Saturday, May 7, 2016 – The Still Magnolias
Facebook Post to Magnolia High School Friends Group
May 6, 2016
Did you graduate from Magnolia High School (MHS) in Magnolia, Texas? Did someone from Magnolia make a difference in your life growing up there? Would you like to remember and/or honor that person and make a difference in the lives of MHS students today?
If so, please join The Still Magnolias on our journey. By virtue of your graduation from MHS you are now a Still Magnolia.
Magnolia, Texas – 1960 (ish) Photo by Howard (Uncle Dave) Davenport. From the collection of Howard Davenport, Jr.
Several months ago a group of Magnolia High School graduates from various years had lunch. After many conversations of “Remember when… and “What happened to so and so?” the conversations and lunch ended with “Wouldn’t it be nice if we did something for Magnolia High School?” And so began the dream and the journey. We called our group – The Still Magnolias.
We then sought the wisdom of The Greatest Still Magnolia of us all – Celeste Graves who always was and is a treasure. With her guidance and with the leadership of Dr. Todd Stephens, Magnolia ISD Superintendent, the Magnolia Education Foundation (MEF) leaders and Guidance and Career Counselors at Magnolia High School we did it! We started something nice for Magnolia High School. We call our project – The Molly Memorial and Scholarship Fund.
Molly was selected as the name in memory of Molly Harper Fowler from the MHS Class of 1967. There was a Molly in everyone’s class and heart. She represents the classmate we forgot about until it was too late. Rather than focus on what we could or should have done, we chose to focus on what we can do now.
The purpose of The Molly Memorial and Scholarship Fund is to remember and honor those who influenced us while growing up in Magnolia. These were and are our loved ones, our teachers, our mentors and our friends. In their memory and honor we can pay it forward and assist students of Magnolia High School today and tomorrow.
We ask all Still Magnolias to help us grow this project and double our goals for next year. No amount is too small. Amounts donated will be not made public, but a listing of Memorials and Honors is under development.
The Still Magnolias would like to send special love and thank you to three Still Magnolias from the classes of 1954, 1966, and 1967. Their generous donations funded the two $500 Still Magnolia Scholarships to be awarded to two MHS graduating Seniors on May 19, 2016.
Special love and thank you to the Still Magnolias from other classes whose donations provided over $1000 to Magnolia High School for the beginning of next school year.
When submitting a donation, people may state how they want their donation to be listed. We thought you might like to see a few of the memory and honor submissions so far.
In Memory and Honor Of
Anonymous – in memory and in honor of all my high school coaches – Dean Shaver, Roland Jones, Roy “Bo” Jackson, and Gayle McGinty
Anonymous – in memory and honor of all the military heroes from MHS with special memories of and honors to the Vietnam Vets
Barbara Bingle Hawkins – in honor of my teacher, mentor and friend – Celeste Graves
Becky Lott Rao – in memory of my parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Lott
Celeste Graves – in memory of my friends Don and Joyce Jeter, Lucille Horace and Esther Semora Seber
Deann B. Alger – in honor of my parents, Don A. Buckalew (MHS Class of 1952) and Dale Duffey Crane (MHS Class of 1954)
Delia Duffey – in memory of my classmates and friends – Molly Harper Fowler and Ira (Sonny) Calvert; in honor of my two great English and literature teachers – Wanda G. Traugh and Marge Burnside
Jenette Wade Alford – in memory of my parents, Leslie (L.P.) and Virgie Wade and in loving memory of my dear sister, Ella Wade Robertson (MHS 1954)
Joyce Fleming Powers – in memory of my husband, Ken Powers and my cousin, Bobby Carraway
Karen Rickett – in memory of my classmate and friend, John Paul Warren
Naomi Dennis Peacock Ross – in honor of my mentor, friend and BFF, Celeste Graves
Odessa Horace Ross – in memory of my Mother, Lucille Horace and in honor my family
Sonja Hinton Baker – in memory of W.M. Hinton, Reber M. Hinton, Dayton Wayne Baker, Sr., Dayton Wayne Baker, Jr. and O.B “Jake” Baker
Tommy Glass – in memory of my sister, Marie Ann Glass
Please share on your FB timelines and we hope you can join us on this journey.
The Still Magnolias
If you would like to donate the submission and tax exempt forms are attached. Actually they are not, but if you message me I will get them to you.