Margaret Virginia Svoboda

July 16, 1947June 8, 2018
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Margaret Virginia Svoboda, 70, of Canyon Lake, Texas passed away June 8, 2018.

She was born July 16, 1947 in Houston, Texas to parents Samuel Clyde Gilmore and Jimmie Rushing Gilmore. Margaret graduated from Sam Houston High and later attended North Houston School of Cosmetology. She was a cosmetologist and owned her own business. She was married to Marvin Svoboda. Margaret had a passion for flowers, her loving family, animals, decorating and pogo games.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Johnny W. Tomlin, Gilbert O. Tomlin, Spencer Gilmore and Pat Prather.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Marvin Svoboda; her daughter Karen Barber and husband Ken, son Leroy Walker and wife Crissy and her sister Frances Zimmerman and husband Larry, sisters-in law Faye Tomlin and Georgia Prather. Margaret is also survived by grandchildren Kyle Walker, Brittany Brock and husband Joe, Cheyenne Walker, Shanna Patterson and husband Timmy, Jerred Donohoo and Shelly Cowart; her great-grandchildren Gage Brock, Madison Whitlock, Gabriel Patterson, Lil Joe Brock, Devin Rico, Gavin Brock, Brayden Lott, Layla Brock and Cassidy Rico.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas 77039. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 14, 2018 in the Family Chapel at Brookside Funeral Home, interment to follow in Brookside Memorial Park.


  • Margaret Svoboda Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Margaret Svoboda Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Margaret Svoboda Thursday, June 14, 2018

Margaret Virginia Svoboda

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Leroy Walker

July 8, 2018

Mom I cannot quit crying cuz I remember the phone calls I can’t make to you anymore, I cry cuz I remember the hugs you give me with your funny humming noises you made as you squeezed me tight ,I’m so glad I made choice to make our relationship work by moving up with you for while, omg Mom sad I remember when I was leaving to move back home for work you standing at your front door crying cuz I was leaving, please mom forgive me I did what I had to do . I love you very much mom and I’m glad I got to make you understand that week before you passed away cuz it was always ending phone conversations I would say I love you so I had make it clear to you,some how deep in my soul I knew you was going too leave me and I couldn’t bare it but you with Jesus now mommy and now I need to prepare myself to be with you and Jesus you mommy you’re son Bubba

Trevor Svoboda

June 20, 2018

Sorry dad for your lose. I spent a few summers with you and Margaret and enjoyed the time i spent with the both of you. Although we have not stayed in touch as of late, I want you to know that you can call me or Tracy if you need someone to talk too or even share a fishing story. Take care of yourself, your son, Trevor...

Kyle Walker

June 16, 2018


I just want to say that I will always love my grandmother and know she's with the Lord. When I found out she only had days to live the first thing that came to my mind was how important it is to always tell your loved ones you love them and never let the sun go down on your anger because tomorrow is never promised and you always want to make sure they know how much they mean to you.

Many of my grandmother's character traits were passed on to me. One of those things is her cheerful giving spirit. She always had a desire to give to others. Another one of those things is that whatever she got into, she was all the way in it 100%. She never did anything halfway. If something struck her interest, she would learn all she could about it and in no time she'd be prepared to teach the teacher.

Marvin has been there for just about everything and I don't concider him my grandfather by marriage. He IS my grandfather. He's the only grandfather that was ever a positive influence in my life. I'm so proud that both him and my grandmother found their way back to the Apostolic truth before her passing. I'm also very excited that he will be moving close to our family in Mississippi because I know he will be in great hands there under a superb pastor, Bro. Kelly Patrick.

In closing, I'll always think of my grandmother and can't wait to see her again in Heaven. I'm glad that she got to see me grow up and mellow out as I grew older and into a much better person. The most important thing I can take away from this is to always be good to my family and be there for them at all times because nothing hurts worse than when you lose a loved one and have any regrets. Life these days is so fast pace that sometimes we lose ourselves in it and forget how short it really is. We all need to slow down a bit and create as many positive memories as we can.

I love you very much Grandma,

Kyle Walker

Linda Bauman

June 13, 2018

Its hard to believe in my heart that you are not here anymore, I miss that crazy laugh you have and all the little things we talked about when you and I were by ourselves, I will forever miss you my heart's broken... I only wished I could have said these things before it was to late but saying that we did have a little talk you know how I feel about you.. Now beautiful lady go rest high on that mountain..

Ken Barber

June 12, 2018

It saddens my heart mother-in-law I was looking forward to making memories with you, but I will charrish the many phone calls we had since I married your beautiful daughter. Thanks for all the funny conversations we had, the many laughs and yes a few tears ! The little gifts you sent in the mail but I know you have endured a lot of sickness and pain. But as I was at your bed side seeing you look up in the heavens describing all the heavenly host as chills went up and down my spine knowing yes she has made peace with GOD ! You will be missed but I know it want be much longer we will meet again ! Love you wished I had more time with you down here but until we meet again watch over us! ❤️❤️

Karen Barber

June 12, 2018

There are not enough words to describe the loss I feel and the void of not having my mama here with me! I was there when you took your last breath, I was there at the hospital when u stared me in the eyes for what seemed forever then finally said to me: I don’t want to leave you! Many more things you told me that day then the following day I watched as you prayed through to the Holy Ghost and repented and then within what seemed no time you started describing heaven n angels and worship.. a king on a white horse with a rams horn and a numerous army behind him.. it was so beautiful n so amazing to hear you share your final journey with those of us gathered together in that hospital room! I will always love u and remember this till my dying day and I look forward to walking on streets of gold with u!! I love you mommsey! Please save a place for your, KK..Nurse K and Chickadee ( Karen)

Cammie Vincent

June 12, 2018

Marvin it saddens me to hear of Margaret's passing. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. She does not have to suffer any longer. What a reunion in heaven! Aunt Jim and all her brothers. Along with Aunt Verlon and Uncle Mike. God bless and continued prayers.

Cammie Manshack Vincent

Yolanda Garza

June 11, 2018

Sincere condolences go out to the family. Please find comfort and hope in the guarantee that soon death will be no more (Rev. 21: 3, 4) and the exciting promise that those we have lost will be reunited with us again (Acts 24:15 & Psalms 37:29).