended business college and later she enrolled in Stephen F. Austin Teacher’s College where she worked for the band director, Jimmy Hudgins and was a member of the SFA Marching Band. She earned a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Teaching Certificate. She spent several years in the late 50s and early 60s teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in Timpson before being hired to teach Business Administration at Garrison High School in 1964. She loved teaching typing, shorthand and bookkeeping. Several of her students medaled at state UIL competition. In 1984, Maebelle became the 1stfemale principal of Garrison High School where she served for over 6 years.
After husband’s sudden death she was thrust into a career as administrator of the Garrison Nursing Home, which the Yarbrough family owned. She brought a new level of care and service to a nursing home already known for good care and helped, with the assistant of her loving staff, take the Garrison Nursing Home to new heights.
Also, after her husband’s death in 1994, she took over his ranching activities. She certified the herd with the Santa Gertrudis Association and has been known to have one of the best herds of Santa Gertrudis cattle in Texas. Anyone who has driven by can attest to what pretty “red cows” she had.
Maebelle always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of others, and she made that her life’s mission no matter where she happened to be. She was a distinguished member of the Garrison Lions Club. She was a talented pianist. Maebelle was a member of Eastern Star and was also their pianist for many years. Her love for the Lord was paramount in her life. She was a woman who accepted any challenge and excelled at anything she set forth to do, she left an unforgettable imprint on her community that will be a legacy for years to come.