|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1918|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2009|
Mary Edna Worthy
Mary Edna Worthy, 90, passed away at home Monday, September 7, 2009. A longtime resident of Roscoe, Texas, Mary Edna was predeceased by her parents, Edward James Worthy and Vesta Frances McCauley Worthy, as well as her sister, Virginia Worthy Alvis.
Her survivors include her three nephews, James E. Alvis and his wife Sharon of Austin, John W. Alvis and his wife Judy of San Marcos, and Thomas M. Alvis of Austin. She is also survived by a grandnephew and two grandnieces: John Reagan Alvis and his wife, Kerri, of Lockhart, Texas, Rebecca Alvis Dultmeier and her husband, Steve, of Spring Hill, Florida, and Amy Victoria Alvis of Austin, as well as four great-grandnephews and nieces.
Born October 2, 1918, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Mary Edna soon moved to New York City with her family where she lived briefly as a child before moving to Roscoe, Texas. In Roscoe, Mary graduated from high school in 1935, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939, and her Master's degree in 1952, both at Hardin-Simmons University. Thereafter, she accumulated enough hours during continuing education courses at the University of Texas-Austin, Southern Methodist University, McMurry College, and Minnesota State College, St. Cloud, Minnesota, to obtain another degree.
Before her retirement, Mary Edna's entire professional career was devoted to education and teaching. She taught science in the public school systems of Roscoe, Abilene and Balmorhea, and the communities of Roscoe, Sweetwater, and Abilene are full of former students who were not only ably taught by "Ms. Worthy", but who remained forever fond of their former teacher over the ensuing years. So revered was Mary Edna by her former students that, years following her retirement, they recently honored her for her devotion and dedication to their education over the years. That Mary Edna was 'loved" by her students is an understatement.
In addition to her family, neighbors, students, and friends, Mary Edna also loved animals and was, up to her passing, a loving shepherd of an assortment of dogs and cats throughout her adult life-a fact to which her favorite veterinarian, Bud E. Alldredge, Jr, and staff of Sweetwater, Texas can well attest.
When Mary Edna was not otherwise involved with her family, students, and friends, she enjoyed traveling, making frequent jaunts to New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and other destinations, Anyone that knew Mary Edna knew that she was well read and was an able and enthusiastic conversationalist on almost every subject, including politics, She also loved music and capitalized on every opportunity to see musical productions in Dallas. Mary Edna was also a lifelong baseball fan and could also hold her own in college "football talk."
Throughout her life Mary Edna was a devoted Christian and she was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Roscoe where she participated in many church activities. Mary Edna's "King James Version" of the Bible was a guiding light throughout her long life, and she took comfort in its promise of everlasting life.
Mary Edna's sense of humor and wit will be missed by all who knew her-traits that were loved by those lucky enough to have crossed her path in life and who will always remember that special twinkle in her eyes.
The family wishes to thank all of the friends, neighbors, professionals and church members whom helped keep a watchful and loving eye on Mary Edna in her latter years, especially in the face of her lifetime habits of self-reliance and independence.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, September 17th, 2009, at First Baptist Church, 401 Main Street, Roscoe, Texas, 79545. Rev. Phillip Thomas will officiate. Services are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Taylor-Jones Humane Society, 3811 N. 1st Street, Abilene, Texas, 79603-6827, or to the First Baptist Church, Roscoe, Texas.
From THE ABILENE (TX) REPORTER (9/15/2009)
Edward James Worthy (1892 - 1960)
Vesta Frances McCauley Worthy (1893 - 1986)
Virginia Frances Worthy Alvis (1913 - 2006)*
Mary Edna Worthy (1918 - 2009)
Created by: Janie Healer Davis
Record added: Sep 15, 2009
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A dedicated and beloved teacher...rest in heavenly peace|
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