Mrs. Ethel May Moore Emmons died Thursday, July 19, at Ridgecrest Retirement Center in Waco, Texas. She was 94 years old. Mrs. Emmons was born Ethel May Moore on March 4, 1918, to Luther Carter and Ida Wallace Moore of Minden.
She attended Louisiana College in Pineville and was active in choir and debate. She graduated with a degree in Latin and English and was salutatorian of her class. She taught at Sikes High School and there met Winfred S. Emmons, Jr. They were married in 1942 in San Diego, California, where Winfred was stationed during the war. They subsequently lived in Baton Rouge, Charlottesville, Virginia and Arkadelphia, Arkansas before settling in Beaumont, Texas where Winfred was employed on the English faculty of Lamar University.
Mrs. Emmons taught Latin at South Park, Forest Park, Central and West Brook high schools. She was well-loved and highly respected as a teacher (magistra) of what she considered a living language. Her Latin club activities were legendary and included Roman banquets and annual trips to both state and national Junior Classical League conventions, where her students routinely won awards for achievement in grammar, derivatives, oratory, mythology and other subjects. She was honored as PTA Teacher of the Year at West Brook High School in 1987 and was given the Beaumont A&M Club's Outstanding Teacher award in 1988.
Mrs. Emmons was an active and faithful member of Calder Baptist Church, serving as an adult Sunday school teacher, Girls Auxiliary director and choir member. She was also a longtime member of Beaumont Civic Opera and Interfaith Choir. After 35 years of teaching, she retired in 1988 at age 70. In 2009, she moved to Ridgecrest Retirement Center in Waco, Texas, where she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading a book a day and following politics and the Houston Rockets.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Olive Moore Hebert.
She is survived by a brother, Luther William Moore of Minden; a son, Winfred Emmons III of Waco, his wife, Bonnie and their son, Winfred IV; a daughter, Jeane Emmons of North Sioux City, South Dakota, her husband, Adam Frisch and their children, Austin and Eleanor; and a son, Don Emmons of Austin, his wife, Margo and their children, Rebecca, Rachel and Carlos; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral home in Beaumont today (Tuesday, July 24), from 4 until 6 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at Claybar at 6 p.m. Dr. James Fuller of Calder Baptist Church will officiate. There will be a private burial on Wednesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery.