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Patricia Morse McNeely

Obituary for Patricia Morse McNeely

April 2, 1923 - November 24, 2018
Round Rock, Texas | Age 95

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Last Will and Testament of a Poet
by
Patricia Morse-McNeely
1/24/1947

And when I die, lay my body midst the embers
Of Love, and let the flames consume me.
And weep not, mourn not that I am dead…
But rather rejoice that I am free.

For as the flames enclose this vapid shell,
This gilded prison of my very soul,
The door will open, freeing me
To join once more the glorious whole
Of God's creation. Let me go freely
And seize from my dying hand
The torch of Life, lighted at my pyre,
And thru thy grief, strive to understand
That I have not left thee, but remain
Beside thee, ever, my hand in thine;
And mine eyes shall behold thee
When the stars of heaven shine.

Then scatter thou mine ashes
Beneath yonder proud, young tree,
And midst the flowers in thy garden,
For these shall now be me.
And let them fall so gently, dear,
On the blue bosom of the sea,
And mingle with the mists that brush thy cheek…
Then know that I am free.

For I have slipped that which bound me to the earth
And joined the wild, tempestuous, blue sea,
And dance in the sun's bright mirth,
And in the silvery rain, I am free,
Then weep thou not for me, my loves,
When I shall pass away,
But feel my lips in the mists upon thy cheek
And find me in each passing day.

For in the dew-drops I will shine,
And whisper thru each tree;
And in all the beauty of the earth thou'lt find
Me, for at last my soul is free.

PATRICIA MORSE-McNEELY was born on April 2, 1923, to Bleecker Lansing Morse Sr. (decedent of Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph and developer of the Morse Code) and Annie Maud Pillow in Galveston, Texas. She was a fourth generation Texan. In 1835, her great maternal grandfather, William Barton Pillow, and his wife, Sarah Pillow, received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin on the site of what is now Mexia, Texas. She attended and graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, and attended Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. In 1949, she met Chalmers Rankin McNeely, a sailor from Mooresville, NC, in Galveston, Texas. On March 22, 1949, they married and subsequently divorced in 1959. They had four children – David Lansing, Timothy Ann, Patricia Grace and Abigail Rankin – which she raised as a single mother. She returned to college after raising her children and received a B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 and two Master's degrees in Special Education and Counseling (1981) from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Patricia was not only a mother but a writer/poet, family genealogist, counselor and teacher. She began teaching at the age of 50 and taught until she was 77. In her teaching career, she taught in Seguin, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas. In 2000, she retired from teaching and moved to Round Rock where she had family. There she continued to write short stories, children's stories and poems. She also attended school again trying to hone her craft. Many of her poems and some of her short stories have been published in newsletters, small publications, and newspapers. She published one book of poems (The Inconstant Moon) which is in the Library of Congress.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Bleecker and Anna Maude Morse, her brother, Robert (Skip) F. B. Morse and her grandson, Kyle Lansing McNeely. She is survived by her sister, Anna Maude Dodge, her brother, Bleecker L. Morse Jr., her four children – David Lansing McNeely (Janet), Timothy Ann Caldwell (Michael), Patricia Grace Dragon (Jerome), Abigail Rankin McNeely (Kaye) – five grandchildren – Kelly Lauren Ramirez (Sammy), Christopher Miles Caldwell (April), Matthew Edward Chalmers Caldwell (Nicole), Eric Joseph Dragon, Mary Elizabeth Dragon – seven great grandchildren – Rory, Payton, Addyson, Connor, Abigail, Aiden and Reese and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life gathering is planned for the end of March 2019.

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