Dr. Leslie Murray Evans Worsham (born August 14, 1940) died February 21, 2022. She lived knowing she was loved and cherished by her family, loving and cherishing them in return.
Murray was born and grew up in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from Alamo Heights High School in 1958. She earned a BA from Trinity University and married John W. Worsham, Jr., in June, 1962. She taught school for 7 years, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Lubbock, Texas, and the Brick Church School in Manhattan, New York. She had a son, John W. Worsham, III, in 1969 in Lubbock, returning to live in Olmos Park in 1971. After a divorce in 1978, Murray and her son moved to Austin, where she worked on her Ph.D. in school psychology at UT Austin. While there she also worked at the R & D Center for Teacher Education, and as a result of research in which she participated, she became co-author of two books on classroom management—one for elementary and one for secondary grades. These books went through numerous editions through the years and were published in several different countries and languages.
Returning to San Antonio, she completed her Ph.D. and ultimately became a licensed psychologist. She began working in the North East ISD in the special education department in 1982. She was made Chief Psychologist in NEISD in 1985.
She cared deeply about the children and teachers, and, seeing the need for additional support for students with severe emotional disturbances, she initiated a program of individual and group counseling. At the time, she provided support groups for teachers of self-contained classrooms of these students, as well as for staff members engaged in the counseling. In 1994 she became Director of Psychological Services; she retired after 20 years in NEISD.
During her years in NEISD she also volunteered at the Bexar County Women’s Center, serving as co-therapist with Rosemary Stauber, then Executive Director, for a weekly evening group; doing individual therapy, and doing monthly informal advisory groups with students of social work training at BCWC. She had a part time private practice several evenings a week for a number of years. When she retired from the school district in 2002, she began working part time for Evergreen Elder Care, doing therapy and supervision for master level therapists in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She continued this work with Transitions Elder Care when the former company closed, working until August, 2017.
She enjoyed her retirement—she did some traveling, she loved reading and discussing fiction, became determinedly good about exercising, enjoyed spending time with her friends, was active in two book clubs and attended the renowned fiction classes conducted by Dr. Coleen Grissom.
She enjoyed the NY Times crosswords and loved off-the-wall cartoons and humor—in her office in NEISD she always had The Far Side calendar on her desk and a bulletin board dedicated to The New Yorker cartoons. Above all, she savored time with family—which included her beloved Yorkie, Clara, and later, Leila. She especially relished telling her grandchildren about “the old days” of her childhood, their dad’s childhood exploits (“baby daddy stories”), the Beagle, Penelope, her own adventures as a teacher, and whatever else they requested.
She was preceded in death by her father, H. Leslie Evans, mother, Keith B. Evans, and younger brother, William H. Evans. She is survived by her son, John W. Worsham III, his wife Jennifer Barnes-Worsham and her grandchildren Louella and Ira; niece Marlo Evans Wendell, her husband Heath Wendell and children Sofia and Lukas; niece Elizabeth Evans Garrett, her husband Clayton Garrett and their children Olin and Eleanor; and sister-in-law Constance Smith Evans.
A memorial service will be held on March 27, 2022 at 3 P.M. at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 518 Pike Place, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood or the charity of your choice.
Published by Express-News on Mar. 20, 2022.