Dr. Linda Ruth Nance and William Grover Marks

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Dr. Linda Ruth Nance Marks and William Grover Marks
May 6, 1939/November 17, 1934
June 9, 2016
Dr. Linda Ruth Nance Marks was born May 6, 1939, in Fort Worth, to William Walter Nance, Jr and Verna Ruth Sandlin Nance. She graduated from Paschal High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 1961. She earned a Master of Science from Texas Women's University in 1969 and a Doctor of Education from Nova University in 1979. As a new nurse she worked as an Occupational Health Nurse at Texas Steel Company, then as a Public Health Nurse at the Tarrant County Health Department. She then spent over 25 years as a nursing educator, retiring from the University of Texas at Arlington as an associate professor of nursing. She estimated that she had taught over 2,000 nurses during her career, in the generic program, skills lab, and RN-to-BSN program. She was very proud of the high skill level of her graduates, and was a demanding patient advocate for her family members.
William Grover Marks was born November 17, 1934, in Wortham, to William Grover Marks, Sr and Ruby Dena McNeese Marks. He attended Wortham schools and then served in the U.S. Army in Kaiserslaughtern, Germany. He worked as a Millwright Repairman at Texas Steel Company for 25 years before joining the maintenance department at Six Flags Over Texas, where he retired in 1999. He was very proud of the work he did on the restoration of the 1928 Silver Star Carousel.
Linda and Grover met in 1961 when Linda and a classmate were traveling from Fort Worth to Austin for a two-day trip to take the state nursing board exam. The girls planned to ride to Austin with Linda's classmate's husband and return home the following day by bus. The classmate's husband asked his friend Grover to keep him company as they rode to Austin and back. When they dropped the girls off for the exam Grover volunteered to make a second trip to Austin the following day to pick them up. They began dating shortly after that and were married March 2, 1962.
They worked and raised their family in Fort Worth. They enjoyed taking family trips to Colorado and Rockport. They were involved with church activities and spent many years actively involved with the Everman Band Booster Club. Linda was a chaperone on many band trips and they both enjoyed the time they spent working in the cotton candy wagon. They made many trips to Yellowstone National Park, and spent several summers working there. They enjoyed making new friends from all over the country and spending free time socializing and sight-seeing in the park. Linda worked in reservations and won a sales prize for selling excursion packages; Grover worked in maintenance and enjoyed traveling through the park working on different projects. After retiring, they bought a weekend home in Kirvin that they called "The Farm." They became active in the First United Methodist Church of Wortham and enjoyed supporting the community activities. They always looked forward to the annual fire department barbecue. Grover worked in the garden and made many batches of his famous hot sauce. Friends and visitors never left without a jar of hot sauce, and the grandchildren would call ahead to request an extra jar. Linda taught herself to quilt and spent many hours quilting and socializing with the quilting group. She made many quilts for herself and others, and often gave special quilts as baby and wedding gifts. She made over 100 quilts, both for those she loved and for those who needed love. She quilted a good number of prize winning quilts that she donated to charities and goodwill causes in her local community. She was especially proud of a complex Bargello pattern that she recently completed. Her last project was a quilt for her oldest grandchild to take with when she leaves for college. Linda and Grover slipped the surly bonds of Earth on Thursday, June 9, holding hands with their little dog Tausha between them. They will be missed dearly, but as they lived here, together, they will touch the face of God, together.

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