- Memorial Service
- 1:00pm - Saturday, October 24, 2015
Condolences to the family, I am very sorry for your loss. The scriptures encourage us to call upon the name of God (Psalms 83:18) for the comfort we need in times like these.
—Abigail Cowell, Houston, TX
Shirley Elaine Newman Felcman, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2015 after battling heart and lung disease for several years. She entered this world on Nov. 16, 1927 in El Paso, TX, the only child of Charlotte Lane “Lottie” Powell and William Hoyt “Jack” Newman.
She grew up in San Antonio, graduated from Brackenridge High School, and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from San Antonio Junior College. Shirley was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, May 30, 1949. A proud Longhorn, she was a Life Member of the Texas Ex-Students Association. Shortly after graduation from UT, Shirley joined the American Association of University Women, of which she was a member for over 50 years.
Reared in the Methodist faith, she and her parents were long-time members of McKinley Avenue Methodist Church in San Antonio. She was active in Methodist Youth Fellowship, was Editor of Sou’wester (newspaper); a member of Order of the Rainbow for Girls advancing to the leadership role of Worthy Advisor. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. Her final Methodist home was here in Houston at Memorial Drive UMC.
Shirley was born to be an Educator. She began her teaching career in San Antonio after graduation from UT, and retired in Houston, over 30 years later. Her primary field was English, but she also taught Spanish, Journalism (Newspaper) and Creative Writing (Literary Magazine). She was proud to have helped open both Sharpstown Junior/Senior High School and later, Paul Revere Middle School.
Shirley received several awards during her teaching career. Most notably, she received IMPACT grants from Houston ISD: Creative Ideas in the Classroom in 1983, 1984, and 1985 which she invested in the production of Paul Revere Middle School’s literary magazine each year; Teacher of the Year at Paul Revere Middle School, 1983; Delta Kappa Gamma’s Chapter Achievement Award; and her most cherished award, Delta Kappa Gamma’s Golden Rose Award in 2002.
Shirley is survived by her three children, Kathleen “Kathy” Barkley, Frank Felcman, Jr. and wife Kathy, and Leah Linney. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Charlotte Felcman Whitaker and husband Bob, Kimberly Felcman, and by great granddaughter Emma Katherine Whitaker.
Memorial service to be held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment is planned for Monday, November 16, 2015 at Roselawn Cemetery (San Fernando #3) in San Antonio, TX.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Delta Kappa Gamma’s Eta Delta Scholarship Fund, 6158 Doliver Dr., Houston, TX 77057, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 78851, Phoenix, AZ 85062, 1-800-242-8721 www.heart.org.