Margaret Forrest Barrow
May 27, 1922 – September 9, 2020
Margaret Jean Forrest Barrow was born on the 27th of May 1922, in Mexia, Texas, the daughter of Francis Ella “Fanelle” Jackson Forrest and Nolan Blake Forrest. She went to be with our Lord and with her husband of 43 years, George Terrell Barrow, on Wednesday, the 9th of September 2020, at the age of 98.
Margaret was a 1949 honors graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Iota Epsilon academic honors societies. Margaret came to Houston after college to work for Humble Oil Company. After marrying George, an attorney in Houston, she earned her real estate license and went on to build the family real estate business and raise her children. She loved music and enjoyed travel. Margaret cherished the blessings that God provided in this life and was thankful for each one of them.
George and Margaret were members of the Petroleum Club of Houston and the Brazos River Club in West Columbia, TX. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Blue Bird Circle for over 50 years. She derived great pleasure in knowing that every sale from the Blue Bird Shop provided medical help to needy children. She was a proud member of the D. A. R., tracing her lineage back to the Revolutionary War. Margaret was also a lifelong learner and enjoyed learning new technology.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Louneita and John Stubbs, brother and sister-in-law Blake “Buddy” and Diane Forrest, and brother Rex Jackson “Jack” Forrest. She is survived by sister-in-law Ina Beth Forrest and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by her sons David George Barrow (Lucy) and Blake Womack Barrow (Georgia). Grandchildren - Justin Barrow (Martha), Caroline Bates (Parker), George Barrow, Jeana Barrow (Brian), and Kristen Barrow (Matt). Great Grandchildren - Margaret Josephine Barrow, Laura Jane Barrow and Lucy Eleanor Bates.
The family wishes to thank the Hallmark and the staff of Encore Caregivers for their care of Margaret in her later years.
A private funeral service is to be conducted at half past eleven o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 17th of September. Guests are invited to view the service by clicking “Join Livestream” below.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Blue Bird Circle, Attn: Treasurer, 615 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77030-2316 or by visiting thebluebirdcircle.com or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027 or by visiting stlukesmethodist.org
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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Margaret Forrest Barrow
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September 20, 2020
Dear David and Lucy and Blake and Georgia,
Please accept our sincere condolances on the passing of your mother. She was a fine lady and we will certainly miss her. My mother, who grew up in Mexia, used to enjoy telling us that "Margaret was the flower girl in my wedding." She was also proud to inform my sister and me that she introduced your parents. I believe she is fully justified in her pride as the ensuing union was a happy one and produced a lovely and thriving family. It has been our good fortune to have the privilege and pleasure to know the Barrow family.
(Please excuse the tardiness of this note, however our daughter in Austin has just had her second child and we've been helping out with her 5 year old son.)
Bill and Beth Banks
September 16, 2020
Dear Lucy and family -- My parents met Margaret and George in the 1940s, when George and my father, Robert D. Samsot, served together in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After my father died, my mother, Mary Helen, moved from New Orleans to Houston. For the ensuing twenty years, Margaret was her closest friend and most trusted adviser and confidante. All of our family admired Margaret for her intelligence, her calm good sense, her generosity to friends, and her competence. We are so sorry to know that she is gone, but she certainly leaves a wonderful legacy and example for your family. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Kate and Malcolm Hawk