Dateline: January 9, 2003
McGowan Daugherty died December 14, 2002, in Chula Vista, California.
Memorial Services were held in Chula Vista on December 19, 2002, with
Reverend Harold Elliot officiating. She taught him in the first grade in
Clarendon, and he is now Chaplain of the Arlington Police Department.
McGowan Daugherty was born September 10, 1919, in Clarendon. She grew up
here and attended the local schools from Kindergarten through Clarendon
Junior College (as it was known at that time). She graduated from high
school at age 16; received a BA degree at West Texas State in Canyon,
Texas, at age 20. Her teaching career began that fall.
two years teaching at Tell Independent School District in Childress
County, she returned to her hometown due to her mother’s ill health.
There she taught first grade in the same room where she was once a first
became victim of chronic hayfever, sinus, and allergy problems. The doctor
said, “There is no available serum that will help you. The only solution
is for you to move to another climate. I suggest you go to Prescott,
Arizona, for relief. Stay one year, come back, and let me check you.”
lived there three years; two she taught in the local school system. Later
she moved to Phoenix and taught in the Creighton District. She taught
during the day and attended night classes and Summer school to receive an
MA degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in Tempe.
interesting thing took place while she lived in “The Valley of the
Sun;” She met and married her beloved husband, Emmett Daugherty. They
continued the westward movement to Chula Vista, California. Fannie taught
there until her retirement. This concluded her public school teaching
career (and substituting) in three states for thirty years. Once a
teacher, always a teacher, so after retirement, she continued to tutor
Japanese students in English as a second language, plus American students
in her home.
life-long desire to travel led her to 49 states, 51 countries, and 6
continents. She kept a journal of her travel, and spent endless hours to
record numerous experiences in many albums and scrapbooks.
preceded her in death in 1983. They both donated their bodies to medical
research. There is a memorial marker for Emmett and one for Fannie in the
McGowan family plot in the Citizens’ Cemetery in Clarendon.
is survived by one brother, C.A. Wright of Clarendon; one sister, LaVerne
Greene of Palestine, TX; and nine nieces and nephews.
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