Mary Elizabeth Moore Escola was my seventh grade teacher at Margaret Keating School in Klamath, California. Born May 28, 1948, in Portland Oregon, she passed away peacefully at her home August 23, 2006, in Chico, at the age of 58.
Our class as whole was not kind to the first-year teacher as we did several things to make her life miserable. The worst was flooding or classroom, for which I eventually found myself expelled from the district and having to go to St. Joe’s Catholic School, in Crescent City.
To this day, I still feel ashamed of myself for the way I behaved as she showed nothing but kindness to me.
Prior to the ‘flooding incident,’ I remember how Miss Moore, as we knew her then, came into the classroom obviously brimming over with excitement. It was that morning that she announced that our fifth grade teacher, Don Escola had proposed to her.
She didn’t return to MKS after that year. Instead, Mary decided to remain home on Azalea Drive and raise her children, Michael and Douglas, jus’ up the street from where I grew up.