Columbiana women who make a difference – Ouida Mayfield
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four articles on Columbiana women who make a difference in our community.
By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist
Although neither of Ouida Byrd Mayfield’s parents graduated from high school, they instilled in their daughter the importance of an education.
Mayfield remembers her father’s words to this day: “I want you to get an education. No one can take it away from you.”
Mayfield lived out her parent’s wishes. After graduating from Montevallo High School, Mayfield received three degrees from the University of Montevallo: B.S. in three years while working two jobs; M.A.T. with highest honors and selected the most outstanding graduate student in the School of Education and overall; and Education Specialist degree.
Mayfield began her career in education when she was hired by Superintendent Elvin Hill to teach seventh and eighth grade science at Vincent High School. She retired in 1997 after 40 years as an educator, the last 17 as principal of Columbiana Middle. After her retirement, Mayfield had two goals: to get involved with her community and to be part of a medical research study.
“I felt I could make a difference,” said Mayfield. “I love people and love to be involved.”
With the support of her husband Don Mayfield and family, Mayfield was elected to the Columbiana City Council in 2000 and is serving her third term. During her years on the council she has seen many improvements to Columbiana: the new sidewalks, lighting and roundabout; the renovation of the recreation building; and the building of the city’s ball fields and walking track.
“I am very proud of Columbiana’s revitalization efforts for they are enduring and apparent to all,” said Mayfield.
Mayfield has been a member of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs for over 50 years: past President of the Novella Club; past member of the Vignette Club; past president and current member of the Columbiana Culture Club; and winner of the AFWC Louise Wilson Outstanding Clubwoman and GFWC Jeannie awards.
Mayfield’s civic activities also include: coordinator for Community Bible Study for nine years; graduate of 2001 Leadership Shelby; chairman of the Christmas Parade for eight years; co-chair of the Columbiana Holiday Tour of Homes; and member of many boards.
In 2004, Mayfield volunteered to be part of the UAB administered Women’s Health Initiative Research Program. From this seven-year WHI study, UAB learned of the
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