From 1957-60, Mrs. Adey was my Spanish teacher for three years and my English teacher for one year at Travis High School. She was a very caring, conscientious and no-nonsense teacher who was admired and respected by everyone I knew. She awakened an interest in Mexico in me that persists more than 50 years later. I have a sense that if all schools were staffed with teachers of Margaret Adey's caliber, this country would have an educational system second to none.
I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Adey as a participant in the Spanish Workshop in Monterrey in 1958 and the extension trip to Mexico, D.F. The classes in history and folk dancing really spoke to me. I went on to get a Ph.D in Mexican History and taught for 45 years. Mrs. Adey had a profound influence on many of us and I send my condolences to the family.
Ellen Howell Myers, San Antonio
Margaret Adey was an incredible language teacher as so many of her students have attested on these pages. I shall never forget the banner above her classroom door at Crockett High School: "Español-La Lengua de los ángeles". Nor will I forget the boy whom I was congratulating on his success at the Austin ISD Foreign Language Festival who told me that he did it "for Mrs. Adey". Plus, what a wonderful honor for our school district to have the author of so many advanced Spanish books in our ranks! She was also a cooperating teacher to so many Spanish student-teachers who went on to becoming wonderful teachers in their own wright. I don't think they make many like Margaret Adey anymore.
Michael G. Hydak, Ph.D.
Instructional Coordinator, Foreign Languages and Journalism, 1982-2009 (retired)
Austin Independent School District
Mrs. Adey was an inspiration in the Crockett High school classroom where she taught me from 1969-1971. She instilled a lifelong passion for the Spanish language and culture that I carry with me through life. Gracias, Sra. Adey.
Mrs. Adey taught more than language. She taught us to value differences in culture, language, history. My grasp of Spanish may have slipped a bit, but not the life lessons she taught.
Jackie Smith Littleton (Travis 58)
Margaret Adey was the consummate professional. I had the great privilege of teaching with her when I was a beginning teacher at William B. Travis H.S. in 1963. She was a great teacher, mentor and role model. What an extraordinary influence she exerted on so many for so long!
I was a librarian at Crockett High School while Margaret Adey was a teacher there. She was a wonderful lady and teacher. Dorothy Matthews Laird
I had the privilege of teaching with Margaret Adey at both Travis and Crockett High Schools. I will always cherish her memory as a colleague, mentor, inspiration and friend. She was truly one of Austin's most outstanding teachers. She and Herb were a beautiful couple. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Mrs. Adey was my Spanish teacher at Crockett High School in the 1970's. She was always a wonderful positive teacher who would never let you get by with anything other than your best work. She would smile sweetly and say "Otra vez, por favor!". What a dear sweet lady! She will be missed by her family and all the students she had over her career as an educator.
My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Margaret Adey. Mrs. Adey was my Spanish teacher at Travis High School in Austin,TX back in the late 1960's. She was one of my favorite teachers and she was "a very special Lady"! She had high expectations of her students and respected us as well! She taught me to do my best and to never stop learning. She was a great Spanish teacher and mentor as well! I just returned home from a trip and was not aware of her passing. My deepest condolences to all of her loved ones!
Good Bye Dearest Mom.
You were my inspiration to become a teacher. Thanks to you and your helpful hints to force me to become a Spanish teacher. I had the privilege to teach in your old class room at Crockett High School, and I also earned your rage....when the old "Language Lab" had to be torn down, because it had become obsolete....Dear Mom, You let me have it!!!!and I could not find words to apologize. Thanks to you, I have a chapter in one of your books. I never told the kids, about the chapter...but very soon, they found out. What a joy to have work with you, (and under you at times). May Our Lord keep you for eve under His Merciful Eyes.
Love you dearly,
Such a sweet angel called to heaven.. She will be missed...
An amazing teacher who expected your best, and you gave it. Wish we had more like her in the schools today!
Gaines and Adey Families,
My heartfelt Condolences to all your families. May Our Lord give you STRENGTH and find PEACE during your time of SORROW.
In the late 70' my ex-husband now deceased,
Raymond C. Torres, Jr. was doing his student teaching under Ms. Adey at Crockett and just LOVED her for her outstanding teaching of him and being his mentor. She produced an outstanding teacher at Martin Jr. High for 13 yrs., Vice-Principal of Lamar, Travis High School and finally Gonzalo Garza Independence High School upon his retirement in 2003.
Keeping your family in my Prayers.
Margaret Ruiz Torres
One of my all-time favorite teachers who fed my passion for learning languages. I always remember the amethyst ring she wore every day. Rest in peace, Sra. Adey, and thank you for teaching me and my best friend, Noemi, in 1982 at Crockett H.S.
I still use what she taught me in 1954.
Mrs. Adey is still my favorite teacher of all time. She was a terrific person as well as a dynamic teacher. May God bless and comfort her family.
Helen Willingham Bass, class of 1957, Travis High School
Mrs. Adey was a powerful voice for foreign language education. She will be missed.
Que descanses en paz, Sra. Adey.
Spanish 1982-1985 Crockett High
My sympathy to the family. Margaret was a delight!
Buenas Noches, Senora Adey! Vaya Con Dios!
A wonderful teacher....always challenged her students! My sympathy to her family.....
Steve Weber, Crockett High School Class of 1975
Mrs. Adey was a great Spanish teacher and a great person. She taught me at Crockett High School in 1976. RIP Mrs. Adey. My condolences to her family.
Mrs. Adey was a master teacher at Crockett High School when I met her. She set a high bar for students and for teachers; I admired her work and enjoyed her beautiful smile. She helped me celebrate my wedding! I'm glad for the years I knew her.
I was blessed to have known Margaret. I am so glad that she enjoyed her time at the Gathering. I have thought of both of you often with great fondness. John Long
I had Ms. Adey for Spanish at Travis High School in 1967. She was an excellent teacher. My condolences to her family.
Five years, Margaret Adey taught me Spanish and as she did so many others influenced me greatly. I too attended the first Spanish Work shop in Monterrey'N.L. and remember it fondly. So many of her former students received the torch from her and went on to become teachers as well. We will miss her. Betty Costley-Oyervides,Woodway, Tx.
I was a student at the Instituto Laurens in Monterrey, NL, Mexico, the first year that Margaret Adey was director of the summer school session. It was a great adventure for us all. Condolences to her family.
Ms Adey was my Spanish teacher in 1962. She was indeed a great teacher. Sending prayers for Mr. Adey & their son. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of her. How wonderful to have had your bride for 70 years! God Bless, Susie Ramos Martinez
Mrs. Adey had a most positive influence in my life as well as many other of her students. I have never forgotten that first trip to Mexico in her beginning summer program. Mrs. Adey will be missed but the memories will not be forgotten, nor the lessons learned.
Condolences to the Adey family. Mrs. Adey was my spanish teacher at Travis HS. May she RIP.
Mrs. Adey was one of the best teachers. She had a passion for her students and for teaching. Her flair and passion were contagious. She will be sorely missed.
Mrs Adey was my favorite teacher. The last time I saw her was in Madrid Spain.
Vaya con Dios, mi profe.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Mrs. Adey was a teacher's teacher and a world class human being. She was my Spanish teacher in high school and a positive influence as well as role model for countless students. She will be forever loved and missed.
Sorry to hear of Mrs. Adey's passing. She was my Spanish teacher in high school, and few teachers had such passion for their subject as she had. She had high expectations of her students, and I admired her love of the language and Hispanic cultures. She taught me so much.