Obituary published Nov. 28, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
Nancy M. Brett of Mexico died on Nov. 27, 2012 at her home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
Nancy MacFarland Brett was born in 1945 in Glendale, Calif. She grew up in Pomona, a town in Southern California, and graduated from high school there in 1963. She then attended University of Colorado and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech, drama and English. Thereafter, she attended graduate school at Cal State, Fullerton and earned her 5 year California secondary teaching credential in speech, drama and English. At that time, New York and California were the only two states requiring five year teaching certificates.
Nancy met her husband, Brad, in college and they were married in 1968. Her teaching career began in 1968 at West Covina High School, in California, while her Marine husband went to Viet Nam. The following year they moved to Virginia where she substituted. Then, in 1970, they moved to Columbia, Mo., while her husband attended law school. She was hired as administrative assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Columbia Schools, Russell Thompson. In 1971 Oakland Junior High School opened, and Nancy was hired to teach speech, drama and English.
In 1974, the couple moved to Mexico where Nancy taught homebound students for the district. In 1985, after their three sons, Rusty, Michael and Tyler were in school full-time, she was hired to teach drama and English at MHS. At that time, the drama program only had one class. She was able to build the program to Drama I, II and III. She found it fun and challenging co-directing the fall musical with the music department and beginning a spring Dessert Theatre which featured One Act Plays. Her drama classes performed children's theatre for area schools and performed plays for local residential care facilities for senior citizens. She sponsored an active drama club and attended the Ball State University summer program for drama teachers. She also took students to New York on an American Student Travel drama trip. After seven years of teaching drama, she resigned from that post to teach all English which included freshman English, College Composition and English Literature. Nancy was president of CTA and a member of Missouri Association of Teachers of English where she was active in workshops and presentations. She also served on several educational committees for the school district. She retired from teaching in 1999.
Community activities include being a past president of GFWC Women's Club, past board member of Presser Hall Performing Arts, past secretary and current board member of A+ for Mexico Schools, past tutor and current board member of Audrain Literacy Council, and a Deacon and then Elder of First Presbyterian Church. She has been a fundraiser for the Mexico Area YMCA and the Relay for Life as well as the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico or the Mexico Area Family YMCA.