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Margaret Ann Day Marshall was born on the upstairs screened porch of the J. M. Day Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas on 7 April 1933. After high school, she received a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Methodist University in 1954 and a Master's Degree from Sam Houston State University in 1956 where she taught after graduation. During her youth, she enjoyed six years as a camper at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas where she excelled in swimming, canoeing, golf, archery and Indian Lore, all the while trying to avoid horseback riding which was her least favorite activity. Her last year there she was a counselor and instructed riflery. In high school, she was a majorette and in 1948 she won the trophy in the Bathing Beauty Contest at the Alfalfa Fiesta in Hearne, Texas. In 1957 she married US Air Force Second Lieutenant Pilot Jerry Eugene Marshall and they jointly embarked on a journey of service, travel, parenthood, faith and mutual love, exceeding sixty years. She established warm and caring homes at locations around the world. At the same time, she provided spousal support to her husband's military career, led the effort raising two wonderful and successful daughters and excelled as hostess for many visitors throughout the years. For example, she navigated in and around Tokyo for three years without second thoughts. Her tours of Washington D.C. rivaled the most popular agencies. She favored beaches in Hawaii unknown to tourists and delighted guests with dining areas away and treasured by locals. On one occasion, while escorting a Texas group through Pearl Harbor, the entire group was invited aboard a nuclear submarine and roamed freely throughout the entire vessel. A rare treat. After 30 years in the role of the superb Air Force wife, Colonel and Ann retired in San Antonio, Texas to begin a new career, establishing 9-1-1 Emergency Service for a large portion of South Texas. She became a regular fixture with her husband, briefing City Councils, County Commissioners and citizen's groups. Her smile and presence and projection of Christian character swayed any doubt. She was a loyal member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Other organization memberships included Lantana Garden Club, Sonterra, Military Civilian Club and Air Force ROTC Angel Flight. She is preceded in death by her parents, Helen and James Day of Madisonville, TX. Her daughter Kathryn Covert resides in Dallas, TX and daughter Laura Fowler resides in Wellesley, MA. The couple enjoy spending time with their six loving grandchildren. Ann is survived by her sisters, Jane Day Reynolds of Madisonville, TX and Sue Ellen Day Burton of Newport, Arkansas. She is related by marriage to the J. Robert and Virginia Smither King and Kay King Mitchell and J. Robert King, III families of Huntsville, TX. Ann was particularly proud of her kinship and the love and affection from the Smither family of Huntsville, TX. Recently, the couple moved in San Antonio to reside at Blue Skies/ Air Force Village Senior Living Community where they began a new life with new friends. Ann's family wishes to acknowledge and express gratitude to the entire staff of Blue Skies/Air Force Village for their professional and genuine care in our time of need. Ann is a member of the Colonial Hill's United Methodist Church and The Protestant Chapel at Blue Skies/Air Force Village. Visitation will be on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough. Memorial service will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Porter Loring Chapel.
Interment will be private at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly requests donations be made to the Rotary Foundation, to assist in efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary of San Antonio, 110 Broadway St, Suite 220, San Antonio, TX 78205 www.rotarysa.org.
You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com
Published on February 28, 2017
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