In remembrance …

Ophelia May Segrest

(1886 – 1967)

Florence Ophelia May was born to the land in 1886. As her concern for rural living conditions increased, her deter­mination to do something to help began to crystallize. As a teacher, Miss May learned to identify specific needs of young people.

Mentored by Julia Tutwiler, Ophelia joined the Extension Service as Macon County’s first Home Demonstration Agent with high hopes of making a real difference. Her pet project was organizing tomato clubs in Macon County. From 1911 to 1915, she supervised the canning of tomatoes.

In 1914, Ophelia married John Fletcher Segrest. She continued her service to the people of Macon County, participating in numerous civic activities. Admired and respected, this lady was looked to for advice and leadership.

It is fitting to pay tribute to one who served so diligently. The name Ophelia May Segrest is lovingly inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.

Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 189