Marie Anne Osborne

Marie Anne Osborne Marie Anne Osborne died on March 4. She was, first and foremost, a teacher. She devoted 34 years to educating Austin's children. She was also a community activist, a traveler, and a craftsperson. Marie Anne was born August 8, 1926, in Waco, to Earle and Marguerite Smith. She grew up in Texarkana and Shreveport. She graduated from the University of Texas, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1946. Marie Anne met Hoyle Osborne when they were college students. They married in 1947, and Hoyle, Jr., was born in 1948. While she was a young mother with a full-time job, she earned a Master's degree in sociology from U.T. Marie Anne was a librarian at U.T., and then she was a juvenile probation officer in Travis County. She taught at Travis Heights Elementary (1953-73), St. Elmo Elementary (1973-74), Wooldridge Elementary (1974-86), and in the U.T. College of Education (1965-66). She was an officer of the Texas Association for Childhood Education, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the honorary society of women educators. Marie Anne was a founder of the Austin Natural Science Association, precursor of the Austin Nature & Science Center, serving as president or on the board for many years. The Pioneer Village, which has evolved into Pioneer Farms, was her special project. Along with her husband, she helped with the founding of radio station KMFA. Always eager to learn more about everything in the world, Marie Anne traveled widely, visiting dozens of countries. She went to museums, movies, and the theater often, and she was a passionate reader. Marie Anne Osborne is survived by her son, his spouse, Jane Voss, and her brother, Earle Smith, of Houston. A private memorial will be held. The family encourages those who wish to honor Marie Anne's life to teach children, contribute to the community, or give to one of her favorite organizations, such as Pioneer Farms, KMFA, Planned Parenthood, and the Democratic Party.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 7 to Mar. 10, 2013