Margaret Barker Cruse

April 27, 1940June 1, 2021

Margaret Barker Cruse “Margie”

Margie Cruse joined our Heavenly Father on June 1st, 2021, with her family by her side, after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Margie was born on April 27th, 1940. in Little Rock. Arkansas, to Boyd and Margaret Barker. She attended Holy Souls Grade School and Mount Saint Mary Academy for young women. A leader in every aspect, including academics, she received a scholarship to the University of Dallas, where she enrolled in the Fall of 1958. At the University of Dallas, she continued to excel in her academic work and not only met the love of her life, Dan Cruse, but established friendships that continued throughout her life. In 1975, after having three wonderful children, Margie returned to college and received a BS in Elementary Education with honors, specializing in Children’s Literature from the University of Texas in Austin. Her friends often used the words generous, elegant and sophisticated to describe this beautiful lady. Her style, taste and charm made her a favorite partner, friend or volunteer in so many endeavors. Margie initiated the formation of book clubs in three cities and served countless hours of volunteer service at UTSW Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. She was always at the forefront of leadership in her many volunteer activities. Her love of children was evident as a supporter and board member for many years at the Notre Dame School of Dallas. The Notre Dame School recognizes that each person is created in the image of God and educates students with developmental disabilities. Also, not known to many because of her modesty, was her financial support of the music ministry at the University of Dallas Church of the Incarnation. For pleasure, she was an annual visitor to the antique fair in Round Top, Texas, which she attended with her daughters and friends, for over twenty-five years. This interest in antiques was clearly evident in the four homes she designed for the family, including her beloved Black Walnut Ranch. For 60 years she stood side by side with her husband Dan as his life partner. Her presence and influence were highly respected by the world-wide partners and staff at Spencer Stuart. Together, she and Dan enjoyed extensive travel to Europe, Asia and Africa, most by association with business, a tally of over thirty countries. Margie’s most important role in life was as a devoted wife to her beloved husband Dan and a wonderful mother to her three children, six grandchildren, and two great- granddaughters. She is survived by her husband, Dan Cruse of Dallas, three children: Dean Cruse and his wife Felicia of Austin, Peggy Cruse Olivier and her husband James of Dallas, and Amy Cruse D’Alise of Dallas. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Boone Cruse and his wife Sophie Marine of Austin, Sofie Cruse of Santa Fe, Margaret Burgau and husband Brock of Minneapolis, Claire Hutton of Austin, Dominic D’Alise of Dallas, and Elizabeth D’Alise of Dallas, as well as two great-granddaughters, Nina Pearl Cruse and Hattie Jean Burgau. In addition, she is survived by her beloved brothers Donald Barker and his wife Dorothy of Plano, George Barker and his wife Adrienne of Tucson and Richard Barker and his wife Ann of Pottsboro. In conclusion, a special gratitude is extended to Manchester Care Homes and Hope Hospice and their amazing caregivers, particularly Berretta Gunter, Agnes Chitendere, Hospice Nurse Kara Miller and Hospice Aid Lucretia Lara. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, at Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Notre Dame School of Dallas or the Margie and Dan Cruse Endowed Scholarship at the University of Dallas. For those unable to join the family, the mass can be livestreamed here:


15 June

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

University of Dallas, Church of the Incarnation

1845 E Northgate Dr
Irving, TX 75062

Please check back on day of service to join via Live-Stream.


Margaret Barker Cruse

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Dom Dalise

June 12, 2021

I miss you everyday augie 🥺 you were the best grandmother I could’ve ever asked for and I’ll never forget you. Everything I do is to make you proud. ❤️

Donald Yandell

June 12, 2021

Margie and Marcia were the single reason I enrolled at U of D.Margie and I,had a date to see South Pacific while we were freshmen at UD.Wonderful memories and times at UD God now enjoys her company.Stay well Dan! Las Deo,Don

Carolyn Cram

June 11, 2021

Dearest Dan and family, you all did a wonderful job caring for Marge through this horrible disease. I know your pain as I just lost Stuart to Alzheimer’s in April. Life has gone by beautifully and quickly since those memorable U of D days. We will all meet again in the light. Lovingly, Carolyn Mcmullan Cram💕