Clella Pearson Schmidt, 90, of Dumas, TX died Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Stratford Cemetery with Elgin Sledge officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
Clella was born on January 19, 1929 in Canyon, TX to Grady Newton Pearson and Nettie Launa Moore Pearson. She was raised mainly in Stratford, TX, Spearman, TX and Perryton, TX where her father worked as a teacher, coach, and farmer. She spoke fondly of her early days in the one room schoolhouse her father taught in, and less fondly of days on the tractor. She graduated from Stratford High School at the young age of sixteen. She went on to graduate from West Texas State University and although she swore, she’d never do it, went on to teach for fifty-two years. Throughout her career, she taught in Morse, TX, Sunray, TX, Borger, TX and Dalhart, TX which she considered home. Rest assured if she taught you, she loved you like her own. She saw the potential in each and every child, and fought like a mama bear for what was best for her students. She excelled at teaching kids to read.
Clella raised her girls in Dalhart and lived there for over fifty years. In 2005, she moved to Dumas to be close to her grandkids and great grandkids. By 2014, she became a resident of Dumas Memorial Nursing and Rehab. She was a member of the Dalhart Church of Christ.
The family of Clella will be eternally grateful to the staff there, who not only took excellent care of Clella but also became her family and to the hospice nurses and volunteers who cared and helped so much.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Claude “Pinky” Pearson; and an infant son.
She is survived by three daughters, Katherine Schmidt and Ellen Kyle and husband Terry of Dumas, TX, Gwenfred “Fred” Millard and husband Harry “Short” of Evans, GA., two granddaughters, Carolyn Ferguson and husband Ryan of Amarillo, TX, Carrie Gressley and husband Arend of Claude, TX; and three great grandchildren, Pearson, Brooklyn, and Norah; and some very precious nieces and nephews of which she loved dearly.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Dalhart Education Foundation, 302 Denrock Ave., Dalhart, TX 79022