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                                                                                       Leaders of America)
                                                                                       as a sophomore. This
              Jelaine Workman                                                          organization has volunteers

                                                                                       who help people in need.
                                                                                       She was right – it does make
                                                                                       you feel good.  Through
              Mema's Wise Advice                                                       volunteering, she has met so

                                                                                       many people over the years.
                                                                                       Mema has taught me to love
                                                                                       everyone and be kind.

                                                                                       She was lucky enough to
              by Chloé Harris                 band.  She was happiest on the           find her future husband

                                              field twirling. Hearing her stories   while attending WTSU.  Keith
                                                                                 Workman was her biggest
         “   always wanted to make a difference   about band inspired me to join   cheerleader. They married in
             in the world.”                   band in the fifth grade. Since day   1977, and later had two children,
          I                                   one of becoming a band student,    Stephanie and Mitchell. I watched
                                              she has been there to watch my     them take care of each other and
           That has been my grandmother’s     school's performances. I would     support each other in everything.
           goal in life, to help others succeed   look into the stands and see Mema   When Papa retired, my siblings
           and be happy.  She always          and Papa with the biggest smiles,   and I got to stay with him during
           encouraged her six grandchildren:   waving to me.                     the summers.  Even though he was
           “Giving your time to help others   I was selected                                     sick, he took us
           rewards you more than those you    for color guard                                    to the Discovery
           help.”                             team as a junior                                   Center, skating,
           Mema, Jelaine Beall Workman, is    in high school.                                    to the park, and
                                                                                                 so many other
           my best friend, my confidante, and   I would not                                      fun things.  He
           my inspiration. She has been there   have had the                                     taught us that
           for me in happy and sad times.     confidence to do
                                              that had it not                                    you have to be
           Jelaine was born in Amarillo on    been for Mema’s                                    strong in your
           June 7, 1955 to Jo Ann and Billy   encouraging                                        daily life.
           Beall. She grew up in Amarillo     words and total                                    Mema and Papa
           and Perryton. She was active in    support.  I did                                    were married
           school in sports and multiple      that for two                                       42 years. They
           organizations. Mema learned her    years, as she                                      encountered
           volunteer skills from her parents,   encouraged me                                    challenges, good
           both of whom were very active      to rise to be a                                    times, and bad
           in volunteering. Grandmom          leader.  I became                  times, but they were always in it
           Mimi always found a hospital or    a senior captain for the team my   together. Mema explained to me
           woman’s group to share her time    senior year – because she knew I   that, “We weren't willing to give
           with.  Grandad was in several      could do it.  That made my entire   up.  We were not quitters.” That is
           service organizations throughout   senior year the best year yet.     so very meaningful to me and gives
           his life, including the Lions, Rotary,                                me the desire to have a strong
           Jaycees, and Shriners.  Her parents   My Mema has shared so           marriage like theirs.  She told me
           taught her character and kindness.    many stories of volunteering    that relationships are not perfect,
           It made her who she is today.      and working for non-profit
                                              organizations. She has raised      and marriage is not easy, but it was
           Mema started twirling at the age   money to make a difference in a    the greatest time of her life. It was
           of three. Eventually, she twirled   lot of people's lives. I was inspired   very important to her to be able to
           for the Perryton Jr. High Band and   to do the same, so I joined FCCLA   take care of her husband.
           later the Perryton High School     (Family, Career and Community

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