Family, friends and colleagues gathered Thursday to remember and honor a Seymour ISD teacher who impacted a generation of lives.
After serving the people of Seymour ISD for more than 25 years, Lisa Gray lost her six month battle with cancer on Jan. 13.
It was a day of remembrance at First Baptist Church in Seymour as people who knew 2nd-grade teacher Lisa Gray came to the church to honor the one they lost. Kenda Gilbreath is the elementary school principal and she said it was difficult to find out the news that she had lost not only a colleague but a friend but she’s proud of how the school has pulled together to support Gray’s family.
“It’s been a hard fall. She’s been battling since this summer and I’ve been really proud of our campus and how they’ve pulled together around Lisa and took care of her family through these tough times. That was an odd thing because usually, it was Lisa that was taking care of everybody else,” Gilbreath said.
For those who knew Gray the best, she was a person who cared a lot about the kids she taught and that’s why Gilbreath believes Gray will have a lasting impact on those kids.
“She’s taught generations in this community and I think the outpouring of people that are here, shows the impact that’s she’s had. Most of them have very very fond memories and detailed memories of being in her classroom which shows what a special time they had in there,” Gilbreath said.
Superintendent John Anderson said it was an honor to work alongside Gray and her impact went further than just the students.
“If there was one example she left our staff and this community is to be a selfless leader. She wasn’t worried about herself. She was a servant to others and she was the definition of a servant’s heart,” Anderson said.
It’s because of that servant’s heart, her legacy will live on.
Gray is survived by her husband of more than 20 years and their two sons. Anderson said to honor Gray’s legacy they are going to put others first just as she always did. The family suggests memorials be made to the round timber cemetery association.