In Memory of
Marilyn “Gay” Hohon Morgan

Marilyn “Gay” Hohon Morgan passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 at the age of 84.  Gay was born on May 21, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas to George William Hohon and Hazel Wright Hohon.  She attended Smith Elementary School, Poe Jr. High School, and Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. She also spent her sophomore year of high school at a boarding school at the Chateroux Air Base in France where her step father was stationed for a year.


She married the love of her life, Emmett Houston Morgan, who she met as a 7th grader at Poe Jr. High.  They wed in a small ceremony at her parents’ home in San Antonio on January 16, 1958.  After they married, they moved to Boston where Emmett was stationed with the US Coast Guard.


When his time with the Coast Guard had ended, the couple moved back to San Antonio where he was hired by Western Electric.  The birth of their 3 girls, Sally Elizabeth, Jill Yvonne, and Jane Allison, soon followed and their family was complete.


In 1967, after reading an ad for hill country land, they purchased a lot in Bulverde, Texas, even though Gay had let it be made known that she would “NEVER” move out that far into the country!  They built their home in the subdivision of Bulverde Hills which was the first subdivision in Bulverde.  The Morgan house was the fourth house built in that subdivision.  


Bulverde, Texas, played a huge role in Gay’s life from that moment on.  It was in Bulverde, in that house on Bulverde Hills Dr. where Emmett died of a massive heart attack on October 31, 1975, at just 36 years old. 


Just 2 months prior to his death, Gay had been hired as the Principal’s Secretary at Bulverde Middle School. The job ended up being a lifeline for Gay and her girls as it provided an income, health insurance, and amazing friendships and support for the now single mom of 3 young girls. She worked there for 21 years until her retirement in June 1996.


The house on Bulverde Hills Dr. was also the site of the first meeting to start a Baptist Church in the community.  That meeting, which Emmett and Gay hosted at their home on July 13, 1973, was the first official meeting of what would become Bulverde Baptist Church.  Gay spent many years involved in BBC.  Whether she was teaching Sunday School, vacation bible school, singing in the choir, or volunteering for one of the many ministries she was involved in, Bulverde Baptist Church played an integral part in Gay’s life.  Emmett’s death and raising 3 young daughters by herself was difficult, but her church family was there to minister to her and help her over her many years as a member.


Although Gay never really wanted, initially, to move to Bulverde, the Lord lead her to a place that would be foundational for herself and her girls.  Gay would often say that God provided for her all of those years, and a huge part of that provision included Bulverde and all the many wonderful people who lived there.


Bulverde was also the home of many family gatherings.  Gay had 8 grandchildren who she loved dearly.  They would often spend summer days at Grammy’s house, a place they loved because it was so close to so many cool things to do.  Floating the Guadalupe or San Marcos rivers, tubing in New Braunfels, going to the zoo, Fiesta Texas, and Seaworld, or just chilling out at the house in Bulverde, were all on the agenda.  Many Thanksgivings and Christmases were spent there too, with all 8 grandchildren running around in the backyard. The memories of their time at Grammy’s house in Bulverde are priceless.


Once Gay’s memory began to decline, and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she moved to Houston to be near 2 of her daughters, Jill and Jane, and lived in a Memory Care facility there until her passing.


Although her memory was failing, one thing that never changed about Gay was her cheerful disposition and her sense of humor.  She was laughing and smiling until the day she died.  


She was a blessing to so many and her life has touched more people than she will ever know.  Gay, beloved Mom and Grammy, will be so very missed, but will be forever in our hearts.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Houston Morgan; her sister, Annette Marie Hanley; and her sons-in-law, Robert Shane Garza and Daniel Martin Moynihan. 


She is survived by her daughters Sally Morgan Petermann (husband Thomas), Jill Morgan Moynihan, and Jane Morgan Garza; her grandchildren William Thomas Petermann (wife Janna), Evan Daniel Moynihan, Grant Patrick Garza, Morgan Robert Petermann (wife Brynn), David Houston Moynihan, Allison Grace Garza, Andrew Robert Garza, and Ryan Morgan Moynihan; and as of a few weeks ago, her only great-grandchild, Blakely Rae Petermann.


Before Gay began her decline into Alzheimer’s disease, she wrote a memoir of her life, which she had bound and gave to her daughters. She ended it with these words and this Bible verse:


“I have no idea what lies ahead for me, but I do know that God is faithful.  He is holding me in His hands and nothing can touch me but that which He, in His wisdom, allows.”


“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;

You have made my lot secure,

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

Surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

Psalm 16:5