Enid Buswell Bates, 93, of Amarillo, TX passed away on April 8, 2021, a life well-lived.
Memorial services will be at 4:00 P.M., Monday, April 26, 2021, at Polk Street United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo. Burial was at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Kingfisher Cemetery, in Kingfisher, OK.
Enid was born in Oklahoma City, OK on December 15, 1927, to Enid May Scott and Albert Currier Buswell.
In 1952, Enid married Raymond W. Bates whose love, support, encouragement, and friendship nurtured her personal and professional growth until his death in 1989.
Enid held a BFA and MEd degrees from the University of Oklahoma and an EdD from Texas Tech University. She was a member of the marching band and charter member of the Oklahoma Alumni Band in 1954.
In 1966, she was asked to join a team of eight curriculum specialists to implement the Title III Texas Cooperative Dissemination Project, the beginning of Regin XVI Education Service Center in Amarillo, one of 20 branches of the Texas Education Agency established statewide. The curriculum specialists’ task was to work with more than 70 independent school districts providing information about teaching methods and exemplary school programs.
She began teaching in 1970 at West Texas State University in the College of Education. While there for 27 years, she taught 14 different courses and over 8,000 students. While at WTSU she developed the University’s Women’s Program, which later became the Returning Students Organization. In 1976, she initiated the Texas Panhandle Distinguished Women’s Service Awards which is now sponsored by the Amarillo Area Women’s Forum. She taught at Texas Tech University in the summer of 1972 and a graduate course at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana during the summer of 1878.
From 1962 through 1998, she authored/co-authored publications which included two books and 16 journal articles. Enid had given hundreds of professional presentations at regional, state, and national levels.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and four brothers, Albert C. Buswell, Dr. Arthur W. Buswell, Sidney S. Buswell, and Richard “Ted” Buswell.
Survivors include 2 sisters-in-law, Margaret Buswell and Rosemary Buswell;
13 nieces and nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Raymond and Enid Bates Scholarships at WTAMU Foundation in Canyon, Texas, or Amarillo College, in Amarillo, Texas.
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