Kerr, Marrian Grace Hardie Heaven was blessed when it welcomed Marrian Kerr on July 7, 2013. For 95 years, Marrian lived her life with a giving and caring spirit, a selfless attitude, a passion for family and friends and a deeply Christian heart. Most people knew her as Marrian, but to the closest she was "Gracie." And how fitting for a loving wife, precious mother and dear friendwho lived her life with enduring grace.
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Purcell, Oklahoma became a better place when Marrian arrived on December 22, 1917. She was the beloved only child born to newspaper publisher Guy Hardie and Martha Hardie. Marrian went on to be the captain of the basketball team at a mere 5 ft. 2! And salutatorian of her high school graduating class. After the untimely death of her father in 1935, Marrian's new step-father, Joe Bulowski, became the next joy in her life. Marrian attended the University of Oklahoma where she was President of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and where she met her future husband, Ben Kerr, graduating in 1940.
She and Ben were married on September 16, 1941 in Dallas. They were living in Honolulu, Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Marrian and Ben moved back to Dallas after the war and Marrian began a lifetime of caring for her three precious children and giving to others. She spent over 40 years in the prayer room at her beloved Highland Park Presbyterian Church. She was known as a "prayer warrior!" She served the Lord not only in prayer but also playing the piano for countless Sunday school classes as well as caring for others that needed her in any way. The lives she touched are too many to count! Her life was God, family and others. With manicured red fingernails and perfectly coiffed hair, her passions included gardening, world-wide travel, walking on the Florida beach (she did love a sun tan!) and her sweet cat Gabby.
Marrian is survived by and will be dearly missed by her son Ben Kerr III and his wife, Linda; daughter Janet Smith and her husband Norman; and, son Guy Kerr and his wife Cindy. Also surviving are her special grandchildren Kevan Burroughs and husband Will and Kelley Atwood and husband Hayes, and their mother Dianna Kerr; Michael Smith and his wife Natalie; David Smith and his wife Waverly; and, Preston and Audrey Kerr. Marrian was also blessed with the joy of 10 great grandchildren. Our love and gratitude go out to her precious caregivers Shirley Newsome, Brenda Holt and others.
Marrian spent a long and wonderful life of giving..whether it was to family or to others who needed her. She was always serving others with little concern for herself. A celebration of her 95 years will be held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, with a reception following at the church. Should you care to do so, rememberances may be made to HPPC, 3821 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205 or to the
Published in Dallas Morning News from July 9 to July 17, 2013