OBITUARY

Lisa Gayle Morales

October 10, 1957December 30, 2019

Loved by family, friends and many in the Charlottesville community, Lisa Morales, a well-known and respected Guidance Counselor at Charlottesville High School (CHS) passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019. Unbeknownst to many, Lisa fought a courageous battle against multiple myeloma over the past six years. After being diagnosed, she made a conscious choice to focus on living her life by continuing to work full-time, swing dance as often as possible, DJ for the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society (CSDS), teach dance to hundreds of adults and children, and volunteer in the community. She had a big, loving heart and was always available to provide support and warm hugs to her many friends and family members. Lisa is survived by her life-partner of 19 years, Kevin Sumter; her parents Vicente and Eve Morales; sisters Janet Chilson and husband Roy, Carol Wenger and husband Dean; brother Steve Morales and wife Alicia; nieces Jessica Reece (Tom), Julia Wenger, Liza Gingerich (Josh), and Maddie, Catherine, Caroline, and Susannah Morales; nephews Mark Chilson (Leah), Christopher Wenger, and Michael, Luke, and Joshua Morales; Godmother Joan Pedersen; special friends John Robertson, Bonnie Strickler and Kim Perkins; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and great nieces/nephews; and countless friends and CHS students (whom Lisa lovingly referred to as "her kids"). Lisa was born on October 10, 1957 in San Diego, CA and travelled all over the world as a Navy dependent and later as a Special Agent for the Naval Investigative Service. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Old Dominion University and her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland. Upon moving to Charlottesville in 1994, Lisa became a Guidance Counselor at CHS, later becoming Department Chair. She was highly dedicated to "her kids," advocating and helping thousands of students during her 25 years at CHS. Heartfelt thanks to Lisa’s oncologist Dr. John Densmore, the caring staff and volunteers at the Emily Couric Cancer Center, the staff of the Oncology wing at UVA Medical Center, and the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society. A celebration of Lisa's life will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, 684 Woodlands Rd, Charlottesville on February 7, 2020. All are welcome to come celebrate Lisa's life starting at 6:00 p.m. and, in the spirit of Lisa, running until… In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lisa Morales CHS Student Scholarship, Attn: Kim Perkins, 1995 Lambs Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Teague Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be made at www.Teaguefuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, February 7, 2020

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Cathy Burrier

January 18, 2020

Lisa was a wonderfully warm, welcoming and loving person. She wholeheartedly welcomed me into the dance community when I first came to Charlottesville. Her generous spirit will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Kevin and Lisa's family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dianna Poe

January 10, 2020

Lisa is the backbone of not only the Counseling department, but of Charlottesville High School. Students always came first and she was caring and wise with them. She will be greatly missed by the Walk Program where she was instrumental in helping serve kids who struggled to graduate. We love you Lisa and wish your family much peace.

Jeri Cohen

January 9, 2020

Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa always came to infusion with a smile on her lips and love in her heart. She was a trooper and I'm glad I got the opportunity to care for both you and her over the past years. She will truly be missed by everyone here.

Joy Lang Carpenter

January 8, 2020

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa what a beautiful, loving and kind spirit you are. You have impacted so many lives and will live on in the hearts of everyone. I want to extend my love and sincere condolences to my Aunt Eve and Uncle Vince and my cousins Janet, Carol, Steve and their spouses, and children and to my grieving relatives.
God bless...

Janet Sesay

January 7, 2020

My Heart bleed in pain Hearing your Departure.😭
The Best Teacher, Friend, Mother, Advice giver, Counselor there ever was in my days of Growth. I just spoke to you not too long ago asking for my transcript and catching up on the good old days when I was in your office literally everyday Asking questions on Graduation. Even though English was my second language you did your very best to make sure I and every child you worked with walked across that stage with pride of “ YES I DID IT” You were a Jewel in this world and will be Missed so dearly.
Ms. Morales Thank you For all you did for us May your precious soul Rest In Peace May heaven smile at your coming. I pray that The Lord Jesus Christ prepares a wonderful place for you as you go to see him. May your legacy at Charlottesville High School never die.😭😭
You will be miss by us all.
#GoneButNeverForgotten#.

Janet SESAY

January 7, 2020

My Heart bleeds in Pain Hearing your Departure.😭
The Best Teacher, Friend, Mother, Advice giver, Counselor there ever was in my days of Growth. I just spoke to you not too long ago asking for my transcript and catching up on the good old days when I was in your office literally everyday Asking questions I already knew answers too just too get candy bar but regardless you understood me and always remind me of why I was going to school. Even though English was my second language you did your very best to make sure I and every child you worked with walked across that stage with pride of “ YES I DID IT” You were a Jewel in this world and will be Missed so dearly.
Ms. Morales Thank you For all you did for us May your precious soul Rest In Peace May heaven smile at your coming. I pray that The Lord Jesus Christ prepares a wonderful place for you as you go to see him. May your legacy at Charlottesville High School never die.😭😭
You will be miss by us all.
#GoneButNeverForgotten#.

Janet SESAY

January 7, 2020

My Heart bleeds in Pain Hearing your Departure.😭
The Best Teacher, Friend, Mother, Advice giver, Counselor there ever was in my days of Growth. I just spoke to you not too long ago asking for my transcript and catching up on the good old days when I was in your office literally everyday Asking questions I already knew answers too just too get candy bar but regardless you understood me and always remind me of why I was going to school. Even though English was my second language you did your very best to make sure I and every child you worked with walked across that stage with pride of “ YES I DID IT” You were a Jewel in this world and will be Missed so dearly.
Ms. Morales Thank you For all you did for us May your precious soul Rest In Peace May heaven smile at your coming. I pray that The Lord Jesus Christ prepares a wonderful place for you as you go to see him. May your legacy at Charlottesville High School never die.😭😭
You will be miss by us all.
#GoneButNeverForgotten#.

Janet SESAY

January 7, 2020

My Heart bleeds in Pain Hearing your Departure.😭
The Best Teacher, Friend, Mother, Advice giver, Counselor there ever was in my days of Growth. I just spoke to you not too long ago asking for my transcript and catching up on the good old days when I was in your office literally everyday Asking questions I already knew answers too just too get candy bar but regardless you understood me and always remind me of why I was going to school. Even though English was my second language you did your very best to make sure I and every child you worked with walked across that stage with pride of “ YES I DID IT” You were a Jewel in this world and will be Missed so dearly.
Ms. Morales Thank you For all you did for us May your precious soul Rest In Peace May heaven smile at your coming. I pray that The Lord Jesus Christ prepares a wonderful place for you as you go to see him. May your legacy at Charlottesville High School never die.😭😭
You will be miss by us all.
#GoneButNeverForgotten#.

Janet SESAY

January 7, 2020

My Heart bleeds in Pain Hearing your Departure.😭
The Best Teacher, Friend, Mother, Advice giver, Counselor there ever was in my days of Growth. I just spoke to you not too long ago asking for my transcript and catching up on the good old days when I was in your office literally everyday Asking questions I already knew answers too just too get candy bar but regardless you understood me and always remind me of why I was going to school. Even though English was my second language you did your very best to make sure I and every child you worked with walked across that stage with pride of “ YES I DID IT” You were a Jewel in this world and will be Missed so dearly.
Ms. Morales Thank you For all you did for us May your precious soul Rest In Peace May heaven smile at your coming. I pray that The Lord Jesus Christ prepares a wonderful place for you as you go to see him. May your legacy at Charlottesville High School never die.😭😭
You will be miss by us all.
#GoneButNeverForgotten#.

Cynthia Walters

January 7, 2020

I remember Lisa for her quick wit, irresistible chuckle, and smartness. Compassionate and astute, she kept at the forefront the best interest of the kids in her work at CHS. She is greatly missed as a colleague, mentor and friend!

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