Dr. Nolie Nell (Brown) Mayo

Dr. Nolie Nell (Brown) Mayo, 84 of El Lago, TX., left this Earth to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Nolie was a beloved wife, adored mother and grandmother, friend, mentor, volunteer, and dedicated educator.

Nolie was born June 28, 1937, in Clifton Hill, Missouri.  She was the identical twin daughter of the late Aubrey E. Brown, and Mary Margaret (Asbell) Brown.

She attended Clifton Hill High School where she was on student council, active in many clubs as well as 4-H where she won many awards and went to state. She graduated at the top of her class, Nolie married the love of her life, David A. Mayo on September 2, 1956, in Clifton Hill. Shortly after they started their family, Nolie earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Miami, a master’s degree in Education/Educational Research from The University of Miami, and her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction/ English Education from Memphis State University. Early in her career, she taught high school in Miami, Florida while pursuing her degrees and raising five children. While working on her doctorate, she worked as a research assistant at The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nolie began her professorship when the family re-located to Clear Lake and she was put on the faculty at the newly opened University of Houston, Clear Lake. Teaching included graduate courses in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, research, teaching strategies and undergraduate teacher education courses.  She served as project director for federal and state funded projects and as an evaluation consultant for curriculum development projects at the university and local school districts.  Faculty leadership included serving as Program Director, Interim Associate Dean and as Chair and Chair-elect of the university faculty senate. She published many articles and papers in professional journals, was an accomplished grant writer, and won many awards within her profession.  Nolie was passionate about education and helping others pursue their educational dreams.  She established a teacher education scholarship through UHCL and helped raise funds through grant writing to establish Club Meta, an organization for Hispanic girls in grades 6-8 to encourage them to complete high school and attend college.  She volunteered at numerous local public schools to encourage education and address at risk students and drop-out rates. Nolie retired from the University of Houston- Clear Lake (UHCL) after 24 years.

In addition to her career and serving in education, she was active in the Sam Houston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as an officer and active volunteer.  She was also passionate about genealogical research, traveling the world with her beloved husband and spending time with her grandchildren.  She loved her church family and was an active member of the choir and Voyagers’ Bible study group as well as serving on numerous committees such as the evangelism team, the welcoming committee, and others.  She adored her family and extended family and loved family dinners, gatherings, and family reunions most of all.  She was an active volunteer in her church and community and never missed an opportunity to help family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, Nolie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, David A Mayo of El Lago, TX., twin sister, Katie Belle Preston, sister Mary Lee Cochran, brothers Charles A. Brown and his wife Betty, Norvel Brown and wife Pauline, Forest Brown and brother Alquin Bragg Brown and his wife Erma.

Nolie is survived by sisters-in-law Beth Brown of Columbia, MO., Sharon Harlan and husband, Tom of Columbia, MO., Kathy Gaines and husband, Denny of Huntsville, MO., and brother-in law, James Preston of Columbia, MO. Four daughters: Elizabeth Diane Krolczyk and her husband, Johnnie of Houston, TX., Donna Lorraine Pierpoline and her husband, David of Houston, TX., Carol Lee Countie and her husband, Gregory of Houston,TX., Kathryn Mayo Lincecum and her husband, Skipper of Dripping Springs, TX; son, Matthew Allen Mayo of Houston, TX.  Grandchildren: Kyle Enriquez and his wife Swati of Houston, TX., Michael Pierpoline and his wife, Kristin of Kansas City, MO., Jonathan Pierpoline and his wife, Taylor of Troy, MI., Ryan Lincecum and husband, Will of Katy, TX., James Countie of Richmond, TX., Bradley Countie of Pensacola, Fl., Robert Lincecum of College Station, TX., Joseph Krolczyk of Houston, TX., and Ross Lincecum of Lubbock, TX., along with many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 27th, at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598, with memorial services on Saturday August 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, Texas 77062. Her burial will follow the services at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “Nolie Mayo 8-12 Teacher     Education Scholarship Endowment” at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Any     checks should be made to UH-Clear Lake and the name of the endowment in the     memo section, i.e. Nolie Mayo Endowment


  1. My greatest sympathies on the passing of Dr. Nolie. She was a beloved member of our Chapter and will be greatly missed. She always had a smile on her face and the best words of encouragement for anyone that needed them.

    Sarah Cook
  2. Nolie was the first voice I heard from UHCL! She called me at the University of British Columbia to do an initial interview for the position of Associate Dean at UHCL. They could not have asked a better person to make the initial contact. I still remember how impressed I was with her professionalism and, equally important, her “niceness”. She was a dedicated professional educator and, far more importantly, a wonderful human being.

    She will always have a special place in my heart. Her family should know that Nolie will be truly missed by her many friends and colleagues.

    James Sherrill
  3. Nolie was the type of person and faculty member that every university would like to have. At UHCL, she was highly respected and known for her work ethic and sense of humor among her many positive traits. Her legacy will live on in the lives of her many students that she impacted so positively. It was an honor to know Nolie and David.

    Bill Staples
  4. Nolie was a brilliant lady who gave so much to the profession of education , even as she raised a wonderful family. It was my pleasure to know and admire her . I send my prayers for the family who will miss her greatly I am sure .
    My best regards,
    Mitzi McEwen

    Mitzi McEwen
  5. We Love your sweet Mom! May God’s Grace hold you all in His Peace! I know you will miss her so very much. Big hugs ♥️

    Laura and Tony Muscat
  6. Nolie was pleasant to talk to and helped as needed. Commend her for all her fine accomplishments. She will be missed especially by her family. With deepest sympathy, Paul and Jacquelyn Brown

    Jacquelyn Brown
  7. Dr. Mayo was my favorite professor at UH/CLC! She was a beautiful person!

    Lynne Lankford
  8. Nolie was a wonderful colleague and a very special friend. She was always positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging. I loved the opportunities I had to work with Nolie over my years at UHCL. She will be missed.

    Bobbi Samuels
  9. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my Aunt Nolie. To my cousins – I send you all my love.

    Linda [Brown] Hardcastle

    Linda [Brown] Hardcastle
  10. I highly respected Nolie as a colleague at UHCL and had the privilege of working under her leadership for the “new” internship program. Her wise counsel, commitment to teachers and kids, and love of learning was an inspiration to me. She was a joy to know.
    Joan (Maier) Ickes

    Joan (Maier)Ickes

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