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    “I hear a voice you can not hear. Which says I must not stay. I see a hand you can not see. Which beckons me away."

    The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind
    --- John Allston

    There is more peace somewhere.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    --- African American Hymn

    I cannot think of them as dead who walk with me no more;
    along the path of life I tread they but are gone before.
    --- Fredrick Lucian Hosmer

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.
    So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
    --- From Roland B. Gittelsohn

    "Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you." ~Pueblo Blessing ~

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    W.H. Auden

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Smith, Mary Catherine

July 5, 1913 — February. 4, 1995

Marlin High School Class of 1930
Marlin High School Teacher


Davis, Colette M.

December 6, 1912 — May 24, 1986

Marlin High School Staff

Garrett, Velma Barganier

October 7, 1920 — February 27, 1990

Marlin High School Class of 1939
Marlin High School Teacher

Grusendorf, Opal

August 8, 1916 — December 6, 2000

Marlin ISD Educator

McBee, Terry Lee

March 25, 1953 — February 4, 2000

Pamplin, Albert “Brady”

March 24, 1919 — June 1, 1986

Springfiled, Ella Mae McClain

October 13, 1915 — September 25, 1994

Marlin High School Teacher

Porterfield, Elizabeth Ann “Babe” Hall

August 12, 1947 — November 4, 1994

Taylor, Doris Ruth Graves

June 21, 1912 — May 8, 1998

Marlin ISD Teacher

Washington, Linda K.

July 7, 1950 — September 11, 2006

Stelma, Sharon Kay

October 22, 1949 — February 17, 1992

Dickens, Althea Mae Kemp

November 14, 1916 – October 2, 2012

Althea Mae Kemp Dickens, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, 95, of Marlin, entered into rest Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin with the Rev. Blake Herridge officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Adams Funeral Home.

Althea was born Nov. 14, 1916, in Copiah County near Crystal Springs, Miss., to Ethel Bert Kemp and Ella Josephine Felton Kemp. She was later Valedictorian of Madden High School. Althea met her future husband, Wayne Dickens, in 1939 and soon became engaged. When he was stationed in Abilene during World War II, they were married on Oct. 10, 1942. The very next day, Wayne was shipped overseas and they did not see each other for three years.

During WWII, while husband Wayne was stationed in England, Althea worked at R.J. Le Tourneau in Vicksburg, Miss., where she was doing her part to support the war effort as a legendary “Rosie the Riveter”. After the war, she and Wayne moved to Marlin where she was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years. Althea was active in the choir and taught Sunday School. She was Past Matron of Eastern Star Chapter 286 in Marlin, Past President of the Marlin Civic Club, President of the Garden Club and an active member of the W.O. Wright Circle and the Prayer Group. For 20 years, Althea worked as an L.V.N. for the Torbett, Hutchings and Smith Hospital. She worked both in the pathology lab and was head of the blood bank.

Althea was a gracious southern lady and a Steel Magnolia when the need arose. Her daughters, who adored her, never heard her say an unkind word about anybody.

She has gone to join the love of her life, Wayne, who passed away July 12, 2003. They will be celebrating their 70th anniversary together soon in Heaven.

She was preceded in death by four brothers; infant sister; and two half-sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Sally Iris Waidhofer and husband, Ben, of Houston, and Ava Jane Grogan and husband, David, of Waco; grandchildren, Brandon Paul Grogan, Taylor Wayne Waidhofer and wife, Courtney, Michael Wayne Grogan, and Kristina Lind Waidhofer; great-grandchildren, Tyson Xavier Grogan, Peyton Paul Waidhofer, and soon to be great-grandson, Taylor Wayne Waidhofer II

The family would like to thank the staff at Ridgecrest Nursing Home and Bluebonnet Hospice for the loving and compassionate way they took care of Althea.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church 309 Coleman St. Marlin, TX 76661.