I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Casey. As a close friend to Fara over the years, I was lucky to experience Ms. Casey as a loving mother and wife to Mack. While she never taught me, it was known by all, she was well-liked by her students and parents, a beacon of light in our community while teaching Gainesville's young people. Ms. Casey carpooled Fara and I to First Baptist Church for Brownies, GAs, VBS, and other events. I'll never forgot her quiet humility. Looking back, I remember riding in her new Golden Sands Studebaker Lark, with plastic seat covers. Fara and I often giggled and laughed while we rode together. I remember pressing down the plastic bubbles in the back seat cover. Drawn like a magnet to their gentle demeanor, the Casey family was a soft-spoken family, so I loved to make them smile. Years later, while working as a real estate agent, I admired Ms. Casey's transition to real estate upon her retirement from teaching. Though not at all surprised, her teaching background prepared her to be organized, detailed, and she served with a charitable heart. Other REALTORS® called her by her first name, Leah. I tried, but it never quite seemed to stick. First, and foremost, shed always be Fara's Mom, so when combined with a lifetime of admiration and professional respect, I addressed her as "Ms. Casey. I would run into her and Mack most Sundays after church at the Chinese Buffet on NW 13th Street. Sometimes I'd sit with them, if I didn't have children with me. I thanked them for their kindness shown when I was young. Modest and humble, they were slow to receive praise. Last year, I called their old phone number to tell her Mike Chasteen has written a beautiful song about Fara. She answered. She told me Mack had passed away, and that she now resided at Rose Court in The Village. I prayed for her during COVID-19, wondering how she was doing. I send my love and healing prayers to Marcia, Wayne, and family.
Pattie Webb Glenn