In Memoriam

 

Frances James Key
January 27, 1928 – October 23, 2020
Member of Wichita Falls MTA

Frances Marie James Key, age 92, died October 23. 2020, in Olney, TX. She left a legacy of music to the community and was granted her prayer for God to “use me up.”
Frances was born to Beulah Mae and Charles D. James in Muskogee, OK, on Jan. 27, 1928. The family moved to the Graham area where Frances attended Graham schools. Upon graduation from Graham HS, Frances attended Texas Woman’s University earning a Bachelor of Music in piano. Frances also studied piano at Juilliard School of Music and later Midwestern State University to earn her Texas certification to complete a 12 year stint in public school music.
Frances and Edwin Key married in Graham on May 5, 1950, and moved to Olney where they started Key Studio, teaching piano to hundreds of students for the next 67 years. With Frances at the piano and Edwin at the organ, they played for untold numbers of weddings, funerals, graduations, and other community events.
In 1996, Texas Music Teachers Association awarded Frances the honor of Teacher of the Year. She was also named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1969 and Pioneer Award recipient in 2001. Other professional and club affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, Wichita Falls Music Teachers Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, National Guild Piano Teachers (Judge), and Amity Club.
Frances is survived by her only daughter, Carol and husband, Gary Glover; granddaughters, Sarah Kidd and husband, Joshua of Graham, and Kate Evetts and husband, Cole of Austin; grandsons, Jackson and Carson Kidd.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah Mae and Charles D. James; by her husband, Edwin Key, in 2018; by one sister, Charlene, and by two brothers, John and Jack James.
 

Thelma Cooper
November 14, 1936 – October 14, 2020
Member of Waco MTA

On October 14 of this year, God's loving embrace of Thelma Cooper's life became complete. Since her birth in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on November 14, 1936, she had lived a full, creative life as a disciplined student and an inspiring teacher. Thelma's parents were Baptist missionaries to Brazil as were her grandparents, William and Anne Luther Bagby, for whom a street in Waco is named.
After completing high school in Brazil while being guided by her uncle Albert Bagby in piano performance, Thelma enrolled in the Baylor University School of Music. She brought her days as a student to a close after completing work toward a Master of Arts degree. In the winter of 1959, on the day before Christmas, she married William F. Cooper, who was enrolled in graduate study at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After moving to Indiana, she completed certification as an elementary teacher and gave birth to her first son, Richard, two weeks before their family moved to Argentina where a Fulbright Grant funded Bill's research in Latin American Philosophy. While there, Thelma was able to return for a few months to her home in Porto Alegre and introduce her parents and many friends to her infant son.
In July 1965, they moved to Waco, and a few years later, Dr. Cooper began her career teaching piano in the Baylor School of Music. Thelma's career at Baylor was structured around a demanding teaching schedule, deep devotion to her many students, a good many years of duo piano recitals with Dr. Leta Horan, the development of the Piano Laboratory Program, and completion of a doctoral degree in Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, during the summers she continued her musical studies in Chautauqua, NY.
One of the great joys of her life was playing the piano for worship and for the children's choirs at Seventh and James Baptist Church, a community that nurtured her faith and guided and comforted her in her pilgrimage through life's many demands. Finally, her hospitality cannot go unmentioned. Her delight through every stage of life was hosting people at the family table, serving up chicken spaghetti or lasagna and Bill's homemade bread to countless friends and family members.
Thelma is survived by her husband, William; their children and grandchildren, Richard and his sons, Maximillian and William; Jonathan and wife, Kristy Ditzler, and their son, Kirk; and Dorisanne and husband, David Tatum, and their son, Adam; a sister, Helen; beloved cousins; and 26 nieces and nephews for whom she held such great affection.

Carol Ann (Vogt) Sharp
October 6, 1943-July 26, 2020
Member of Garland MTA

Carol Ann Vogt Sharp, beloved sister and aunt, went to be with her Savior on July 26, 2020. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Gene Sharp, who passed in 2015. She was born on Oct 6, 1943, in Alpine, Texas, and was the second child of Paul and Adele Vogt, now deceased.

An avid lover of music, Carol graduated from SMU, cum laude, with a degree in music. While there, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and earned membership into the honorary music fraternity of Mu Phi Epsilon. She was also selected for membership into Kirkos and Mortar Board. She was a bright, talented pianist who taught hundreds of students over more than 40 years. Truly a master teacher, many sought her out, and she even taught up until her last week of life.

Carol loved to perform, as well, and she and her sister, Betty (vocalist) performed musically for numerous church groups and other venues over the years. They were frequent guest musicians for Christian Women’s Clubs, and they also performed two-woman Broadway shows all over the Dallas area, and beyond.

Carol was very involved in the Garland Music Teacher’s Association throughout her career, and contributed in many capacities. She also served as a judge for numerous piano contests around the state.

Carol had a deep love for Jesus Christ and often spoke of how the Lord strengthened her and worked in her daily life. Before her marriage, she had been on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in Washington state, and in Colorado. Later, and for several years, she served as a Discussion Leader in Bible Study Fellowship. She loved singing in the choir and mentoring younger women at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

Carol is survived by her sister Betty (husband Bill) Crenshaw; nieces Kristi (husband David) Padley and sons Cameron and Conor, of Purcellville, VA; Holly (husband Tony) Archer and children Rebecca, Shane and Aaron, of Little Elm, TX; nephew Craig (wife Christina) Crenshaw of Waco, TX, and sons Christopher and Corban. Carol also had an aunt and cousins, as well as a multitude of friends who loved her dearly.

 Rosemary White Massingale

Rosemary White Massingale
November 8, 1941-May 25, 2020
Member of Plano MTA

Born: November 8, 1941, in Mansfield, LA. and passed away on May 25, 2020. in Damascus, Oregon.

Preceded in death by: Her mother, Lillie Rae White, and Father, James B White

Survived by: Her Husband, George; her daughters, Amy and Emily; and three grandchildren: Hudson Hassler, Helena Hassler, and Dakota Dorch, and her brother Larry White.

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David William Faust
July 31, 1927-January 23, 2020
Member of El Paso MTA

El Paso - DAVID WILLIAM FAUST passed away January 23, 2020 at the age of 92 and entered his new heavenly home. He lived his life devoted to the Lord and to his family, and leaves a legacy of selflessness, service, and love. His contagious joy, and a smile which lit up the room, made a lasting impression on everyone. So many people say that David was the happiest person they ever met. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Navy. David met the love of his life, Edith, at Northwestern University School of Music, and they married in 1950. They celebrated their 69th anniversary this past December. David retired after 36 years at Georgia Pacific. He shared his gift of music as a pianist, composer, and piano teacher. He and Edith published their music and received national recognition for their compositions, and children all over the country play their music. They received an Honorary Life-time Membership to the El Paso Music Teachers Association. David was a long-time member of Coronado Baptist Church, and enjoyed directing the hymns at the Challengers Sunday School class. David also served as a Gideon and played the piano for a weekly men's Bible study. An avid sports fan, he rooted for his beloved Miners and the San Francisco Giants.

David was preceded in death by his brother John Faust. He is survived by his wife Edith, and children Lee Faust of El Paso, and Geni Faust Brooks and her husband Gerald Brooks, of Plano, Texas; his grandchildren Wendi Brooks Byerly (Don), Kayci Brooks Prince (Jessie), and Cody Brooks (Hannah), all of Plano; and great-grandchildren Caroline and Ethan Byerly, and Ezekiel and Josiah Prince.

Alice G. Andrews
January 25, 1931- January 4, 2020
Member of Corpus Christi MTA

Alice G. Andrews, 88, passed away Saturday January 4, 2020 in Austin, Texas.  She was born January 25, 1931 to Edwin and Elizabeth Genthe in Houston, Texas.  She graduated from high school in Houston and upon graduation became the Secretary to the Comptroller of Conoco Oil Company.  Alice met Ralf E. Andrews in January 1957 on a blind date, and married him 3 months later. After marriage Alice and Ralf decided they wanted a large family so Alice left her job.  Alice and Ralf had 5 children and wanted each of them to finish college, which all did. Once the children had grown, Alice returned to her love of music. Alice taught piano and music theory in their home for 20 years.  She loved children, music, and teaching. Alice became the President of the Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association and was a member of multiple professional music teachers associations including The American College of Musicians Association and the National Piano Guild.  However, her true love was her family. Alice and Ralf were lucky to have celebrated 51 years of love and laughter together in 2008. Alice was quick witted, kind and caring of others to the end. 
Alice is preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Elizabeth Genthe, her beloved husband of 51 years, Ralf Edward Andrews, and a son Joel David.  Left to cherish her memories are Mark (Aileen), Johnny (Veronica), Susan (Heidi Clark), Paul (Brian Dix), daughter Sara (Jason Schultz) and six grandchildren:  Joshua Andrews (Caroline), Jeremy Andrews (Laura Lee) parents of great granddaughter Addison Andrews, Blake and Kristin Andrews, Alec and Laurel Kate Schultz.

 Jean-Muelschen-Obituary

Jean Dale Muelschen
October 12, 1924-November 22, 2019
Member of Irving MTA

MUELSCHEN, Jean Jean Muelschen, a long-time resident of Irving, Texas, died Friday the 22nd of November at her home in Irving. Born Jean Dale Copeland in 1924, in Tullos, LA, Jean received a master's degree in piano performance from LSU, and began her career teaching piano and music theory at Arkansas Tech. She later moved to the Dallas area to teach and study and continued to develop her piano artistry under the tutelage of Dallas concert pianist, Bomar Cramer. She was a founding member of the Irving Music Teachers Association to which she belonged for over 50 years while she taught numerous students. Jean married Fred Muelschen in 1952 and settled in Irving to raise her family. She is survived by her children, Mary Alyce Buckner, John Muelschen, and Janet Muelschen; her niece, Elizabeth Montalvo; grandchildren, Monica Beamer, Andrew Buckner, and Tracie Halsema. She also enjoyed the company of her 5 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Muelschen; sister, Juanita McClure; and daughter, Margaret Cleo Boze. 

 

Astrid R. Perez
September 23, 1970-November 22, 2019
Member of Amarillo MTA

Astrid Rocio (Leal) Perez was born on September 23, 1970 in Bogota, Colombia to Carlos Leal and Cecilia (Rojas) Leal.  Astrid grew up in Bogota, Colombia then graduated from the National University of Colombia.  She moved to the United States in 2000 and then graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s degree in music.  Astrid started teaching school for the Dimmitt Independent School District in 2004.  She married Robert Perez in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Astrid enjoyed playing and teaching piano, writing, swimming, skating, watching her two boys participate in school activities but most of all her passion was teaching her children and her students.  She will be dearly missed and loved by all.

Astrid is survived by her spouse, Robert Perez of Dimmitt, 2 sons, Juan Pablo Perez and Luis Gabriel Perez both of Dimmitt, parents, Carlos Leal and Cecilia (Rojas) Leal of Bogota, Colombia, brother, Juan Carlos Leal and wife Alma of Panama, sisters, Angela Leal and husband Manuel of Germany, Ingrid Leal and husband Fabian of Australia and Esther Leal and husband (Alexander) of Houston. 

Obituary of Susan Scott Ackerman

Susan Scott Ackerman
April 14, 1928-October 27, 2019
Member of Arlington MTA

usan Irene Scott was born to Irene Scott and Piera Prather in 1928. They lived in Doylestown, Ohio, where her sister Lillian was born four years later. Music was the focus of Susan’s life from a young age, beginning by performing in elementary school and continuing throughout her life. At seven she would ride the bus by herself to Akron, Ohio, thirty miles round trip, just to take piano lessons. Susan went to college at the University of Cincinnati School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, studying under internationally known pianist Robert Goldsand. She was a member of Delta Omicron, an honors music fraternity. She married in 1950 and moved to Dallas, Texas where she had four children. Susan loved being a mom and continued sharing her joy in music with her children and her many piano students which she taught for over 50 years. She was a member of Dallas and Grand Prairie Music Teachers Associations as well as playing for weddings, recitals, high school choir and musical showcases, and University Interscholastic League (UIL). She also volunteered her time playing the organ for her Methodist Church and directing the choir. Over the years one of her favorite musical activities continued to be playing piano duets, though her favorite piano partner was her sister, Lillian. Even after her diagnosis of Alzheimer's she was able to share her talent and inspire delight in all who were near.

Susan is survived by her children Jenny Ackerman Reynolds and husband Craig Reynolds; Laurie Ackerman Greer and husband Don Greer, and Becky Ackerman Rothrock and husband Randy Rothrock; grandchildren Willy P. Rothrock and wife Cinzia Rothrock, Robert Rothrock, Colyn Elizabeth Turnbow and husband Logan Turnbow, Jonathan Scott Barry and wife Nina Ivanova Barry, Devon Adrianna Greer, Valerie Scott Reynolds, McKenna Kalen Greer, Savannah Leigh Reynolds, and Keira Brinnea Greer; and sister Lillian Armentrout; great grandchildren Jacob Turnbow, Riley Rothrock, Emma Rothrock. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lyman Ackerman, son Steven Scott Ackerman and brother-in-law Everett "Army" Armentrout.