Posted: Tue 6:41 AM, Sep 11, 2018
Mary Ruth Shepperd Morse, 71, of College Station, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, in Bryan. Services will be held Thursday, September 13, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory at 3001 S. College Avenue in Bryan. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. funeral celebration and then graveside services at College Station City Cemetery.
Mary was born December 6, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas, to Guy J. Shepperd and Willie E. (Copeland) Shepperd. She attended Roswell High School, Class of 1965. Upon moving to College Station in 1981, she accepted a teaching position at A&M Consolidated High School where she taught for 3 years. In 1984, she began working for the City of College Station as a graphic designer in the Print/Mail Department. Mary retired from the city in 2007 after 23 years of service.
Mary always had a smile for everyone and is remembered by family and friends alike as kind, loving, strong-willed, and a little hardheaded—traits one might expect from the only sister to four larger-than-life brothers. In addition to an excessive love of Christmas and all things Santa, Mary enjoyed genealogy, reading, cross-stitching, and traveling. Her favorite pastime, however, was being with her family.
"Today we cried, we laughed, and we cried some more as we mourned the loss of an amazing woman, Mary Shepperd Morse," one grandson shared on Friday. "When I was young, she tried so hard to get me to say 'Grandmother,' 'Grandma,' 'Grandmamma,' or anything that would resemble one of the above. Unfortunately, she had met her hardheaded match, and I would respond only with 'Bubba.' As time went on, she affectionately accepted the name, wearing it with pride—it becoming one of her favorite memories to share. Many reading this may have never known her name was Mary, rather than Bubba. It became who she was ... "Our Bubba". Today, all of us grandchildren fondly remember time spent with her, passing on her love of family history, music, theater, and reading. Individually and collectively, we admired her unflappable courage in the face of a 23-year battle with primary pulmonary hypertension. We reflect on the years we got to spend with Our Bubba. None of those years were guaranteed; none of those memories were promised, but rather granted by God, who has welcomed her without oxygen machine, pump, or cane, but with open arms."
Her parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, a nephew, and her beloved dog, Rosie, precede Mary in death.
Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, all of College Station, Debbie Morse and Peroke Bengs, Bonnie Morse Stephen and John "Buck" Stephen, and Karla Morse Coker and Scott Coker; grandchildren Andrew Schiller and wife Shelby Schiller, Troy Schiller and partner Rachel Mock, Grahm Bengs, Fisher Coker, Crosby Coker, and Morgan Coker; great-granddaughter Ella Schiller; step-grandchildren Brent Bengs and wife Lacey, Marshall Bengs; great-step-grandson Bonner Bengs; brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry and Betty Shepperd of Manor, Larry and Rhoda Shepperd of Richmond, Richard and RoseMary Shepperd of Corpus Christi, and Walter "Bob" and Julia Shepperd of Carson City, Nevada; countless nieces and nephews; as well as daughters, sons, nieces, and nephews of the heart.
Online condolences may be shared at https://www.callawayjones.com/mary-morse/