In Memoriam

Lydia Rodriguez
August 18, 1979-August 16, 2021
Pearland MTA

Lydia Fay Rodriguez, 41, of Texas City passed away in the early morning of August 16. She was born in Eugene, Oregon; one of the youngest daughters belonging to Morris A., Jr. and Mary Nell (Land) Mason. She married Lawrence “Law” Rodriguez in March, 2000 and he preceded her in death August 2nd of this year.

Lydia was a 1998 graduate of Clear Creek High School. As a teenager, Lydia’s interest in music grew as she took up Piano lessons. Lydia worked at a local Carquest shortly after graduating high school where she first met Law. They came together over common interests such as their love for music and the two were married. Lydia and Lawrence also opened and operated L&L Music Studio, where they shared their talents and taught their students lessons in piano and guitar. Her flair for teaching inspired many of her piano students and her children. Lydia dedicated her life to her family, especially her children—spending time with them was her favorite pastime. Lydia also served alongside her husband, Law, as a Children’s Minister at Texas Avenue Community Church. 

Linda Camann Obituary

Linda Camann
December 25, 1942-May 24, 2021
Member of San Antonio MTA

A beloved mother, wife, grandmother, piano teacher, friend, and neighbor, Linda Camann passed away in her home on May 24th, 2020 surrounded by her family (and faithful pets) after a lengthy, ardent battle with breast cancer.

Thank you to all who reached out to Mom and in support of our family during the past few weeks. She rallied during these difficult times and cherished every visit, voicemail message, card, and letter from all who loved her, as she dearly loved each one of you. She appreciated every flower she received or encountered, and insisted on saving them all.

Fiercely independent and private, Mrs. Camann did not share her illness with anyone outside her immediate family. She was, however, a spirited and universally loved patient at Texas Oncology.

Born on Christmas Day in Gary, Indiana, Mrs. Camann chose to define her life by her capabilities rather than her disability when an illness in early childhood left her partially paralyzed. Her passion for music was recognized by her beloved piano teacher, Lillian Gertrude Sims McRitchie, who taught her for eleven years at no charge. Known in her childhood as Janie Eaton, she gravitated toward competition, winning on the nationwide Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour television show at the age of eight. As a teenager she won numerous piano competitions, both in northern Indiana and nationwide, and gave performances throughout the Chicago area, to regional acclaim. "Clair de Lune" was one of her favorite pieces, and she performed it in a master class led by Maurice Dumesnil, the famous student of the composer Claude Debussy. She won a piano concerto competition at age 18, judged by the esteemed concert pianist Rudolph Ganz, who later taught her at Roosevelt University. As a psychology major at Valparaiso University, she met her math tutor and future husband, David Camann.

As she settled into family life, Mrs. Camann performed less frequently and dedicated herself in her role as wife, mother, and piano teacher. To improve her health, she and her family moved to Texas in 1972. She taught many of her students and also her four children the art of piano teaching, as she specialized in teaching gifted students as well as children with disabilities. In 1988, Mrs. Camann established the LGSM Foundation to assist and sponsor children with disabilities in their private music study. She was music director of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and was active in the San Antonio Poets Association, San Antonio Music Teachers Association, and the Tuesday Musical Club. Among Mrs. Camann's favorite accomplishments were numerous piano ensemble concerts, including at Beethoven Hall, Trinity University Laurie Auditorium, St. Phillip's College, Norris Conference Center, the Empire Theatre, and UTSA Buena Vista Theatre. Each ensemble concert featured her students, with as many as thirty performers on up to eighteen pianos at the same time, to fund the LGSM Foundation.

Mrs. Camann was a prolific composer and artist. Her "Jesus is Born" is now a Christmas favorite. Mrs. Camann always impressed audiences with her own arrangement of "Chariots of Fire," and she envisioned her electric wheelchair as a chariot that enabled her to run. She painted this scene as a self-portrait.

Mrs. Camann welcomed students and their families into her home, which housed 12 or more pianos, including her five Baldwin grand pianos. The students were her extended family. A hallmark of her teaching style was that older and more accomplished students assisted the younger or beginner students, promoting camaraderie and self-confidence. She fostered the able-bodied and disabled to learn and perform together to share their music.

Mrs. Camann did not allow her circumstances to preclude opportunities to fulfill her adventurous spirit. From hot air ballooning, landing on Alaskan fjords and glaciers in a float plane, swimming with dolphins, riding roller coasters, boating in the Caribbean, camping among the rocks at Canyon Lake, and navigating the trails of her beloved Yellowstone National Park, she always warned that some of the worst words were "I wish I would have." She once planned a family trip including white water rafting down 30 miles of rapids on the Snake River; she and the guide were the only ones not thrown out of the boat.

Mrs. Camann loved animals; they reciprocated. Butterflies gravitated to her. Many stray dogs and cats pledged their allegiance to her and found a welcoming home. Her parade of faithful Pomeranians was always close by. Within her domain, fish and birds were fed, not caught. She insisted on cracking walnuts and pecans for the eager squirrels who knocked on her porch door. She regaled us with stories of her childhood pet skunk Stinker and squirrels that would fall asleep in her coat pockets. No living creature ever went hungry in her presence.

Mrs. Camann has positively impacted and shaped so many lives. She created cherished, life-long memories through her ensemble concerts and music theory camps, which fostered relationships among her students to create their musical family. Her true gift as a teacher, however, was her ability to deliver wisdom through life lessons within the piano lessons. A second mother to many, she taught the music of life to help her students learn, grow, and feel loved and supported in ways they didn't even know they needed. She continues to cast a wide net of influence with every note her students play, piece they teach, and song they share, perpetuating her passion and love of music.

Most people can recall the first time they met Mrs. Camann. She was a force of nature, a vibrant spirit, with strength and drive to do what she loved. She was inspired to live a life of purpose, no matter what the circumstances. She challenged us to be accountable, reach our potential, broaden our way of thinking, and share our gifts of music to "Celebrate the World."

Mrs. Camann enriched lives in endless ways. Her words are forever etched in our memories; her voice and love are present in our lives and will continue to be with us as we go forward in life. May her gift of music live on in us all, and continue to surround us with love, grace, and comfort.

The genuine caring and love she had for all of us helped to strengthen her resolve in her incredible 17-year fight to battle her cancer. We especially thank her oncologists, Dr. J. Dean McCracken and Dr. Sharon Wilks, and her nurses for their valiant and loving treatment at Texas Oncology.

Mrs. Camann is survived by her husband David; her children Mark, Brent, Amy, and Joel; and her grandchildren Dora, Joey, Sean, Jake, Jane, and Benjamin.

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Alice Welch
August 5, 1937-May 20, 2021
Member of Abilene, MTA

Alice Welch passed away on May 20th, 2021 from complications due to Parkinson's. She was born on August 5, 1937 in the mountains of West Virginia. Her father was a banjo-playing preacher, and her mother was a skillful gardener and seamstress.

She grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where she studied piano and literature. As she finished high school, her piano teacher encouraged her to apply to West Virginia University to continue her musical studies. She was thrilled to be accepted, and thus her life turned in a momentous new direction. In Morgantown, she met Jack Welch at a church party, and soon they were married.

Alice finished a Masters of Music Education at WVU, then taught at Lipscomb College in Nashville for two years. She and Jack settled in Morgantown to raise their two children. Alice was a lifelong piano teacher, educating thousands of students about piano and music over her lifetime. She taught at WVU's piano program, then moved to Abilene with her family in 1984. She maintained a thriving piano studio for over thirty years, teaching from home and at ACU, and was a dedicated member of the Abilene Music Teachers Association.

Alice and Jack became members at Hillcrest Church of Christ when they moved to Abilene. They were both avid travelers. Alice visited numerous countries in four continents, exploring the world from Hawaii to Vienna to Israel.

She is survived by her son John Welch, JD, daughter Lucy Bartholomee, Ph.D., and two grandchildren, Jack and Ian Bartholomee.

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Roberta Shirley Hash Gober
Augut 21, 1940-May 9, 2021
Member of Austin District MTA

Roberta Shirley Hash Gober, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed from this life on May 9, 2021, after a brief illness. Roberta Shirley Hash was born on August 21, 1940, in Childress, Texas, to Robert Hash and Addie B Kelley Hash. Roberta's father was instrumental in developing her passion for music; as a young girl, she sang and played the piano. In addition to her many musical activities, Roberta was an excellent student, and graduated Valedictorian of Childress High School Class of '58. She attended Abilene Christian College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education.
While attending Abilene Christian, Roberta and Lloyd met and the two were united in marriage on January 26, 1962. This union blessed the couple with three children, Bobby "Bob," Becca, and Barry. For many years the family traveled and camped during the summers all over the United States. On January 26, 2021, Lloyd and Roberta celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary. Their commitment to one another and to their children and grandchildren is an inspiration to all. Like Roberta and Lloyd, all three children attended Abilene Christian University, where they too all met their spouses.
After graduating from college, Roberta and Lloyd moved to Austin, Texas where she was employed as an elementary music education teacher in the Austin Independent School District. Later, Roberta taught for several years at Brentwood Christian School. Roberta taught hundreds of children and many adults to play the piano. She started teaching private lessons in Childress at the age of twelve and continued to teach piano for the next sixty-seven years, until 2020. She served for many years on the board of the Texas Music Teachers Association. She was named the Austin District Music Teachers Association's Teacher of the Year in 1987, Texas Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 2000, edited the TMTA Journal for many years, and was an inductee of the TMTA Hall of Honor. Perhaps her greatest musical legacy is the fact that she began a legacy of music educators when her daughter Becca became an elementary music teacher, and later her granddaughter Michal became a band director.
Roberta was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. When they moved to Austin in 1962, the Gobers attended Highland Village Church of Christ, where they headed the bus ministry and participated in mission trips in Utah and Wyoming, where Roberta taught singing and puppet ministry to elementary-aged children. They later attended Westover Hills Church of Christ from 1982 until 2006, where "Coach and Mom" ran the VIP Program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. When they moved to the country near Lexington upon Lloyd's retirement in 2006, they became members of the 140-year-old congregation of the McDade Church of Christ.
Roberta is survived by her devoted husband of fifty-nine years, Lloyd Gober of Lexington; children, Bob Gober of Georgetown, Laura Jones of Georgetown, Becca and her husband Kirk Garner of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Barry Gober and his wife Angela of Pflugerville; seven grandchildren, Nathan Gober of College Station and his fiancée Rachel Lewis, Michal Garner of Colorado Springs, Caleb Gober of Waco, Marcie Garner of Colorado Springs, Anna Gober of Stephenville, Abby Gober of Georgetown, and Mindy Garner of Colorado Springs; and many other in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Lorene Hargrove Springer
November 16, 1927-April 29, 2021
Member of Abilene MTA

Abilene - Lorene Hargrove Springer of Abilene passed away peacefully on April 29th at the age of 93.

She fought a heroic and successful battle with many health challenges over the past years.

Lorene was a music performer, educator, mentor, and terrific Mother. She felt her greatest gift and pleasure was enriching the lives of her students, friends, colleagues, and family.

Additionally, Lorene enjoyed those she encountered during her many years of travel while judging with the National Piano Guild.

She was born to John S Hargrove and Zetha Lucille (Barnett) Hargrove on November 16, 1927 in Clay County Texas. Her early years on the family farm provided a strong education of hard work and discipline.

Lorene was always interested and involved with her music from an early age. Later, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Hardin Simmons University, 1954 and her Master of Music in Piano Performance, Howard Payne University, 1967.

Her freelance piano teaching started and covered periods in Fort Worth Texas, Brownfield Texas, California, and finally in Abilene Texas since 1963. She was a judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1974 and was a certified piano teacher.

Her membership included the Music Teachers National Association (certified) and Abilene Music Teachers Association (President 1972-1974, Plague 1974, 91. She was named Abilene Music Teacher of the Year, 1989, to the Hall of Fame Piano Guild United States of America, 1971; Teaching fellow Texas Music Teacher Assn, 2008, Beta Mu Kappa (Secretary 1953-1954).

She enjoyed her church family and was a member of First Baptist Church Abilene since 1963.

Lorene married her loving husband CL Springer in 1950 and was married for 46 wonderful years until he passed in 1996. Between them, they touched the lives of young and old.

She is survived by her only son Michael John Springer and his wife Sheila (Colleyville Texas), her only sibling, Betty Casey, and husband Lt. Col. (Ret) Bob Casey (San Antonio Texas), her niece Karen Gentz and husband David (Dallas Texas), her nephew Pastor Kevin Casey and wife Melanie, and their children Jules and Chris (Decatur Texas), and niece Kelly Casey and daughter Rose (San Antonio Texas).

The family wishes to acknowledge with love our very special neighbors and extended family Lt. Col. (Ret) Will O. Speight and his wife Billie. Also, our very special family friends, Sherry and Joe Frush, Connie and Jesse Ramon, and their wonderful children who were students of Lorene's: Asia, Buddy, JohnLuke, Ave Maria, and Abigail.

Finally, we are grateful to all those who assisted Lorene from Visiting Angels, Brightpointe at Lytle Lake, Hendrick Hospice, and the prayers from her First Baptist Church family.

Corre Bruss
March 27, 1929 - March 6, 2021
Member of Brenham Area MTA

The youngest of three daughters born in Bastrop, Texas to Leslie D. and Corre I. Williams, Corre attended high school in Brenham, Texas. She went on to earn degrees from Baylor University, North Texas State University and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her career as a voice teacher included many years at Sam Houston State University, then several years of teaching privately after leaving the university.

Married in 1983 to Joe Brusse of College Station, Texas she became stepmother to four grown sons and grandmother to their children. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of College Station.

Corre was predeceased by her husband and two stepsons, David Brusse and Joe Brusse III, and is survived by stepsons, Leslie Brusse and Claude Brusse; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and three nieces.

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June Marie Carthel Leondar
June 9, 1926 – February 28, 2021
Member of Fort Worth MTA

June was born on June 9, 1926 to John Thomas & Lula Ruth Carthel of Lockney, Texas. As the eldest of their five children, she grew up helping her family on the farm by running tractors, picking cotton, feeding animals, gardening and caring for her younger siblings. The difficult farm life ingrained in her strength, the value of hard work and service to others but left her wanting more for her life. Fueled by a passion for music, she left the family farm to pursue her education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1948 and Master of Music Education in 1952.

After graduating from Texas Tech, June moved to Midland to begin her career. She felt very strongly about her work in the public-school setting. “It’s a field of teaching which has been neglected in Texas, so I have felt like a pioneer,” she wrote in a letter in 1955. While in Midland, she took an art class instructed by a local artist, Arnold Leondar. The two quickly became friends and then fell in love. She often said, “we were well-suited for each other”. The pair wed in a small, intimate ceremony in Taos, New Mexico  the summer of 1955. 

Arnold and June started a family in 1961 with the birth of their son, Brandt Samuel Leondar, and welcomed their second son, Morris John Leondar four years later. The young family eventually settled in Hurst, Texas where Arnold became the Director of the Art Department at Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC) now Tarrant County College (TCC). June later served as the piano instructor for TCJC. Throughout her life June remained engaged and highly respected in the Texas music community. She served as president of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), as well as a member of the Van Cliburn Competition local Host Committee as a Judge’s Score Chairman. At the time of her death, she was Chairman of the South-Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition and Chairman of the Texas Music Teachers Association Piano Performance Contest. 

June received many awards and honors during her lifetime including TMTA Teacher of the Year, TCJC Humanities Division Distinguished Service Award, and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Foundation Fellow Distinguished Service Award. Most recently she was awarded the first-time TMTA Lifetime Service Award. 
June loved her family dearly. Throughout the years when she wasn’t teaching, judging competition, or playing the piano, she was busy keeping up with their three grandchildren. In 1998 June and Arnold retried from their beloved departments and purchased property west of Fort Worth where they built their forever home. Here they hosted holidays, family gatherings, watched their grandchildren grow, and loved each other well into their nineties. June cherished their home together, as it was filled with wonderful memories and Arnold’s art on every wall. After his passing in 2018, she loved being surrounded by all of his incredible pieces, the Midland landscape in particular. 

On the morning of February 28th of this year, with her son Morris lovingly holding her hand, June took her last breath in Weatherford, Texas. She was loved fiercely by her family and is missed every single day. It is comforting to know that her spirit lives on in her two brothers, John Lee and James, sister Janis, son Morris, daughters-in-law Kimberly and, grandsons Aaron and Andrew, granddaughter Marissa and her husband Brent, and two great-grandsons Kinsler and Halston. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, John Thomas and Ruth Carthel, sister Joyce Wilson, son Brandt Leondar and husband Arnold Leondar. 

Obituary of Doris Lum Meyer

Doris Lum Meyer
April 3, 1928-February 7, 2021
Member of Conroe MTA

Doris Lum Meyer, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother was born on April 3, 1928 in San Benito, Texas. She went to be with our Lord on February 7, 2021, in Conroe, Texas at her home at the age of 92 and surrounded by her husband and family.

Doris was a resident of Conroe, Texas for the past forty years. She grew up on Tarkington Prairie and moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1954. She was a piano teacher for more than seventy years and had a great love for music and teaching. She was the epitome of Godliness and grace with her soft voice, loving heart, giving spirit, merciful soul and love of people.

Doris was preceded in death by her first husband of over fifty years, S. E. Lum Jr.; her parents, Ernest Lee and Jewell A. Marley; and her firstborn son, Stephen Ray Lum who died at birth.

Doris is survived by her husband, Jim Meyer; her two children, Donald Gene Lum and wife Cheryl of Geelong Australia, and Karen Ann Boer and husband Terry of Kountze, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Ryan Matthew Price and wife Kim, Jason Everett Price and wife Heather, Natasha Fisher and husband Rob, Chantelle O’Kelly and husband Danon, as well as, great-grandchildren Colby Price and wife Kinley, Payton Hawley, Rachel Townsend and husband Matthew, Krysta Fuller, Briana Price, Jamy Price, Logan Arnold, Solomon Price; great-great-grandchildren Callen O’Kelly, Blake O’Kelly, Kai Beckett Fisher, Remi Lou Price, Tobyn Townsend, Noah Townsend and other children from her husband, Jim, and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a lifetime of music families throughout her years of teaching.

 Nelita True Laires

Nelita True Laires
September 18, 1936 - January 17, 2021
Member of San Antonio MTA

Dr. Nelita True Laires passed away Sunday, January 17th. She was, according to Clavier Companion magazine, “One of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.” Preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Fernando Laires, she is survived by her perfect brother, Wesley (Marilyn), step-daughters Jennifer Laires Hilterbrick (Scott), Barbara Cambell (Ken), and Suzanne Borbon, nieces Carolyn True (Brian Petkovich) and Amy Nelita Belden (David), and seven grandchildren.

Dr. True was born in Bozeman, Montana in 1936. A lover of walking, while those much younger flocked to the elevator, Dr. True always took the stairs. She hiked as often as her schedule allowed, traveling the mountains and trails of her beloved Montana. A favorite spot was Pallisades Falls outside of Bozeman. She was intrigued by numbers and their qualities, remembering important dates (family, friends, colleagues, and student birthdays) at the drop of a hat. A regular correspondent, she rarely let a card, letter, or email remain unanswered. Her memory was impressive, be it musical scores, or every outfit she wore in high school.

Since Dr. True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career took her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty United States. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes and had been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan as a student of Helen Titus, Dr. True went on to Juilliard to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and then earned the DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory.  In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant. Dr. True was the epitome of artist/teacher, teaching at Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, was a Distinguished Professor the University of Maryland, College Park, The Eastman School of Music (1989 – 2018, Professor Emerita 2018 – 2021), and in hundreds of workshops and master classes across the globe.

Professor Emerita Nelita True was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman, the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education from the University of Rochester, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference (USA).

Dr. True has been a jury member for the China International Piano Competition (Beijing), the Queen Sonja International Piano Competition (Oslo), the National Piano Competition in Brazil, the Horowitz Competition (Kiev), the Concours de Musique in Canada, the PTNA (Tokyo), the Lev Vlassenko Competition in Australia, and the Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, and William Kapell International Piano Competitions in the United States.

Above all, Nelita was an incredible human being, always listening, caring, and interacting with everyone she met. The family asks you to remember her musicianship, her teaching, her grace, her infectious laugh, and her charm. The world is lessened by her physical absence, but her legacy will continue through her family and her students far and wide. 

Donald H Harris
July 24, 1939-December 19, 2020
Member of Conroe MTA and Cypress Creek MTA

Don peacefully passed away on 12-19-2020 with loved ones at his side in The Woodlands Texas.

He was born in Burlington N.C. on 7-24-1939 from his father Cleveland Henry Harris, and mother Francis Alberta (Tickle) Harris.  He was a twin to the deceased Daniel Harris and a brother to the deceased Robert L. Harris.  He is preceded in death by his brother Billy J. Harris, his sister-in-law Daisey Ann (Ward) Harris, as well as 3 nephews and nieces.

Donald received his High School diploma in Piano through the American College of Musicians (NGPT).  After High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in music from Elon University in N.C. and a Master’s degree in music from the University of North Carolina.  Those music degrees involved majors in piano and organ, with strong emphasis being given to the areas of music theory and composition.

Donald was an accomplished pianist, composer, teacher/instructor.  His greatest passion was music and piano from elementary school throughout his entire life.  He enjoyed teaching and passing on his talents and the love of music to students of all ages.

Donald was passionate about life and was well known as a wonderful and compassionate man.

 

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.

Lydia House
November 2, 1929-October 19, 2020
Member of Brenham Area MTA

Lydia Estelle House, 90, of Brenham, TX died on October 19, 2020 in the presence of family.

Mrs. House was born on November 2, 1929 in Houston, TX to Henry and Martha Ehlert Kitzman. She married her husband, Jim Tom House, on June 10, 1954.

Lydia was a true, hard-working, servant to people and God. She was a gifted teacher and caregiver who influenced many children’s lives in positive ways. Her grand and great-grandchildren were the delight of her life. She loved being with and taking care of her family, playing piano, and playing the game of 42. We have all been blessed to know and love her. Even in our loss, we are rejoicing that she now resides, made perfect and whole, in Heaven with loved ones who went before and her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Henry House “Tom” and wife Jessica of Florence, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Lydia “Ann” Jurden and husband Daniel W. “Dan” of Brenham, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Bill Kitzman and wife Mary Grace; brother, Oliver Kitzman; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Kitzman and Beverly Kitzman; grandchildren, Philip Richard McLemore and wife Jennifer, Rachel Michelle Markham and husband Cole, LeeAnn Jurden, Pam House, Lane Allison Morgan and husband Howard, Terry Potter and husband Chris, Kara Beth McLemore and husband Brody, Emily Stilson and husband Tyler, Laura House, and Kelly Dee Jurden; great grandchildren, Jackson Markham, Wesley Markham, Marshall Markham, Rose Markham, Tara McLemore, Luke Stilson, Aaron Stilson, and Martha Kate Stilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Martha Kitzman; husband, Jim Tom House; daughter, Martha Frances McLemore “Marti”; brother and sister-in-law, Ellis Kitzman and wife Mary; sister-in-law, Norma Jean; brothers, Norman Kitzman and Henry Kitzman Jr.; sisters, Laverne Dow and Glister Biddy; and all of Jim Tom’s siblings and spouses.

 

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.
Nancy Arlene Bachus Obituary

Nancy Bacchus
July 14, 1944-September 8, 2020
Member of Fort Worth MTA

Nancy Arlene Bachus (nee Fanning), age 76, formerly of Hudson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Nancy was passionate about music from a young age. She received her Masters from Eastman School of Music. Nancy performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, and authored 30 book publications. Her private piano studio was her pride and joy. She will be greatly missed by many- especially her 5 grandchildren. Beloved wife of the late Donald Lee Bachus. Survived by daughters Alicia (Allen) Bachus and Laura (Kane) Bachus Kayser; five grandchildren; her brother and two sisters.

Robert Fred Kern
November 11, 1944-August 14, 2020

KERN, Robert Fred Robert Fred Kern, a renowned music educator, scholar, composer, and author, died suddenly on August 14, 2020. All who knew the force of his keen intellect and sharp wit carry the gift of his inspiration within. We are all the better for his belief in us. Fred was born on November 11, 1944 in Pittsfield, Illinois. He went on to earn a B.S. from Illinois State University, a M.M. from Illinois Wesleyan, a M.M. from Northwestern University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. A Professor of Music and Specialist in Piano Education at the University of North Texas in Denton from 1980-2011, Dr. Kern previously taught at William Rainey Harper College and Northwestern University. Fred met every moment of his life with an eye to its humor. To be in his presence was to feel joyful, quick-to-laugh, and valued. Fred is survived by several cherished cousins, his uncle and namesake Robert Kern, many loving friends and his precious dog, Bentley Brown. 

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.