A beautiful baby girl was born in Bay City, Texas on January 25, 1954 to Cleveland Woodard, Jr. and Willie Mae Wyche. She was proud to have lived at 2900 Moore Street in South End. Alma accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas under the leadership of Pastor L. R. James.
With an adventurous spirit and sense of excitement for the world around her, Alma relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 1970. After finishing her studies at John Marshall High School, Class of 1972, she returned to home to Bay City, Texas. Shortly after her return, she met and married Jacob Mayo, Jr. in 1974, and together they welcomed a bouncing bay boy named Jacob Mayo III. They returned to California in the 1970’s and during this season of her life she was blessed with a handsome baby boy whom she called Lewayne Deshawn Smith.
To further her education she attended the University of Houston at Victoria. To fulfill her desire to be of help and service to others, Alma worked at Bay Villa Nursing Home as a Nursing Assistant. Continuing to nurture her strong love for education and children, she later went on to work with special need kids as a substitute teacher for LaMarque, Houston and Bay City Independent School Districts.
Known for her beautiful smile and caring demeanor, we lovingly remember our sweet Alma, who transitioned on the glorious morning of Monday, February 24, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; Cleveland Woodard Jr. and Willie Mae Wyche and brother Walter Wyche. She leaves precious memories to her children Jacob Mayo III and Lewayne DeShawn Smith; Brother, Cleveland Woodard III (Sandra); Sisters, Charlotte Kendrick Heard and Terri Hebert Thomas. Grandchildren, Jaylin Mayo, Jourdan Duckworth, Jabari Mayo, Jacoby Mayo and Jazlynn Mayo. Aunt, Margaret Brown, Special Sister-in-law and Friend, Maxine Buster (Ronnie); Nieces, Michelle Woodard, Cassandra Woodard, Jacqueline Heard and Renee Wyche; Nephews, Vernon Woodard, James Heard, Voilie Wyche, Poncho Wyche and a host of other relatives and friends.
A public visitation will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020. A public viewing is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. followed by a service to celebrate her life at 1:00 p.m. Both events will take place at the chapel of Bay Area Funeral Directors, 5410 FM 1765 (facing Highway 3) in Texas City, TX 77591. 409-933-4300. All memorials may be sent to the funeral home.