OBITUARY

Richard "Marvin" Womack

January 21, 1936September 19, 2020

Richard “Marvin” Womack, born January 21 1936, died peacefully with his wife of 63 years at his side on September 19, 2020. He was born in New Orleans, the second son of David Ray Womack Sr. and Amoret Gates Womack. He is predeceased by his older brother, David Ray Womack, Jr., also of Austin, Texas.

In 1950, the Womack family moved to Austin, where Marvin graduated from Austin High in 1953. He attended the University of Texas, studying Aeronautical Engineering, graduating in 1957 with multiple honors. While a senior, he met Eva Robuck on a blind date. They were married June 8, 1957. While he was working on his MBA at UT, they had their first son Ray Carleton in April 1958 (deceased October 1968.) After his MBA graduation, the family moved to Dallas, where he began a 35 year career with Procter and Gamble (P&G); twenty five of those years in Cincinnati, two in St. Louis, and the final five years were in Washington DC. A second son was born while they were still in Dallas, Michael Scott in February 1960, and then a daughter, Deanna Lynn in Cincinnati, May 1963. Marvin rose to the level of Vice President for P&G, ultimately heading up the divisions of Manufacturing, Engineering, Purchasing and Quality Control, respectively, before taking over the company’s government relations office in Washington. Throughout this time, he was active at the national level with Junior Achievement. He retired in 1995, and he and Eva came home to Austin. He later served on the Board of Austin’s Long Center and Symphony Orchestra, with his other affiliations including the English Speaking Union, Tuesday Club, and Headliners Club.

He and Eva traveled to all seven continents, and summers were spent in Estes Park, Colorado, where friends and family enjoyed visiting with them. Happily, even with the restrictive changes brought on by Covid, they were able to spend this last summer in Colorado, where they hosted a full slate of family visits with children (Michael and his wife Noreen, Deanna and her husband Mark,) grandchildren (Ray, Peter and Ella,) along with nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held later, but a virtual memorial is planned for 2 pm (Central Time) on Sunday, October 18, 2020. The link for streaming this service is: gsaustin.org/special-services-and-presentations.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the

Hillside Early Childhood Center (http://gsaustin.org/ministries/hillside)

Austin Symphony Orchestra (https://my.austinsymphony.org/donate/i/commemorativegiving)

or Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (http://gsaustin.org/)

Services

  • Virtual Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Jeani & Col. John W Smith, III

October 19, 2020

Eva, we were blessed that you thought to stream Marvin's memorial service. We envisioned Marvin looking down and thanking you for such love, graciousness, beauty and thoughtfulness. We will miss him so much, not so much because we spent so alot of time with you and Marvin but because we always knew he was 'just around the corner'.
You are in our hearts.
Jeani and John

Betty and Loren Kahle

October 18, 2020

We send our sympathy and love to this wonderful family whom we enjoyed knowing when we lived in Austin. Now that we are living in Boise, Idaho we hope we will continue to keep our ties alive.

Mary Ellen Poole

October 18, 2020

Dearest Eva, I will miss his twinkle. Consider this a wholly inadequate but sincerely offered hug for you and your family. Love to you, Mary Ellen

Diane and Hudson Ingram

October 18, 2020

In Loving memory of the times and events we have shared

Anthony orroa

October 18, 2020

To Eva, children and grand children,
In this time of sadness as we grieve the passing of a great man, we want to offer our heartfelt prayers for you that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ will hold you up in the months ahead. We continue to pray for the peaceful repose of Marvin’s soul knowing that he is in God’s hand now.
Jeanine and Anthony Corroa

Jeani & John Col Smith, III

October 16, 2020

Eva and family, We will miss seeing Marvin at concerts and Board meetings. His smile was always warm and his dry humor always appreciated. He never failed to stop and talk - that was especially thoughtful when John could no longer table hop to visit with everyone. Thank you for sharing this wonderful person with us - knowing Marvin enriched our lives.

jim whorton

October 14, 2020

What a beautiful man. Gracious, unassuming yet very successful in
life. Jim and Terry agree that Marvin, each moment we shared showed the person that reflects God's love for all of us.
Thank you Marvin for the moments we had and give Eve the knowledge she is loved by SOO many people and we are there for her.
Blessings
Jim an Terry Whorton

Paula Kothmann

October 12, 2020

The last time I saw Marvin he wore his King Brio crown and cape. He is certainly a king to many of us. His wit and charm conquered all. He was especially chivalrous to his queen Eva, and his royal spirit lives on in Austin, especially in our art world. Godspeed, Marvin!

Jeannine Miller

October 4, 2020

Eva – John and I were so sorry to hear of Marvin’s demise. We enjoyed the time our paths crossed, and recognized he was a special fellow-interesting, thoughtful, and friendly/good-humored. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time, and we pray that you will be comforted by the love of God, family and friends, and your many memories of Marvin. Warmly and with deepest sympathy, Jeannine (Miller)

Pete and Alice Rose

September 29, 2020

Marvin and Pete were high-school classmates (Austin High School, Class of 1953), also UT classmates (Class of 1957), following which life directed us in different pathways around (and around!) this rotating celestial orb. But we resumed our lifelong friendship when Marvin and Eva returned to Austin upon retirement, and we enjoyed many years of convivial friendship and good times together, usually in company with our classmate, Mike Roche and his bride, Gayle. All in all, a happy half-dozen! We mourn Marvin's departure, but we also celebrate the gift of his friendship and life. Hugs to all the Womack Family. LOYAL FOREVER! Pete and Alice Rose

FROM THE FAMILY

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