Friends and family of longtime Brady elementary school teacher Barbara Moorman, gathered Saturday at the historic Caf’ at the Depot to honor her with a surprise retirement party. Officially retiring from teaching six weeks ago after 27 1/2 years of service, Moorman was greeted by out of town family and guests who traveled to Brady for the event. Organized by her children Melissa (Missy) Moorman, Shannon Noonan and Warren Moorman, the come and go affair was filled with lighthearted visiting amongst the guests coupled with a digital slide show recounting memories from years gone by. Special guests attending the event included her mother, Earlene Rhodes, of Fort Worth; sister, Beverly Tye, of Arlington; uncle and aunt Glen and Ann Biggs of San Antonio; stepfather Jon Rhodes of Fort Worth; in-laws Grady and Martha Moorman of San Angelo; Veronica and Larissa Murray and numerous friends from across the state. As an aspiring art enthusiast, Mrs. Moorman was presented with a monetary donation contributed by friends and guests that will pay for a one-week art class in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The entire weekend was a complete surprise and was better than I ever could have imagined,” said Mrs. Moorman. “I told my husband that I didn’t want any parties, but what I failed to do was tell my children the same thing.” Mrs. Moorman noted that she is getting used to the feeling of being retired and she has plans to rest and relax and spend time painting and gardening.