Mynette Theard, a longtime Oakland Unified School District employee and leader in SEIU Local 1021, died on Oct. 30. She was 60 years old.
Mynette Theresa Theard was born Oct. 9, 1952 in New Orleans and moved as a young child with her mother and extended family to Berkeley, where she attended Berkeley High. She ultimately lived in Richmond and worked as a School Security Officer for the Oakland Unified School District,
In her positions as school security officer and a leader in her union, she was a source of support for her fellow workers and comfort and guidance for many children. She worked tirelessly for the protection of workers rights and opportunities at every level.
She is survived by her extended family – aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by parents, Marion O’Rita Marshall Theard and Sidney Joseph Theard, and her sister Patricia Ann Theard.
A mass in celebration of her life was held on Nov. 15 at St. Columba Catholic Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville. She had been a resident of Richmond.
The Oakland Board of Education passed a resolution in honor of her memory on Nov. 14.
Charitable donations can be made in memory of Mynette Theard to the American Cancer Society.