obit: Sylvia "Tibby" Douglass McCann - mom Doubrava
SYLVIA "TIBBY" DOUGLASS MCCANN
VICTORIA - Sylvia "Tibby" Douglass McCann passed away on Friday, December 7, 2012 in Victoria. She was born on November 19, 1919 to Jacob Rice Smith and Sue M. Doubrava Smith of El Campo, and graduated from El Campo High School in 1937. She attended The University of Texas at Austin and married her high school sweetheart Jim Douglass in 1940. Together they lived and worked in New Gulf and Victoria, Texas before returning to El Campo where Jim ran Hefner Douglass Furniture and Tibby taught school and raised their three daughters. After Jim died in 1967, Tib went back to school and obtained her Bachelors Degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She proudly served for several years in Newfoundland as a school librarian at the Argentia Naval Base, where she made friends and memories that she cherished for the rest of her life. She returned to El Campo where she served as the Head Librarian of El Campo High School until her retirement and marriage to Connie McCann in 1986. Their life together was filled with travel and the company of excellent friends. Tibby was active in countless civic organizations and initiatives, and a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church and Christ Lutheran Church of El Campo.
She was a sweet spirit with a sharp wit whose passion for language, learning and people led her on many adventures and inspired others to follow in her footsteps. In her life and work she was a constant support to her students, family and friends, and an unflagging champion of underdogs everywhere. Hers is an American story, but her love of humanity and its many wonders transcended boundaries of race, class, creed, and nationality, and enlarged the lives of all she met across the globe. She was a beloved teacher, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, but above all else she was a thinking person driven by an unquenchable desire to know the world, to foster justice in it, and to pay her hard work forward for the benefit of a better future.
In addition to her parents, Tibby is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Douglass; her second husband, C.F. McCann; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois Sue and Charles T. Heno, Laura Bell "Tot" and Herschel Payne, Grace and Paul Swenson, and Lee and Harriet Martin; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren "Merck" and Alberta Smith, and Ronald and Bernice Smith; niece Lou Nell Payne and nephew Jake Larry Payne; and many, many beloved friends that filled her life with joy and carried her in times of sorrow.
She is survived by her daughters Susan Douglass Moody of Muldoon and husband Jim, Becky Douglass Hill of Woodway and husband Doug, and Sally Douglass Carlson of Victoria and husband Swede; grandchildren Marti Marshall of Pueblo West, Colorado and husband Dru, Sharon Jones of Galveston and husband Roy, Scot Hill of Austin and wife Lisa, Candace Wilson of Brownwood and husband Stephen, and Jenny Douglass Carlson of Austin and partner Collin; eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends. She is also survived by stepson Michael McCann and wife Ana, stepdaughter Karen Hett and husband Roger, and their children and grandchildren. Tibby often said that her greatest delight was hearing all the laughter of her family around her; the memory of her laughter will delight us forever.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at Wheeler Funeral Home. The family will be present to receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Jake Fain officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories.
Pallbearers are Swede Carlson, Doug Hill, Jim Moody, Bill Smith, Ralph Smith, and John Swenson. Memorial donations may be made to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Christ Lutheran Church of El Campo.
Tibby's caregivers have been an invaluable support to her and her family in recent years; among them, special thanks to Linda, Melissa, Tweedy, Mary, Sylvia, Karen, Rosemary, Mona, Viola, Ashley, Mary, Nana, Dolores, Janie, and Jeanna. The family particularly wishes to thank Main Street Personal Care of Victoria for the exceptional, loving care that they have given their mother. We will never forget you and will hold you in our hearts forever.