Marjorie Ethel Rice Womack was born January 6, 1932, in Cummings, KS. She was the daughter of Harold Halsey Rice, Sr. and Sybil Vivian Hamilton Rice. She married Robert Joe Womack on March 3rd, 1958, in Hobbs, NM, a union that lasted for almost 63 years, and produced two daughters. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Harold H, Rice, Jr., Phil N. Rice, and Don Rice. She is survived by her husband, her daughters Judith Ann Womack and Stacy Joe Gardner; sister, Sybil Arns; grandchildren, Bobbi Joe Gardner Wills and husband Art Wills and Ellery Joseph Womack; great-grand dogs, Duff, Mac, and Freyja. She had many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Marjorie died in the company of her husband Joe on January 20, 2021 after a battle with COVID-19.
Marjorie spent her early childhood with her family on a farm in Cummings, KS and later moved to Hobbs, NM where she graduated from high school. Following graduation, she moved to Texas and lived with her beloved Uncle Martin and his family in Houston while she attended Lillie Jolly School of Nursing Memorial Hospital Houston. She graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1954. By this time, Marjorie, the former farm girl, had blossomed into a sophisticated urbanite and decided she needed an even bigger city – Hollywood. She rounded up her best friends from nursing school, loaded them in her brand-new car, and sped from Texas to Los Angeles, CA. She spent a thrilling few year working first at Hollywood General then Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA before returning to Texas. She put down roots in Midland and quickly met the love of her life, Joe, a Petroleum Engineer. Marjorie eventually stayed home to raise her two daughters. Joe’s oil career took them from Midland to Abilene back to Midland and then Dallas, where they have remained for the last 40 years. Marjorie particularly loved Santa Fe, NM and spent summers and winter holidays there on the square with her husband and children where she reveled in the artistic culture.
Marjorie loved Dallas and enjoyed her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a proud founding member of the Park Cities Club and served on the Dallas Woman’s Forum. She was thrilled when her granddaughter Bobbi Joe joined the DAR in Washington, DC. She loved shopping at North Park but most of all she delighted in spending time with Joe and her grandchildren. She spent years taking care of Bobbi Joe and Ellery, teaching them both how to cook, dress, sew, table manners, and about life. She enjoyed spoiling her only boy, Ellery, by letting him ride his bike all over the house, sewing sleeping bags for every beanie baby he owned, dyeing pancakes whatever color he wanted, learning to play Super Nintendo with him, ordering video game magazines for cheat codes, and she beamed with pride when Ellery became an engineer like her Joe. She had an unmatched sense of style and was Bobbi Joe’s treasured personal stylist and shopper. She loved dressing her beautiful Bobbi in style, including pieces from her vast jewelry collection. She was deeply proud of both of her grandchildren and loved Bobbi’s husband Art, or as she loved to refer to him, “the Commander”.
The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful nurses who cared for her during her last days at Signature Pointe, to the angels at their residence, Brookdale Preston: GG for her very special and devoted care, Dagmar who she loved, and Russia who always brightened her day by calling her Queenie, to John for the joy he brought to all Brookdale residents, to Dr. Chumley for his many years of care and empathy, and to Barbara of Senior Rides who drove her to all of her favorite places and provided great companionship bringing her much joy and friendship. A service has been postponed due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a memorial donation, in Marjorie’s name, to the Daughters of the American Revolution’s General Fund at the following address: https://www.dar.org/giving/ways-give/donate-online
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