McMurry University honors Sally Treat McKay with Cross and Flame Award

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:10 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Sally Treat McKay has been chosen as the 2014 New Mexico Annual Conference recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award.  She will be recognized at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service on September 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Roswell, N.M.
Established in 2000 by the McMurry Alumni Association, this award is given to strengthen the relationship between McMurry University and the United Methodist Church by recognizing individuals for service to their churches and to the University.
McKay is a very active member and choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church, which she began attending with her parents when she was seven years old.  She has been the McMurry representative for the church for more than twelve years.  She is careful to keep McMurry in the minds and hearts of the congregation by mentioning the school frequently in worship, bulletins, and newsletters.  Her parents, Mary Edythe and Elmer "Tug" Treat, were ranchers in the area and both were very active in the church.  Her brother, Joe, and his wife, Nancy, live in Santa Fe.  She learned her love of church and service from her parents.  Her mother was active in the WSCS (Women's Society of Christian Service), and was so active that her brother once asked her mother, "When were 'we' president of WSCS?"

She has been married to Ron McKay for 38 years and they have one daughter, Amanda McKay Rimer ’03.  Amanda graduated from McMurry University with an education degree and is beginning her 11th year of teaching near Houston, Texas.

McKay obtained her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Mexico.  She retired in 2008 after 37 years of teaching, mostly kindergarten and music.  She still substitutes because, as she says, she "just can't stay away from those kids!"  One child she is completely attached to is her granddaughter Haydyn, who is a first grader this year.

McKay has long been interested and supported McMurry University through the church but became committed to the University when Amanda chose it for her college education. Sally and Amanda visited several colleges, but when they first arrived at McMurry, Amanda stepped out of the car and said, "This is the school I’m supposed to attend."  Amanda was right. Not only did McMurry give her a great education for a teaching career, but it was there she met her husband, Apollo.

McKay's service to her church home has remained one of commitment.  She has been choir director for the past 17 years, has continued to be the representative for McMurry and Sacramento Methodist Assembly, and has been Lay Leader for her church for the past seven years.  She served as a counselor and a dean for many camps at Sacramento Methodist Assembly.  As the McMurry representative, she has enlisted groups from McMurry to visit the church and is hoping that the Chanters can once again visit. Trinity next time they are in southeastern New Mexico.

She is also active in her community by serving on the Family Resource and Referral Board and as a member of the National Assistance League of Chavez County.

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