Friday 26 May 2017

Crying choir sing final song for cancer teacher moments before her death

Students from the Alvin Junior High School in Austin, Texas, sang Oceans on the doorstep of their much-loved choirmaster Mariana Walker.
Students from the Alvin Junior High School in Austin, Texas, sang Oceans on the doorstep of their much-loved choirmaster Mariana Walker.

Mark Molloy

A school choir sang a heartfelt final goodbye to their dying teacher moments before she passed away.

Students from the Alvin Junior High School in Austin, Texas, sang Oceans on the doorstep of their much-loved choirmaster Mariana Walker.

The clip was uploaded by Lisa Howell on Facebook and shared by teacher Travis Bottoms, who wrote: "Mariana and I were lucky to have taught such amazing students who care so much about each other.

"Through their heartaches and tears they sent her to heaven with song. There is no doubt that she is so proud of them."

Mrs Walker, who had served the Alvin Independent School District (Alvin ISD) for 19 years, died minutes after they performed the song.

"(Her family) opened the doors so she could hear them sing," Cindi Lee Cooper-Fields, who also recorded footage of the performance, told ABC 13 KTRK.

"It was one of the most beautiful gestures I have ever seen. Friends from all ages got together and sang like angels in hopes of her feeling our love and respect we all have for her."

She added: "The family walked back in the house and within a few minutes she took her last breath.

"Knowing Mrs Walker, you knew she wasn't going to leave us until the show was over."

Alvin ISD said in a statement: “Ms Walker touched an incredible number of lives through the care she showed for others.

“She served AISD for 19 years, 16 of those were spent caring for our Alvin Jr. High students, who will miss her daily.”

Last month, this student left his teacher speechless with a gift he had wanted since childhood. 

Meanwhile, another teacher was moved to tears by a kind-hearted stranger’s amazing act.

Telegraph.co.uk

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