Alma Williamson Moreton
Alma Williamson Moreton died peacefully at her home Wednesdayevening, June 16, 2010, in her 88th year. The service will be heldat 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Trinity Terrace, 1600 TexasSt., in Fort Worth, Texas. She will be laid to rest privately nextto her husband, Bob, in the Mausoleum at Greenwood MemorialPark.
In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the FortWorth Symphony Orchestra or to a charity of one’s choice, in hermemory, is suggested.
A native of Eastland, Texas, Alma was born April 6, 1922, thedaughter of Jack and Dixie Connellee Williamson. Mr. Williamsondied in an automobile accident while Alma was a child. A verytalented musician, she and her mother moved to New York City wherethe young violinist became the first Eastland High School graduateto audition and be invited to study at the Julliard School.
After graduating from Julliard, she moved to Temple, Texas, whereshe taught violin and viola. It was while in Temple that Alma wasintroduced to a young doctor, Robert D. Moreton, whom she marriedabout a year later. The Moretons moved to Fort Worth where he andDr. Tom Bond founded the Radiation Center, now MD Anderson MoncriefCancer Center.
Alma became a member of the Cecillian Club, a musical entity of theJunior Woman’s Club, and began performing in quartets and facultyrecitals at Texas Christian University. She was recruited to playin the viola section of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and laterbecame second chair in the first violin section.
Alma and Bob moved to Houston where they lived for 33 years. Dr.Moreton died in 1992. In 1998, Alma returned home to Fort Worth.After more than 50 years of playing violin, Mrs. Moreton retired.She donated her violin to the TCU School of Music, her piano to ahospital in Houston and her viola to the Julliard School.
In addition to her niece, Roberta Moreton Crawford, of Baton Rouge,La., Alma is survived by her nephew, William F. Crawford and hiswife, Anne, of Brookhaven, and their son, Michael; several Moretoncousins and their families, including Charles and Betty Moreton, ofHouston; and caregiver and friend, Anne Whittington Harrison, ofFort Worth.