OBITUARY

Mary Jane Morgan

June 12, 1945October 9, 2020

With sadness we announce the passing of Mary Jane, a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother friend, teacher, and philanthropist, on October 9, 2020 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Mary Jane was born in Tulsa, OK on June 12th of 1945 to Cecil and Walene Folks. She was raised in Snyder, OK and went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. She proceeded to pursue a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Missouri where she met and fell in love with her husband of 53 years, Raymond Victor Morgan Jr. (Vic). She often said that she was pursuing a doctorate degree, but got both a Mrs. degree and doctorate degree when she married Vic. They spent a few years in Dallas where Vic was a professor at Southern Methodist University and Mary Jane completed her master’s degree in mathematics and subsequently taught math at Highland Park Middle School. Subsequently, Vic and Mary Jane moved to Alpine, Texas in 1975, which would become their home for the next 40 years. It was in Alpine that they had two sons, Jason and Jeremy, and Mary Jane was never more resilient than coping with and through the loss of her oldest son Jason in an automobile accident in 2000. Mary Jane taught high school mathematics at Alpine High School for over 30 years impacting the lives of numerous students. She was active with various student organizations, including Anchor Club, Student Council, University Interscholastic League math competitions, class sponsor, yearbook, etc. Her past students continued to correspond, visit, and express their profound gratitude for what she meant to them as a teacher, even though they may not have appreciated or understood it at the time. Beyond teaching, Mary Jane was also the first lady of Sul Ross State University in Alpine beginning in 1990 when Vic was named the president of the university. This too entailed persistent organizing of events, attending events and student activities, as well as interacting with students, faculty, regents, and others. She managed these responsibilities with dignity and grace. Her unrelenting passion for this aspect of her life supporting Vic and Sul Ross was one of her trademarks but at the same time she didn’t have to give up her identity and never did. Her legacy is and will be long-lasting at Sul Ross as the university center is named the Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center. Mary Jane retired from teaching in 2001 and proceeded to become an avid philanthropist and volunteer. Community involvement was always a passion, but she was able to devote more time and energy. She was a member of Pilot Club in Alpine and rose to be Texas District Governor of Pilot International and later Treasurer of Pilot International. She was director of Leadership Big Bend for 10 years, sat on the Alpine Independent School District Board of Education for two terms, was involved in American Cancer Society activities having survived breast cancer which included chairing Relay for Life in Alpine, delivered Meals on Wheels, was involved in numerous church activities including Church Treasurer at the Alpine Church of Christ. One of Mary Jane’s most significant community involvement efforts was working to organize and raise funds to obtain the land and build a new public library in Alpine which open in 2012. For all her efforts, she was named Alpine’s Citizen of the Year in 2004, and Alpine’s Ambassador of the Year in 2010. After Vic failed at retirement, they moved to Victoria in 2014 where Vic became the interim president of the University of Houston Victoria. Mary Jane continued her passion for community involvement and volunteer activities in Victoria. She was involved in the Victoria Symphony League serving as President, the Bach Festival Endowment Board, Theatre Victoria, VISD Foundation, Mid-Coast Family Services, Bronte and Pilot Club of Victoria. She was named the incoming president of the VISD Foundation and Bronte before being diagnosed with cancer. She was also involved with church activities at the Central Church of Christ and activities at the University of Houston Victoria. Mary Jane was always on the go...but most of all people recognized her work ethic, willingness to take on any task, unwavering reliability and tirelessly advocating for the causes in which she believed. In August of 2019, Mary Jane became a grandmother when her first and only grandson was born...she loved spending time with him and holding him. Mary Jane is survived by her husband Vic; their son Jeremy Morgan and his wife Katherine; their grandchild Grayson Morgan; her brother John Folks and his wife Wyvonna; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary Jane was predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Walene Folks; and her son Jason Morgan. A memorial service will be held virtually through the website of Central Church of Christ in Victoria, TX on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM. For those wishing to attend, please visit https://www.churchofvictoria.com/index.php. Donations in her memory can be directed to the Vic and Mary Jane Morgan Mathematics Scholarship Endowment at Sul Ross State University (https://www.sulross.edu/giving) , the Bach Foundation Endowment (https://victoriabachfestival.org/endowment-trust/), the VISD Foundation Endowment (http://www.visdfoundation.org/how-can-i-help), or any endowment at the University of Houston Victoria (https://www.uhv.edu/give/). Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Raymond Victor Morgan Jr. (Vic), Husband of 53 years
  • Jeremy Morgan and wife, Katherine, Son
  • Grayson Morgan, Grandchild
  • John Folks and wife, Wyvonna, Brother
  • Cecil and Walene Folks, Parents (deceased)
  • Jason Morgan, Son (deceased)
  • Numerous, Nieces, nephews and cousins

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Robert and Margaret Matthews

October 20, 2020

Margaret and I knew Mary Jane for approximately 45 years. She was caring, socially responsible and funny . Many organizations in Alpine still have her imprint and benefit from her many years of service. We are very sad that her full and meaningful life has come to an end too soon. Her legacy will live on in those who knew her. Our condolences to Vic and her family. May she rest in peace.

Rob and Margaret Matthews

Ryan Linney

October 19, 2020

Condolences to your family. I was fortunate to know Dr. and Mrs. Morgan while I was at Sul Ross.

Ryan Linney
SRSU Graduate 2003
Refugio, Tx

Juliette and Greg Schwab

October 19, 2020

Dear Vic, Jeremy, Katie, and Grayson,

Mary Jane’s service was beautiful, and we are deeply grateful that you shared it. Jeremy, spoken with remarkable courage, your words painted a perfect picture of the radiant woman we cherish, and hearing Grayson jabber and saying, “Dada,” made the remembrance perfect.

Much Love,
Juliette and Greg

Juliette and Greg Schwab

October 19, 2020

Dear Vic, Jeremy, Katie, and Grayson,

Mary Jane’s service was beautiful, and we are deeply grateful that you shared it. Jeremy, spoken with remarkable courage, your words painted a wonderful picture of the radiant woman we cherish, and hearing Grayson jabber and saying, “Dada,” made the remembrance perfect.

Much love,

Greg and Juliette

Sara Bow

October 19, 2020

Mary Jane and myself were in clubs together in Alpine, she had such poise and grace. I admired her so much, she was definitely a beautiful First Lady at SulRoss State university. I will never forget her, a beautiful service.God bless the beautiful family.

Vic and AIleen Olenius

October 19, 2020

We are so saddened by the loss of Mary Jane. We moved in next door to Vic and Mary Jane a little over a year ago and were so kindly and warmly greeted by them into the neighborhood. Mary Jane was always so kind in sharing her delicious goodies with us. The most recent was her wonderful Banana Cake. Sadly, we will no longer be able to share with her the stories of the wonderful life that she led. Our deepest sympathies to her wonderful family.

Vic and Aileen Olenius

Sara Bow

October 19, 2020

Mary Jane,
What a beautiful soul. She is so incredibly special to everyone who has ever met her. Her beauty Grace poise and love filled the room anytime she walked in. I remember every single party, pilot club, ambassadors club, algebra...and every time we were in each others presence was such a beautiful moment. Thank you for the gorgeous service honoring her. We love you and your family so much. I miss her

Melody Olsen

October 19, 2020

Mary Jane Morgan was a very warm and loving woman who will be greatly missed by many whose lives she touched. My prayers are with Vic Morgan and all the members of their family.

Michael Murphy

October 19, 2020

Mary Jane was a gift of love to all from our Father in Heaven. She was always bigger than this life, filling every space with her wonderful smile and loving heart. As a gracious leader she inspired us, moving so many to become bigger than ourselves, to give more and expect less. Mary Jane motivated generations by showing us how. Thank you Mary Jane Morgan.

Glenda Overfelt

October 18, 2020

Mary Jane was a wonderful woman. I remember when we first met, we shared "teaching" stories. She said she and Mrs. Powell were "meaner than snakes!" Not so, she was an inspiration to so many. Deepest condolences to the family.

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