Atlee B. Tyree Corpus Christi, TX Atlee Ann Brooks Tyree, age 97, passed away peacefully at home on March 29, 2017. She was born on July 19, 1919, to Atlee Born and William Boyd Brooks in Corpus Christi, growing up on Broadway at the edge of the bluff when it bordered the bay. She graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1936, and then from Texas State College for Women in 1940. She taught home economics and coached tennis in San Diego, Texas, before returning to Corpus Christi to marry the love of her life, James Imes Tyree, M. D., on June 8, 1943. They left Corpus Christi for service during WWII, returning in 1945 for a lifetime of friendships and service to the community. Atlee Ann will always be remembered for her devotion to her many friends. She and Jim took great delight in hosting dinner parties and other gatherings. They enjoyed travelling with friends across the continent and around the world. For years, they entertained friends and their families each Christmas night, treating them to her famous shrimp gumbo. She and Jim frequently shared their Ty-Ree-Treat in Wimberley, spending fall weekends there for UT football games, floating on the river in the summer, and celebrating special occasions any time. Her passion for UT football continued up through this past season as she and her friends at Trinity Towers would gather to watch the Longhorns together. These same ladies played bridge or "50" regularly, organized trips to watch Harbor Playhouse performances, and cheered the Spurs as football season wound to a close. Atlee Ann always nurtured and loved her friendships. She was also active in many civic and social organizations. She served as president of the Junior League, the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance, the Antiques and Flowers Club Garden Club, the Order of De Pineda, and Las Donas de la Corte. She was especially proud to have helped bring the Art Museum of South Texas to fruition through an architecture contest at the University of Texas sponsored by the Junior League. She devoted much of her time to the Church of the Good Shepherd, serving as chairman of the Women of the Church, participating at Council, serving on the Altar Guild, and working at the Good Shepherd Corner. She led the Egg Ladies for many years, funding many church improvements and delighting everyone with the whimsical designs. She was instrumental in the founding of St. James Episcopal School, as well. Atlee Ann served as chairman of the Nueces County Citizens Juvenile Advisory Board and received the Corpus Christi Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award for that effort. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Born and Atwood Brooks, her sister, Susan Williams, and her husband, James Imes Tyree, M.D. She is survived by her son, James Brooks Tyree, M.D. (Cathy), her daughter, Ann Tyree Rossi, her grandchildren, James Nelson Tyree, Atlee Page Tyree, Ashley Rossi, many cousins, and nieces and nephews, all of whom she treasured. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, please remember Atlee Ann with a gift to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
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