Marion Gerhart

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Marion Alice Fladger Gerhart died peacefully in her sleep in Conroe on March 8, 2018. She was

85 years old.

Marion was born on September 13, 1932 in Paris, Texas to parents, Gustav and Lucille Fladger

who owned and ran the Honey Grove Signal Citizen until 1970. She graduated from Honey

Grove High School in 1950 and from Southern Methodist University with a degree in music in

1954 specializing in violin. While at SMU, she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority

and was one of the first women to be part of the SMU marching band.

During a summer work opportunity at Yellowstone National Park, Marion met US Navy Veteran

and seasonal park ranger, Bob Gerhart. They married on September 5, 1954 in Honey Grove,

Texas. She had three sons, Charles Fladger, Robert Arthur, and John Stewart. She actively

supported her sons in all activities including Boy Scouts and the Conroe High School Band


Marion was very involved with music and the church throughout her life. She began the first bell

choir in Montgomery County in 1963 at the First United Methodist Church which evolved into the

high school girls bell choir. She retired from the bell choir in 1977. She would also perform as

the organist for other local churches and weddings in the area. She served as the Chairman of

the Worship Committee at Conroe First United Methodist Church, was the President of Conroe

Performing Arts Society helping to establish the Conroe Symphony, a President of the Conroe

Service League, and was a representative for Texas in the American Cancer Society at the

national level. She maintained a lifelong interest in needlepoint attending over 20 national

needlepoint guild conferences. She was named the Montgomery County Contemporary Woman

of the Year in April 1973 by the Conroe Courier.

Marion is survived by her husband and her two sons, Robbie and Stewart, her two

daughter-in-laws, Sarah and Caroline, and her four grandchildren, Bryan, Emily Alice, Reed,

and Kayla.

The funeral will be held at the First Methodist Church in Conroe at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March

14. She will be buried in Honey Grove, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her

memory to McKenzie United Methodist Church in Honey Grove, Texas or to the First Methodist

Church in Conroe.


Published on from Mar. 10 to Mar. 23, 2018
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