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Alta Anglin


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Alta Anglin Obituary
ANGLIN, Alta Marlene Marlene passed away unexpectedly from a fall on June 30, 2018. Born in Harlingen, Texas, on August 18, 1931, she was the first child of Alta Lee Whitford Anglin and Charley Van Anglin. She will be lovingly remembered by her life companion Ada Hickman, brother Kenneth C. Anglin and wife Gloria, nieces and nephews K.V. and Deborah Anglin, Tonya DeKneef, Michael and Terri Anglin, Derek Anglin, Shannon and Doug Owen, Sally Seligman and Tony Tagnucci, Susan and Richard Bryant, Sandy and Ron Vaughn, Irving Seligman; great nieces Erika Anglin, Lindsey DeKneef, Ryanne DeKneef, Candace Alves, Jenna Owens, and Kennedy Alves, great nephews Zander Owens and Kenneth B. Alves, Ada's children David, Allison, Dan, and Drew Hickman, who were like her own, along with Ada's sisters, Faye Gantt and Gayle Barnes and extended family, plus her many friends. Marlene was predeceased by her parents, sister Sonya Mynhier, niece Sheila Linder, and nephew Truman Seligman. Marlene grew up surrounded by a loving extended family in Harlingen. She was exceptionally proud of her father, who served in World War II, and her grandfather, who served as Chief of Police in her hometown. As an Episcopalian, she remained true to her faith and values. Developing a passion for music and teaching at an early age, Marlene received her B. A. and M. A. in Music from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. She began her 33-year teaching career in Kingsville ISD before moving to Austin and becoming a band director in 1957. During her career in Austin ISD, Marlene directed the bands at Allan and Martin Junior High Schools and later served as Dean of Women at Anderson High School. Marlene received many accolades during her years of service in education, including membership in Phi Delta Kappa. She concluded her long and distinguished career in Austin ISD at O. Henry Junior High School, where she served both as assistant principal and eventually that campus' first female principal. Marlene was an avid Longhorn fan, loving all things burnt orange. She followed many sports but especially enjoyed cheering for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs. The Lady Longhorns were one of her favorite teams, and she was a season ticket holder to their games for many years. She had a special place in her heart for her pets and cared greatly for all animals, supporting the causes that protected them. She was very giving and aided many humanitarian causes. Marlene never stopped learning. She loved books of any kind as evidenced by her extensive collection. She enjoyed giving back to her community, volunteering at KLRU and, one year, serving as Commodore of the Austin Aqua Festival Parade. A dedicated educator, Marlene was loved and admired by her teachers, colleagues, staff, and former students, resulting in many life-long friendships. A Celebration of Life for Marlene will be held on her birthday, Saturday, August 18, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, at 2:00 p.m.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15, 2018
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