Polly Faye Clark Moss
Polly Faye Clark Moss, born April 19, 1926, in Iowa Park Texas to Helen Dale and Thomas Marshall Clark,peacefully passed away Saturday, March 24. She attended school in Iowa Park and graduated as a top student and athlete from W.F. George High School in 1943. She was a third generation Horned Frog, attending Texas Christian University where she was active in women’s sports, worked in the university library, which paralleled her love of books, and received her degree in 1946.
After graduating from TCU she taught school and coached tennis in Iowa Park, Bryan, Bay City and Wichita Falls. During the many years she lived and taught in Wichita Falls she earned her Library Science degree at Texas Woman’s University, commuting weekends to Denton. In doing so, her love for books grew as did her desire to ignite that passion within young students, serving for many years as the librarian at Rider High School in Wichita Falls.
While teaching in Bryan she met Jack Walker Moss. They were married at First Christian Church in Iowa Park on July 8, 1950. Theirs became a great adventure of sharing a love for Our Lord, family, travel, and books. They had two sons, William D. Moss of Graford, Texas, and Ron W. Moss of Carrollton, Texas.
In addition to her active professional career as a teacher, coach and librarian, she was active in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ on the local, state and national levels. Spanning seventy decades, she served as Elder multiple times, Sunday School teacher, Christian Women’s Fellowship member and President, and chancel choir member. She was also active as a volunteer during her sons’ schooling, serving as PTA President twice.
Polly was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma professional teachers’ organization and was elected to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was also a member of the Wichita Falls Story League for three decades and served as its President. She served several terms on the Board of Directors of Juliette Fowler Homes in Dallas, Texas, and was still involved in its ministry at the time of her death. She also served as a hospital greeter and volunteer and as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee at Fort Bend Hospital in Missouri City, Texas. Most significant among all her work was that of amazing and loving grandmother, mother and wife.
Polly was a direct descendant of Addison and Randolph Clark, founders of Texas Christian University and represented the Clark family at the dedication of their statues on the TCU campus in 1993. Just this past fall she returned to campus at the invitation of the Chancellor as the guest of honor at a “living history” event. It was an opportunity for the TCU community to have a conversation with the oldest living relative who had personally known the founders of the university. Her recollection of conversations with Uncle Randolph (Clark), in particular, were poignant and show stopping. It was Polly at her most humble and most proud.
She was a member of Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound and remained active until the time of her death. She loved to watch and play sports, playing tennis into her mid-80’s. She regularly attended and watched Texas Rangers baseball, the TCU Frogs in any sport, and Grand Slam Tennis events. Her most cherished sports memories came from attending the Wimbledon Championships in London on three occasions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, two sisters, Fenton Best and Helen Dale Roberts, and her parents. She is survived by two sons, William D. Moss and Ron W. Moss and his wife, Deb; Ashley Clark Daly, granddaughter, and her husband, Craig; two grandsons, John W. Moss and his wife Chelsi and Benjamin T. Moss and his fiancé, Charlotte Gish; and great grandsons, Clark and Luke Daly, and Lincoln Moss.
Hers was a living testimony of graciousness, kindness, humor, integrity, and faith.
Arrangements are being made by Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, Lewisville, Texas. A family greeting and fellowship time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Creekwood Christian Church, 2660 Forest Vista Drive, Flower Mound, Texas. A celebration of Polly’s life is will follow at 11:30. A graveside service and burial will be at 4 PM at Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Memorials can be sent to Juliette Fowler Homes, 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas, 75214 and Creekwood Christian Church, 2660 Forest Vista Drive, Flower Mound, Texas, 75028.