Posted by : January 16, 2013| On :
McFaul was born July 12, 1937, in Kemp, to Bessie Jones and B. Tharp and died Jan. 10, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. McFaul, as she was known by everyone at Kemp High School and around the town of Kemp, was a fixture in the community, a woman who proudly represented Kemp on the city council and who devoted herself to her students at Kemp High.
She had high principles and strong opinions, and she did not hesitate to express herself; her opinions showed who she was and that was a person who cared deeply about her family, school and town.
She could be counted on to help anyone who asked her for assistance and everyone would go to Mrs. McFaul because she would always come through.
After working in business and then at teaching elsewhere, McFaul returned to her home town of Kemp to become the symbol of Kemp High School. She “bled” orange and white, which she would let anyone know are the school colors.
As a teacher and sponsor, she worked with all students, but frequently said she did not need to have the honors-level students; give her the average, “B-C” students as those were the ones she knew needed her if they were to succeed. And Mrs. McFaul made certain that they did.
Her standards were high, and she expected, no, demanded, those students reach those standards. Finished work had to be “mailable,” no mistakes because that work represented the student and her.
Students learned McFaul wanted their best on every assignment and that they could produce that best. She accepted nothing less. McFaul proudly noted that students from Kemp could compete with students from any school – 3A, 4A, or 5A.
Her BPA members represented KHS at numerous contests – district, regional, state, and national – and always returned with medals and honors.
McFaul loved her students, and they, as well as her fellow teachers, loved and respected her. Community members knew that she worked diligently to improve Kemp and she had the best interests of the town at heart.
She was a leader, friend, colleague and mentor. She showed every day that people need to be willing to work for what they want and that dedication, coupled with hard work, brings success. She made everyone better and exemplified what a teacher should be.
News reporter Dan Rather once commented that “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.’”
McFaul pushed, pulled, dragged, and led. She made boys and girls grow up to become men and women. She showed the truth, even when that truth was stark.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” McFaul was an inspiration.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Barry McFaul; infant son Kelly McFaul; and brother Tom Willis Tharp.
Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Harvey McFaul; daughter Jana Cox and husband Tim; granddaughters Erin and Nicole Cox; numerous nephews, cousins, friends, former students, and colleagues.