Family dedicates scholarship alongside milestone anniversary

September 2, 2014

PLAINVIEW – The extended family of Lloyd and Betty Morton gathered in their Plainview home over the Labor Day weekend to celebrate a milestone in their union. The Mortons will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 12, 2014, and children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends were present to help mark the special occasion.

The Morton family also took advantage of the special celebration to dedicate a newly endowed scholarship for Wayland Baptist University students in a brief ceremony in their home on Sunday. The Lloyd and Betty Morton Endowed Scholarship will provide assistance for music majors and minors as well as members of the Wayland golf team, reflecting the interests of the couple.

“Grandchildren, this is a great legacy your grandparents are leaving for you at Wayland,” said Hope English, Director of Donor Relations and coordinator of Wayland’s scholarship program, at the ceremony. “We are so honored that you would choose to bless Wayland students in this way.”

Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes was present to thank the family and unveil the bronze plaque that will hang in McClung Center to mark the scholarship. He presented the Mortons with a shadowbox that commemorates the scholarship as well.

A native of Graham and graduate of Texas A&M, Morton married the former Betty Heath, an Eastland native and graduate of John Peter Smith School of Nursing, on Sept. 12, 1954, in Graham. They lived in Plainview from 1964-68 while Lloyd, a professional engineer, worked with Gifford-Hill Western Pipe Company. After a few years in Kansas, the Mortons returned to Plainview and established Morton Irrigation as a partnership between Lloyd and his son, Lloyd D, now of DeLeon. They have remained in Plainview since that time, where Betty served as a nurse at Wayland for 12 years.

An avid musician, Betty also studied music with Mark Pair and Dr. Al Travis and was organist at First Baptist Church for 34 years. She is a member of the Musical Arts Club and Gamma Delphin Study Club. She serves on the Baptist Community Service Board and the High Plains Foundation Board of Amarillo.

Morton served as a deacon, taught youth Sunday school at First Baptist Church for more than 30 years, and was a Rotarian.
Besides Lloyd, Jr., the couple has two daughters: Martha Robison of Towson, Md., and Laurie Knox of Taos, N.M. They have eight grandchildren and twin great-grandchildren. Martha worked in Advancement at Wayland and now at Goucher College, while Laurie worked in development for Texas Tech and Buckner International.

Endowed scholarships at Wayland are started with gifts of any amount and are invested. Once the fund reaches $25,000, it becomes fully endowed and interest is pulled annually to provide scholarship funds for students in need. The main principle of the fund is never touched and remains in place for perpetuity. For information on scholarships at Wayland, contact Hope English at (806) 291-3430.