Thelma E. Morgan

Thelma E. Morgan

12/05/1945 - 01/29/2021

Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, one teacher can change the world. --Malala Yousafzei

On Friday, January 29, 2021, Thelma Estell Morgan went to be with the Lord at the age of 75. Thelma was born on December 5, 1945 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, to John and Mary (Barger) Young. Thelma was the eighth of ten children, with two brothers and seven sisters. She graduated from Rose Bud High School in 1964, and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the State College of Arkansas in 1968. On August 16, 1968, Thelma married William Henry Morgan in Conway, Arkansas. She and Bill raised three children, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jonathon in Quitman, Arkansas and Waxahachie, Texas. After the family moved to Waxahachie in 1985, Thelma taught first grade and kindergarten at Wilemon, Wedgeworth, Marvin, and Northside Elementary schools. She retired in 2012 after teaching for 44 years.

Thelma was a beloved wife, a devoted mother, a treasured sister, a cherished aunt, and an adored grandmother. She lived her life to the fullest; she did not waste any time that could be used caring for those around her. Thelma loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. He was her rock and refuge, and she loved to worship Him in all circumstances. Thelma was a prayer warrior, keeping those she cherished on her heart and mind constantly. She lived each and every day that others might come to know Jesus too, and exemplified His love to her family, her friends, and her multitude of students.

Thelma was married to the love of her life, Bill, for 52 years. They pastored their church together, challenging and guiding the hearts entrusted to them. They raised their three sons covered in prayer and encouragement, and she cheered them on at many football and basketball games through the years. She gained three daughters-in-law, and the family began to grow. It was the joy of Thelma's life to be Nana to her grandsons and granddaughters. She attended countless more ball games, dance recitals, band concerts, and graduations to be the biggest cheerleader in the crowd. They can go on and on about her scrambled eggs and never- ending supply of quarters, and always knew she was prepared with water bottles and floss. Thelma had eight grandchildren, but was a Nana to so many more for the way she loved and supported anyone around her.

Thelma was passionate about education for one reason: the students. She taught full time for most of her life and couldn't seem to stop, even after she retired. She taught young ones to read and write, but she also taught them to be kind, to share, and to listen first. Thelma's students always knew that they were loved and safe under her care, so they thrived in her classroom. Thelma Morgan became a household name in Waxahachie because of the impact she had in the lives of her students and their families.

Thelma was preceded in death by her son, Jeremy, and she is survived by her husband, Bill, her two sons, Josh, Jonathan, her daughters-in-law, Heather, Teri, and Christina, her eight grandchildren and their families, and a host of others. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Connect4LIFE Church at 1971 John Arden from 6 to 8 o'clock p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in the SAGU Sheaffer Center at 1200 Sycamore Street at 5 o'clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Morgan family would like to request that memorial donations be made to the Jeremy Morgan Scholarship Fund at Interbank of Waxahachie.

Posted online on February 06, 2021