Marie Weaver Haywood, 88, a retired teacher with D.C. public schools, died of emphysema July 21 at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Olney.
Mrs. Haywood was a longtime District resident before moving to Leisure World in Silver Spring in 1993.
She was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Mattie Wallace, a teacher, and George Augustus Weaver, a doctor, who named their daughter Marie Elizabeth Silsby Emmanella Peterson Weaver.
John Haywood, Mrs. Haywood's son, said his mother told him that her physician father treated poor but grateful patients who often paid him in turkeys, chickens and ham hocks. Over the years, a close relationship developed between Weaver and the people of Tuscaloosa, white and black, who relied on his medical skill and compassion. As a gesture of mutual respect, the Weavers' daughter bore some of their names.
Mrs. Haywood graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa in 1935 and Talladega College in Alabama in 1937. She received a master's degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1938.
She returned to Alabama in 1938 to teach English at what was then Lincoln Normal School in Marion, a school founded by the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Christian Churches, headquartered in New York City. Her students included Coretta Scott King.
She moved to the District in 1942 after marrying fellow educator John Wilfred Haywood Jr., a Latin and Greek scholar who taught at Morgan State University and later at Dunbar and Spingarn high schools in the District. He also was director of the "Program on Problems of School Desegregation" for the D.C. public schools and, after retiring, lectured on race relations for the Washington International Center. He died in 1981.
Mrs. Haywood took a position in 1942 as an English teacher at the now-defunct Margaret Murray Washington Vocational School, which served young black women. From 1950 to 1967, she taught at Phelps Vocational High School. She was a reading teacher based at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School when she retired in 1973.
After her retirement, she obtained a real estate license and was an agent with Shannon and Luchs from 1974 to 1984.
Mrs. Haywood was an active member of the Metropolitan Women's Democratic Club, as well as Delta Sigma Theta, the Alpha Wives organization and, after her husband's death, the Washington Bridge League, a group of progressive bridge players that competes in tournaments across the country. She was a lifelong supporter of Talladega and Stillman, the latter of which established a reading center in her name.
Survivors include three children, Patricia Haywood Moore of Rockville, John W. Haywood III of Silver Spring and George Weaver Haywood of Brooklyn; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.