In Memoriam

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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 o LuAnne n 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.


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.