Barbara Ruth Marshall
October 26, 1921 – December 24, 2018
Barbara Ruth “Bobby” Marshall’s lovely life came to an end on December 24, 2018 at home at the age of 97. She shared joy, kindness and an appreciation of beauty with her family and many friends; our memories of her will always bring warmth to our hearts and smiles to our faces.
She was born October 26, 1921 to Edward Frank and Nellie Faye Brumbaugh Schroeder, descendants of German immigrants, in El Dorado, Kansas. She was and remained the cherished baby of the family, with two older sisters - Lorraine and Evelyn - and an older brother, Duart. At high school in Great Bend, Kansas, Bobby was quite proud of her accomplishments in elocution. More than just a smart student, she was also named Rhorea Queen, Demolay Sweetheart and received other honors based on her good looks and charm.
After attending business school, she worked as a secretary in Great Bend, where she met the gallant lad who became her lover and husband, Jack Marshall. With Jack assigned to Chanute Field, Illinois, during World War II, Bobby moved to Chicago and worked in an office in the stockyards.
Bobby and Jack were married September 19, 1943. Jack’s career in petroleum engineering and the frequent moves it required gave Bobby many opportunities to create comfortable and attractive homes for their family, which came to include son Mike, born in 1949, and daughter Robbie, born in 1953.
A pivotal period in her life was the four years they spent in Tripoli, Libya, where Jack managed Oasis Oil Company. They loved the adventure and challenges of expatriate life, which furthered their abiding interest in travel to new and exciting places.
Upon retirement in 1984, Bobby and Jack built their dream home at Walden on Lake Conroe, where they became an integral part of the community. Golf both at home and on fabulous courses around the world was a big part of their retirement years. Bobby served on various committees in the golf and ladies’ associations and volunteered for several organizations, including the Montgomery County Library.
Having first studied art many years ago, Bobby’s interest in painting truly flourished in her 80s and 90s. Always intrigued by interesting colors and textures, she once again created works of art both representational and abstract, much treasured by the lucky recipients.
Bobby’s flair for esthetically pleasing combinations extended to her taste in clothing, handbags, jewelry and home decoration. Her wardrobe attracted compliments from acquaintances and strangers alike.
Active to the end, Bobby regularly enjoyed happy hour at the Yacht Club, mahjong games, attendance at April Sound Church, yoga class, and virtually any social activity that connected her to other people. Her brilliant smile, genuine sweetness and perky sense of humor were endearing to all who knew her well.
She is survived by son Mike and his wife Laura, daughter Robbie and her partner Henry, along with many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
The memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019, at April Sound Church, 67 1/2 April Wind South, Montgomery, TX, followed by a reception at the Walden Yacht Club, 13101 Melville Drive, Montgomery, TX.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Bat Conservation International, batcon.org, the Montgomery Library, www.folstewart.org, or to the organization of your choice.
The family would especially like to recognize Renea Swanner, Bobby’s longtime companion and co-conspirator, for her love and care throughout their association, and especially during the last few difficult weeks. Thanks also to the relatives, neighbors and friends who provided their support and comfort.
April Sound Church
67 1/2 April Wind South
Barbara Ruth Marshall
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December 30, 2018
Aunt Bobby and I were preparing dinner and I was in charge of making the salad and she watched me cut off the end of a bundle of leaf lettuce and begin to toss it. She put her hand on mine and said,
“Let me show you something.” She pealed away the outer lettuce leaves and revealed the tender center and had me eat it. She said you don’t want to waste the best part and she was right. I often think of Aunt Bobby and remember her kindness and her gentle ways.
Lots of memories I have from hearing about Uncle Jack and Aunt Bobby’s many adventures.
When Ken and I were first married we lived in Washington, DC and visited them in Connecticut. They had returned from Tripoli and had taken with them and then brought back with them a beautiful split leaf plant and gave it to Ken and I. We still have it in the family. We gave it to our son Kenneth Cooper when he bought his home. I still water it and care for it when I visit him and think of the historical travels this plant has had. Mike was there in Connecticut with them and gave us a large brass tray on a stand that he had purchased on one of his trips. Still have that too in the living room.
Rob and Henry came to Montana a few years ago and we had a good visit at the lake before they headed off for a Forest Service Ranger fire look-out camping adventure.
Oh, one more memory of great fun was the reunion at Lake Conroe. Must have been around 1984. It was the best. Uncle Jack rented all kinds of water toys and 4 people at a time could ridethis long inflated tube. It was so fun with Laura and the other family members. For the longest time, when we shared memories of this fabulous vacation-reunion we recalled and referred to Johnny Ailport’s son as “Hit it” because he apparently took the lead in letting the boat driver know when to step on the gas.
At the beach Cooper was maybe 3 or 4 and he ran up to me yelling and we stripped him down there on the beach. We all learned about red ants that day. Miss Bobby and Jack