Obituary: Thomasina Martin Brayboy
Thomasina Martin Brayboy, a longtime resident of Montclair and longtime teacher at Montclair Kimberley Academy, died peacefully at home on Jan. 25, 2022. She was 89.
Mrs. Brayboy, known as Tommy, was born in Camden, South Carolina. She attended Mather Academy in Camden and Bennett College in Greensboro, South Carolina, and was awarded a master’s in teaching from Boston University.
She married Dr. Thomas Brayboy in 1961. This made for a cozy extended family, as her sister, Jeanne Martin Brayboy of Charlotte, North Carolina, was already married to Dr. Jack S. Brayboy Jr., her husband’s brother. She immediately became mother to Dr. Brayboy’s daughters, Beth and Patty, and later had a son, Martin.
She was a fabulous mother and excellent cook, whose recipes were greatly in demand.
Mrs. Brayboy was a beloved elementary school teacher at MKA for 25 years, where she helped implement the merger of Brookside, The Kimberley School and Montclair Academy, and made numerous lifelong friends among the faculty and staff.
An accomplished singer, she traveled the country while in college as part of Bennett’s college choir. More recently, she sang for many years in the Montclair First Congregational Church choir, and also for the Oratorio Society of New Jersey.
After retiring from teaching, she became a docent at the Montclair Art Museum and introduced many groups of schoolchildren and adults to art. She was known for her encyclopedic knowledge of artists and how they influenced one another’s artistic development.
Mrs. Brayboy was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. sorority and The National Smart Set and The Links, Inc., whose members continued to provide support to her long after she was able to attend meetings.
She was a world traveler, having visited Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, Nepal and China. Through her docent work, she also visited Cuba on a cultural exchange, long before travel there reopened.
Befitting her role as an educator, Mrs. Brayboy was skilled at all things having to do with vocabulary, was a tough Scrabble competitor and relished completing a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle without help.
She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Martin Brayboy of Charlotte; her daughters, Beth Brayboy-Andrews (Brent Andrews) of Freehold and Patricia Singleton of Levittown, Pennsylvania, and her son, Martin Brayboy (Elizabeth Gaines Brayboy) of Harwinton, Connecticut.
She was predeceased by her parents, John Wendell Martin and June Singleton Martin, and her husband, Dr. Thomas Brayboy.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled for a future date.
Her children would like to thank her caregivers, who were excellent companions in her last years.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., or the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., would be appreciated.
Arrangements were by Martin’s Home for Service.