Condolences

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Karen Skinner and family on the recent passing of her mother, Marjorie Etta Evans Smith.  Funeral services were held on May 27 at Galena Park Methodist Church. Karen is a Developmental Math Professor on the North Campus.

Marjorie Etta Evans Smith was born in Morrilton, Arkansas, on June 27, 1923, the second child of Dotch Leroy Evans and Etta Everett Riggs. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dotch Leroy Evans, Jr., her parents, her daughter Peggy Jill Smith, and her husband William Burhl Smith.
She is survived by her daughter Karen Lea Skinner and husband Bill of Pearland, TX, her daughter Trudi Ann Hackett of Baytown, TX, granddaughters Tiffani Leanne Langbein and husband Matt of Richardson, TX, Ashley Brooke Hackett of Houston, TX, Jennifer Beth Skinner, of Deer Park, TX, Julie Marie Skinner of Crosby, TX, and two great-grandsons Aidan Russell Skinner and Tyler William Langbein.

Marjorie died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with dementia.

Raised in Morrilton on a dairy farm, Marjorie assisted her father in the daily deliveries of milk products. Marjorie graduated from Morrilton High School in 1939 at the age of 16. She then attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a degree in home economics in 1944.
Marjorie lived in the 4H house at the University of Arkansas and became very close friends with the other women who began their college stay in the attic of this home. Her roommate each year was Janive Seagraves, who later married Hubert Blanchard, and they have remained close friends. Each year the girls would move down a floor. They all has chores to do and they worked along with the house mother to maintain their home and provide meals for themselves. Marjorie always brought food from the farm to share with her housemates.

Marjorie began her career as a home demonstration agent for Bacter County and was stationed in Mountain Home, Arkansas. It was during this time that she met William Burhl Smith, the love of her life. After a suitable courtship, Marjorie and Burhl were married on February 1, 1948, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. They were married for 32 years until Burhl died of multiple myeloma cancer on October 19, 1980 at 59 years of age.

Marjorie and Burhl were blessed with 3 daughters, Karen Lea (March 14, 1952), Trudi Ann (November 7, 1954), and Peggy Jill (February 28, 1956). Peggy Jill died on November 25, 1959 from stomach cancer.

Marjorie (Marge) and Burhl moved to Texas in 1953 and after a short stay in a duplex in Pasadena, Texas, bought a home at 1604 Pugh Drive, Galena Park, Texas. This home was their home for over 50 years.

Marjorie was a homemaker for many years and when her children entered school she became a substitute teacher. Then Marjorie attended the University of Houston and completed coursework needed to obtain an Texas Teacher Certification. She then became a full time second grade teacher at North Shore Elementary School and worked for 25 years, retiring in 1986. During her retirement, Marjorie took many trips with local church and civic groups and the Dan Dapper Tour line. She loved traveling. Marjorie was also very involved in the Retired Teacher association, The Hilltoppers and her women’s group at the United Methodist Church of Galena Park.