McLennan County, Texas
THE MART TEXAN
MARCH 6, 2003
Marcile "Jackie" Smith, 87, of Waco died peacefully at home on February 1,2003. The third of four children, she was born January 5,1916 in the Prairie View community outside of Thornton, to Thomas Richard Cox and Wilma (Jones) Cox. She was baptized at the Thornton Church of Christ in 1955 always had a deep faith. Educated in the Prairie View and Thornton schools, she was a voracious reader and loved learning. On October 1, 1931, in Gause Texas she was joined in marriage to Gordon Andrew Smith of Mart. Before WWII they made their homes in Mart, McClanahan and League City and in Lake Jackson and Thornton after the war. During WWII Marcile was welder for Brown Ship Yard in Houston; however, most of her years of employment were spent as a telegraph operator for Missouri Pacific Railroad, beginning in 1951. She retired in 1977 after 22 years of loyal service. Her interests were, first and foremost, her family, but she was also interested in traveling and genealogy. She was very proud of her ancestry, being the descendent of several original pioneer families who settled in the counties of Brazos, Van Zandt, Leon, and Limestone in Texas when it was still Mexico. She and her husband traveled extensively in the United States before he passed away in 1979. In 1985, when she was living at Lakewood RV Park in The Valley, she and her sister and brother-in-law traveled to the British Isles It was one of the highlights of her life. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 48 years and two brothers, Vernon and Douglas Cox, she is survived by her beloved sister, Tommie Triplett, of Palestine; her children, Gordon Ann Tilley of Waco; Thomas D. and Nancy Smith of Crossville, TN; John Scott Smith of Austin; and Wendy Chanden of Salida, CO; ten grandchildren, Belinda Biddle of Gahanna, OH; Dana and Tim Stephenson of San Antonio; Shawna Waterman of Austin; Melissa and Darrell Jackson of Hewitt; Matthew and Tracy Tilley of Mart; Deanna and Jack Wright of Houston; Barrie Smith of Thornton; Tony and Kelly Smith of Thornton; Jon D. and Julie Smith of League City; and Nathan and Cindy Good of Creston, CO; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Jo Smith of Mart and many nieces and nephews and their families. A vivacious, loving and most generous person, Marcile will be greatly missed by the whole family to whom she was very devoted. To celebrate her life, a memorial service at King Cemetery, outside of Thornton, will be held at a later date. In Heaven a noble work was done when God gave a mother. Special Thanks from the family are extended to the wonderful nurses and aides of the Hillcrest Community Hospice in Waco who took such good care of Marcile during her last days.
Alma Jean Hargrove, 59, and a Waco resident for 37 years, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2003 at Hillcrest Hospital. A memorial service was at 7 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2003 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors Chapel with Reverend David Leibham officiating. The family received visitors from 6-7 p.m. prior to service time. Alma was born July 9, 1943 in Talladega, Alabama. She attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama, receiving a degree in education. She taught elementary school at St. Louis Catholic for several years. For the last 15 years, she had been an Associate at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Environmental Sciences.
She married Marvin T. Hargrove in 1967. Those who remember her remember her as a generous kind soul who tried throughout her life to help others in pain. Alma leaves behind her husband of 36 years, Marvin T. Hargrove of Waco; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Chris Sobin of Colorado; her mother, Lillian B. Wood of Alabama; her sister, Hazel Briggs of Alabama; her brother, James Wood of Colorado; nieces, Dana Harrell and Jamie Cleary and their families of Alabama. In honor of Alma's love of animals, donations may be made to a memorial established in her name at the Waco Humane Society, 2032 Circle Road, Waco, TX 76706.