Friday, July 19, 2013

Remembering Sara Bernice Moseley

The Austin College community lost a treasured and much-beloved friend with the death of Sara Bernice Moseley, 95, on July 18. Her contributions to the life of the College and the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends she has touched are beyond measure. The community offers heartfelt condolences to her family, including three children, Sara Caroline, John, and Rebecca, and their spouses, plus four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Share your memories and condolences.


  1. I have had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Moseley for nearly 30 years and consider myself very blessed to have shared many conversations with her. She was a gracious lady and a determined advocate for Austin College and its alumni.My thoughts are with her family at this time. Each time I stopped by her home with some College business, she had stories to tell of her family and the "great" grandchildren and great grandchildren being added to their family. What a legacy she leaves behind. She will be greatly missed. Vickie Kirby

  2. A courageous and gracious lady at same time. I will miss her great smile and style.

  3. Truly one-of-a-kind beautiful person that I was privileged to meet as a freshman at AC in 1962. The weekly ride to the Presbyterian church choir practice downtown was something I never missed - it was a chance to be in her presence. This precious lady and her dear husband and three children made a difference in my live for which I am deeply grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

    Rebecca ANN COOPER Gay 1962-1966
    Toronto, ON Canada

  4. What a remarkable lady! Sara Bernice and John D were among the first folks I met when I first arrived at Austin College nearly twenty years ago., and they were tremendously helpful to me in ways both large and small as they were to thousands of others at AC. Hard to calculate the impact she had on the Austin College community over the past sixty years. Her passing truly marks the end of an era.
    Jim Lewis

  5. Sara Bernice was one of the most amazing persons I have ever met. Her eloquence and indeed elegance is one of legend. And yet, what I remember most about her is her caring and giving heart. I had the privilege to go to church with Sara Bernice, sing in the choir with her, and work with her on several projects. When I worked for Austin College, my two daughters were very young. Their greatest association and fondest memories with Austin College were those of Sara Bernice and Kate McCord. The Gibson family celebrates her life with so many others today. She was truly a blessing!

    John '89, Stacey (Nutt) '89, Trilby, and Audrey Gibson

  6. When I told my parents about my new job at Austin College, my mother, Jane Parker Huber, was immediately positive because of her friend, Sara Bernice, who served with her on the GAMC at that year of the reunion of Presbyterians, north and south. I was delighted to have the Moseleys as neighbors for 25 years in the College Park edition and wondered why more of my colleagues didn't share our enthusiasm for walking to work and such close access to the campus and all its activities. Sara Bernice was always my hero from 1983 onward.
    Janet Huber Lowry, Associate Professor of Sociology, retired

  7. Sarah Bernice Moseley made everyone's spirit more whole and uplifted just by being in her presence. She was a lovely woman-- highly intelligent, compassionate, and giving. Although I came to Austin College 25 years ago from the North, she personified a Southern Lady in the very best sense of the word. I will miss her smile that could light up any room and her wisdom that could win over any heart.
    With sympathy to her family, who so generously shared Sarah Bernice with us for many years.
    R. Platizky

  8. Thomas W. NuckolsJuly 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Sarah Bernice radiated love and service. She had a gentle spirit that made anyone in her presence feel welcomed. A group of us donated a tree with a plaque honoring John D. and Sarah Bernice which was planted about a month ago. We made a photo and, yes, there was that wonderful beaming smile.

  9. I remember Mrs. Moseley and her husband with affection for the kindness and hospitality they both graciously rendered to so many of us over the years. God bless them both.

    Richard C. Wood, Executive Director of Libraries, TTUHSC