Mary Theresa Bain McPherson, 91, of Amarillo died on Saturday, June 1, 2012.
Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2012, in Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Mantooth and the Rev. Richard Dickerson officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2012, in Rowe Cemetery in Hedley Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Theresa was born Aug. 17, 1920, in Hedley to Claude and Otha Bain. She was the oldest of five siblings and considered them her “little brood.” She was the valedictorian of Hedley High School in 1937, earned a scholarship to Clarendon Jr. College and on to graduate from West Texas State College in 1941. She also earned her Master’s degree from West Texas State. She began her teaching career in Littlefield, Texas in 1941 and continued to teach for 34 years. She married Winfred McPherson on Jan. 5, 1942 and spent the war years in Hedley, keeping the home fires burning while he served overseas.
She was a dedicated teacher, loved the children and felt her teaching was truly a calling from God. She was instrumental in setting up the elementary school libraries through out the city in the 1970’s. She belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Kappa Iota educational sororities. She was an avid sports fan and loved talking sports with her grandson, Bently. She was so proud of her boys. Theresa was a devoted Christian and ever faithful to her church, Temple Baptist. Throughout her long life, she taught Sunday school, Training Union, Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir, narrated cantatas, served on committees and baked and served many, many casseroles. One word to sum up her life would be faithful. She was faithful to God, to her church, to her family and her friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wimpy McPherson; her parents; a brother, Keith Bain; and a sister, Letha Bain Smith.
Survivors include her daughter, Mariwyn McPherson Webb and husband Randy of Amarillo, two grandsons, Steffan Lee Dye of San Diego and Bently Dye and wife Lorie of San Antonio; two sisters, Vera Bain Smith of Kansas City and Anita Bain West of Amarillo, special nieces and nephews; and many friends.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Temple Baptist Church, 3208 Van Buren St., Amarillo, TX 79109; or Citychurch, 205 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101.