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MARIAN MCFALL ARNSPIGER entered eternal life May 2, 2010. She was born September 20, 1928 to Ivy Little McFall and Julian Allison McFall in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon graduating from Wichita Falls High School in 1945, Marian attended Oklahoma College for Women and Midwestern University. She married Samuel David Arnspiger on April 24, 1954. They were a fun-loving couple, blessed with three children (Allison Bailey, Christopher David Arnspiger, and Adrian Buchanan), who became the joy of their lives. Upon moving to Houston in 1959, Marian and David joined St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Marian loved St. Martin's very much, serving on the Altar Guild for many years.Marian often said she was "blessed with many wonderful, giving friends and the most wonderful children in the whole world." Friends and family enjoyed Marian's wit, humor, creativity and warmth to the very end of her time on Earth. Known affectionately to her grandchildren as Tutu, she always met life with a smile, an embrace, or at the very least, a pointed remark that could bring a laugh to the most trying of circumstances.Marian brought the party to every life she touched and life to every party she attended. Medical personnel, beagles and old friends alike were continually inspired by her style and courageous spirit. Marian twice overcame breast cancer and with the help of her talented and caring physicians, Drs. J. Patrick Herlihy and Christopher Nevins, valiantly fought Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with panache.Preceded in death by her parents and elder brother, Julian Allison McFall, Jr., Marian is survived by her husband and children, her sister, Ludy McFall, her brother, Lt. Col. William T. McFall, USMC (Ret.), two sons-in-law, N. Joseph Bailey, Sr. and Trey Buchanan, and five grandsons, N. Joseph Bailey, Jr., Christopher Bradley Bailey, Matthew McFall Buchanan, Duncan Chapman Buchanan, and Douglas Allison Buchanan.A memorial service celebrating Marian's life will take place Wednesday, May 5 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road.Memorial contributions may be directed to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030, and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, 6720 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX, 77030.

Published in Houston Chronicle from May 3 to May 4, 2010
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