Call her sweetie, mom, MiMi, a Teacher, an Accomplished Business Woman, Mentor, Christian, Fighter, Dear Friend�.she was all of these. Marcia George gave up her many roles and names on earth to take her place in eternity on July 20, 2005. She was an example of courage, faith, and determination as she fought the battle with cancer. She counted life and all that was in her life as a blessing and talked about what a good life she had been given as she lay surrounded by her loving family and a host of friends. If told of the blessings she had been, her response was that she was the one blessed by them.
Marcia was born on September 16, 1937 in Atoy, Texas, and grew up in Rusk, Texas with a blended family of eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from Rusk High School in 1955, and continued her education at Tyler Junior College and then graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1960 with a degree in Business and Education. After graduating, she lived in Dallas and taught at Adamson High School. While at The University of Texas, she met Pat George who was to be the love of her life and her life partner. They married on July 20, 1963, and she moved to Conroe. She was employed as a secretary at Conroe Bank and then returned to teaching at Conroe High School. It was here that she began to leave her influence on our community by founding the Vocational Office Education Program (VOE) at Conroe High School. In 1976, she began her own interior design business, Decorators Depot, which she owned and operated until her illness in 2003.
Her commitment to the town that she loved, her insightfulness, and her business expertise made her a natural choice for being invited to membership in many organizations and to serve on innumerable committees. She was among the first women invited to join the Conroe Rotary Club. In that capacity, she served five years on the Board of Directors, she chaired the Group Study Exchange Committee, the Membership Committee, and served as the Intermediary for the Womens Crisis Center. She was awarded the coveted Paul Harris Fellow Award by her fellow Rotarians. Marcia was a member of the Conroe Service League and was nominated Woman of the Year. She served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chaired the Chamber Banquet and served on the YMCA Board and the Welfare Board. She was the second President to lead the Lioness Club and was President of the Horizon Investment Club for three years. She served her church, First Baptist of Conroe, as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, Personnel Committee, and the Vision 2000 Committee. She was a member of the Encouragers class at FBC.
Her influence will be felt forever. She will be remembered for the many office buildings, doctors offices and other commercial buildings as well as residential homes that reflect her flair for interior design.
Marcia leaves her husband of 42 years, Pat George; daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Randy Kerbow of The Woodlands; son, John George of Fort Worth; grandchildren, her sweetie girl, Morgan Kerbow and her sweetie man, Dylan Kerbow; her cherished sister-in-law, Ruth George Briggs, of Houston; and special friend, Annette Spikes, of Conroe. Surviving her also, are brothers, Kenny Maness and wife, Marilyn, of Fallbrook, California, and Curt Maness and wife, Mary, of Tyler, Texas; sisters, Bobbie Durbin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jewel Lee Cotton and husband, Jerry, of Trinidad, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gertie Lee and Jewel Maness, brothers, Luke Maness, Reginald, Maness, Billie Joe Maness, and sister, Kathleen Farrow.
According to Marcias wishes, donations are asked to be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257-0127, First Baptist Church Building Fund, 600 N. Main, Conroe, TX 77301, Odyssey Healthcare (Hospice), 100 I45 North, Box 103 Suite 300, Conroe, TX 77301, or Rotary Club of Conroe Foundation, P.O. Box 1293, Conroe, TX 77305.
To answer Rick Warrens quotation, What on Earth am I here for?...Marcia knew the answer and she fulfilled her purpose in life as she left imprints of her deed and influence on lives known and unknown.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church of Conroe with Dr. Charles Walton, Dr. Cliff Herrington, and Rev. Charles Downey officiating. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service. Private interment will be in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, July 22, 2005 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.