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Mary Ann BARBOUR


1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Mary Ann BARBOUR Obituary
BARBOUR, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Ullrich Barbour, born Austin, TX August 22, 1923 to Otha Horger and Dean Oscar Ullrich of Southwestern University, Georgetown. She died May 17th of acute respiratory failure. A graduate of Georgetown Grammar School went on to achieve the Outstanding Senior Girl, Georgetown High, 1940. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwestern University, Cum Laude in 1943. Member Delta Delta Delta and Tri-Delt Alumni, Mask & Wig Players, Alpha Chi Honors Society, University Methodist Church, and founding member of the Georgetown Betty Boop and Pickle Clubs. Recent member of the Southwestern University Dames Club.

Youngest person awarded Senior Lifesaving Certificate and Waterfront Director at Girl Scout Camp in 1939. Taught English Grammar, Literature, Speech, Band, and Drama at East Bernard High School 1943-45 and Daniel Baker College 1946-47. Graduate studies in Drama at Cornell University 1945-46. Married Henry O. Barbour in 1947 and moved to Boston where she worked as a hat check girl.

In Houston in 1949, she became chief cook and bottle washer, Scout den mother, swimming instructor, and chauffeur for her children: Roger Alvin (Metta) of PA, Richard Ogden of CT, and Emily Bristow of Austin. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Lauren Barbour (Jonathan Corace) of MD, Amy Stevenson (Adam) of MI, Allison Barbour of CA, Oscar and Sophia Barbour of CT, and three great grandchildren.

The family moved to East Lansing, MI in 1963 where Mary Ann earned a Masters in Educational Psychology, Michigan State University, 1995. She was an alumni advisor and volunteered at hospitals, museums, and high schools. She returned to her childhood home in 1995 to sort through the family collection of '20s bathing suits and shoe button hooks.

Mary Ann was the family archivist, a voracious reader, ferocious scrabble and bridge player, and an ardent defender of the English language. She played clarinet, flute, piano, and tennis, and sang tenor in church choirs. She loved her family, classical music, drama, dappled sunlight and shadow, inspired but unintentional lunacy, and malapropisms. Memorial service planned for August 2nd, 2014 place and time to be announced

Remembrances to Georgetown Public Library.

Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family at our online guestbook at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 1 to June 2, 2014
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