Beloved Kemp teacher dies
Posted by : January 12, 2013| On :
KEMP–The Kemp ISD community is mourning the passing of one of their favorite teachers, Barbara McFaul.
Reportedly, she wasn’t feeling well and had gone to the hospital on Tuesday and spent Wednesday night at home. She had been put on oxygen, however when her husband checked on her in the morning, she didn’t have a pulse.
Barbara McFaul taught mostly business courses at Kemp High School for 28 years before retiring in 2010. She served as the sponsor for the student club Business Professionals of America, and escorted students to numerous competitions, conferences and conventions. She also served as class sponsor, prom planner, graduation coordinator, homecoming guru and served many terms on the Kemp City Council.
“She and I crossed this state from city to city to take students to BPA competitions and we always had fun,” Dr. Daniel Sue, of Kemp High School, said. “She was my personal friend for 12 years. She loved her family, her work and her community. I became her personal pastor, friend and helper. I will miss her greatly.”
Here are a few comments from former students gathered from Internet social media networks concerning her passing.
Traci Huckabay Allen wrote, “My heart breaks reading about Mrs. McFaul’s passing. She was one of my favorite teachers.”
Shane Roberts: “An awesome teacher and even better woman has passed away.”
Lupe Garza: “She was a great person … truly a wonderful lady full of joy.”
Kim Reed Vincent, a 1996 KHS graduate said, “She is an excellent example of an exceptional teacher. I have never known a more dedicated teacher to her students and school district. She influenced so many who have passed through the doors of Kemp High School.”
Community members also told The Monitor the following comments:
Longtime Kemp business owner Charlotte McDougald said, “Barbara always wanted Kemp to do better.” First National Bank of Kemp resident Vidal Jones and Kemp mayor 1997-2001 said, “Barbara loved Kemp with all her heart. She would do just about anything for the city and school district.” Current city councilwoman Laura Peace said, “Mrs. McFaul dedicated her life to the students and citizens of Kemp. I am personally grateful for her unselfish giving of her time and energy to make our children better citizens and our community a better place to live. She will be missed by all.” Former chief property appraiser for Kaufman County Appraisal District Jackie Self said, “Barbara was a joy to be around and was always full of life.”