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Melba Grey Rains Bartschmid

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Melba Grey Rains Bartschmid 1924 - 2011 Melba Grey Rains Bartschmid left to be present with her Lord Jesus Christ, on February 19, 2011, after long enduring and disabling neurological condition. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Albert Henry Bartschmid, Jr. She is survived by her two children, Betty Rains Bartschmid, PhD of Blacksburg, Virginia and Albert Henry Bartschmid III, MD of Georgetown, Texas. She was born in Grand Bayou, Louisiana, daughter of Theodore L. Rains and Nellie Skinner Rains and moved to Naborton, Louisiana at an early age. She graduated from Mansfield High School in 1941. She attended business college in Shreveport, Louisiana. During WWII she worked in Shreveport while she corresponded with her sweetheart, "Buddy", who spent 36 months overseas fighting the war. After the War, in 1946, she and Buddy married, residing in Shreveport, where Melba worked for Texas Company and Buddy and his father, Albert, opened a machine shop, Bartschmid Oil Well and Machine Works. With her first child's birth (Betty) she became a full time mother and housewife. The family moved to Austin, Texas in 1963 where they lived for the next 28 years. They were active members of First Evangelical Free Church. Melba supported her children's activities, being an active parent for the McCallum High School Band and Blue Brigade. She was also active in the Aggie Mothers Club, several bridge clubs, the Austin Garden Club and community Bible study. She and Buddy attended countless Aggie football games, traveled in their RV, and enjoyed a memorable trip to the Holy Lands. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Rebecca Ann Falgout of Galveston, Texas, Albert H. Bartschmid, IV of Fredericksburg, Texas and Kyle Thomas Bartschmid of Georgetown, Texas. She left two great-grandchildren, Payton Ashley Falgout and Albert Henry Bartschmid, V., her brother, Ted Rains of Golden, Colorado, sister, Nelwyn Stuart of Metairie, Louisiana. Melba was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Betty Rogers. Graveside Funeral services will be held at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, Park road 4, Burnet, Texas on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Thomas Bohmfalk officiating. An online guest book may be signed at www.putnamfunerals.com Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Israel, P.O. Box 908, Bellmawr, N.J. 08099-0908 or Animals Hope Alliance, P.O. Box 237 Blacksburg, VA 24063. Funeral arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639, (325) 388-0008.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 26, 2011
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