Margaret Ann Westmoreland was born to Ercel and Letha Hall Westmoreland on Aug. 26, 1938, in Madison County, and passed away at Riverwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Madisonville on Jan. 7, 2016. Ann attended Madisonville schools including high school, where she was a cheerleader, graduating in 1955. As a student at Sam Houston, Ann began a relationship with the university that would last for over four decades. In 1958 she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, one of the few women in her class to obtain that degree. She went on to earn a master’s degree from there as well.
Ann began her employment at Sam Houston State University in the Student Placement Office where she worked with corporate recruiters in their efforts to employ SHSU graduates. She later moved to the Lowman Student Center into the Student Activities Division. She enjoyed mingling with the students, organizing student events, and especially accompanying student organizations to professional meetings. While in this position, she also assisted the Office of the President with special events. Ann then joined the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this capacity she was responsible for keeping the University catalogs current and working with University committees, along with her many other duties. At one time she was responsible for attending meetings of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and disseminating the information gained there back to the campus community. Ann was a walking encyclopedia and a “go-to” person on campus. She also had a wonderful talent with the written word and was an outstanding researcher.
After more than 35 years of service, Ann retired from Sam Houston. Thereafter she enjoyed her free time. She was always a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction. History, especially Texas history, was one of her favorite subjects. She was a Charter Member of the Captain John McAdams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served in that organization for 45 years. She was also a Charter Member of the Rev. John Haynie Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Her family was very important to her and she always looked forward to the occasions when they would get together. She was very fond of writing letters to family members to commemorate special occasions and was a constant source of inspiration and advice to them.
Ann is survived by her only sibling, Elayne Campbell; her niece, Amy Campbell; her nephew, Alan Campbell and his wife, Becky; great nieces Elizabeth, Katherine and Laney Campbell; and great-nephew Tom Campbell.
A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at the North Madison Church of Christ in Madisonville on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation with the family will be at 10 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.
Day Funeral Home is handling arrangements.