Helen Garvin Browning and the late Corinne Gibson have been selected for induction into the Melissa Schools Wall of Honor. Melissa Schools will recognize the inductees during halftime at the Oct. 12 football game at Cardinal Stadium.
The Melissa Schools Wall of Honor distinguishes altruistic, high achieving individuals with a significant history who have positively impacted the schools and community.
Browning and Gibson join six other inductees since the program’s inception in 2016.
Helen Garvin Browning, also known as “Ms. Melissa”, made Melissa her home in 1941 after marrying J. W. Browning. Their two children attended Melissa Schools.
Browning’s résumé includes picking cotton, the Duke and Ayers Variety Store, telephone operator, post office worker, Texas Instruments, and the Melissa Water Department. She has served as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, PTA president, church greeter, and volunteer.
In the 1970s, Browning started the annual Christmas food basket program in Melissa to help families in need. She also started the Pioneer Club and assisted with the development of the Melissa Public Library.
“Known far and wide as ‘Ms. Melissa’, these are only a few of her many achievements,” wrote Browning’s nominator. “Her main love is children and she is a big Cardinals fan.”
Browning can be seen supporting the Cardinals at various sporting events – especially Cardinal football games – while wearing her Melissa Cardinals t-shirts.
“Melissa, Texas has truly been blessed by her work, friendship, and dedication to the city and the people.”
Corinne “Miss Corinne” Gibson not only attended Melissa Schools as an elementary student, but also went on to serve as a first and second grade teacher in Melissa for 45 years, from 1923 to 1968.
Gibson’s classroom was located on the north side of the “little red building” that later became part of the Melissa Schools Home Office. The red building was dedicated to Miss Corinne in 1986 for her 45 years of “love, devotion, and dedication to excellence”.
Miss Corinne’s nominator wrote, “It is with great admiration that I nominate Miss Corinne, as she was affectionately known by generations of Melissa’s first and second graders.”
In addition to being recognized and honored at the football game, photos of Browning and Gibson will be featured on the Wall of Honor in the main hallway at the Melissa Schools Home Office, located at 1904 Cooper Street.
To learn more about the Melissa Schools Wall of Honor and its inductees, visit the Wall of Honor page. Nominations will re-open in the spring.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations