Myra Thompson led the Bible study on June 17

Myra Thompson was a retired public school teacher and guidance counselor who led the Bible study on June 17, 2015. She was working toward ordination and was re-licensed to preach in the AME Church the night Roof killed her. (Provided)

A devout Christian with a passion for underprivileged children, Myra Thompson began her adult life as a teen mother who went on to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. She devoted her career to working as an English teacher and guidance counselor in local public schools.

Thompson, 59, led the Bible study on June 17, 2015 for the first time after weeks of preparation. She was re-licensed to preach just hours before a gunman killed her.

An immaculate task master, she served as head of Emanuel AME Church's trustee board. The mother of two adult children, Kevin Singleton and Denise Quarles, she was working toward becoming an ordained minister and gave her first sermon at Emanuel during the Christmas season before she died.

She was married to the Rev. Anthony Thompson, rector of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church on Bull Street. He remembered the night she died, how she left the house so excited to teach the Parable of the Sower, a story about God casting seeds of faith onto the fertile soils of people like his late wife.

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