Erna Mae Buzbee
Erna Mae Buzbee passed away Sept. 22, 2019.
A Celebration Life is 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, at Clark Gardens. Burial is 12:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Cemetery. Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born September 13, 1932, near Georgetown, Texas to Albert and Clara (Braun) Teinert. As the daughter of Wendish and German immigrant families, her first language was German. She and her three siblings attended a country primary school. In 1945 she and her family moved to Austin, TX where she completed Junior High and High School. Inspired by Clara Barton, she enrolled in Breckenridge School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse.
During her time at Breckenridge, she met James (Jim) Meredith Buzbee, of Mineral Wells, who was a student at the University of Texas. They were married on May 28, 1954, and made their home in Austin.
Erna Mae served as a public health nurse in the Austin area until the family moved to Dallas and later Mineral Wells. She and Jim raised three children there while she continued her nursing career, working first in the hospital and as a school nurse for 20 years in the Mineral Wells ISD. During this time she started the "Well Child Clinic," enlisting local health professionals to volunteer to help local families in need by providing medical and dental care for their children.
In addition, Erna Mae assisted her husband in starting Industrial Technology Inc., managing the books and taking care of secretarial needs until it grew into a successful company in Mineral Wells.
When Erna Mae and Jim's children went to college, she did also. She had always wanted to complete her Bachelor of Science degree. After receiving her BS, she went on to get her master's degree in nursing and then taught psychiatric nursing at Tarleton State University, including the clinical nursing for her students at Palo Pinto General Hospital. She also worked as a volunteer there for many years.
Erna Mae was equally comfortable going to a classical concert and hiking around the ranch with her husband. She was gracious, kind and giving to everyone she met. Due to the success of the company, Jim and Erna Mae were able to set up the Buzbee Foundation, through which they have been able to assist local and global initiatives to improve the lives of many.
They spent their later years sailing up and down the east coast, traveling abroad and enjoying their grown children and grand children. She enjoyed painting and writing poetry. Erna Mae and Jim enjoyed their family, friends and church family at First Presbyterian Church and cherished many connections with the people they loved in Mineral Wells and beyond. Her friends and family will all miss her immensely.
Erna Mae is survived by three children - Brad Buzbee, LeLynn Wilson and Carla Osborn; and eight grandchildren - Rachael, Brent, Lisa and Stephen Wilson and Trent, Eric, Avery and Andrew Osborn; as well as her sister - Vicki Hamann; her brother - Ed Teinert; and many nieces and nephews.
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Published on September 24, 2019


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Richard Dennis
Sep 27, 2019
What a gracious, beautiful , compassionate & giving lady. It was always a pleasure to be around her and share company. A gem; have met very few like her in my lifetime. Farewell Erna Mae. Linda & I will always love you.
Clinton Dixon
Sep 26, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Erna Mae Buzbee by Clinton Dixon.  Send flowers
Marianne Alcorn
Sep 26, 2019
While we only had the pleasure to know Mae for a short time, she clearly was a very special woman. I enjoyed learning all about her history, and clearly the legacy of love she leaves behind is very strong just like Mae herself. I am sure as she and her husband sailed the seas together, they are together again soaring as Angels! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, The Alcorn Family
Douglas Connally
Sep 26, 2019
Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of Erna Mae Buzbee by Douglas Connally.  Send flowers
Paula Faulk Maness, MSN, RN
Sep 25, 2019
Erna Mae Buzbee inspired many to do better with any gift they had. She was a lovely and gracious woman who made a difference in others lives. She was a good nursing instructor and role model for nursing students. Our prayers are with her family at this time.
Linda Ashby
Sep 25, 2019
I have such fond memories of Erna Mae and Jim. She will be truly missed; such a genuine classic lady. Prayers and love to the family!
Reverend Doctor Jim Gooch
Sep 25, 2019
A great person. I was pastor of First Presbyterian in Mineral Wells in the 80's and 90's. She was a good and faithful member, serving as elder. We worked together on the board of Hope, Inc. I hope her family is comforted knowing that she is with God who loves her.
David Wheat / Donna Richard
Sep 25, 2019
What a wonderful person. She will be missed.
Wayne Mathews
Sep 25, 2019
Basket of Memories was purchased for the family of Erna Mae Buzbee by Wayne Mathews.  Send flowers
Linda Schulte
Sep 24, 2019
Beautiful lady, sweet soul, and a great mentor. Erna Mae had a wonderful sense of humor, which was a blessed trait in a nursing instructor. I was speaking of her just this past weekend. She will be missed. My prayers for her family.