Barbara Marie Tyson

Barbara Tyson

Our Barbara Marie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

She was born on October 3, 1933, in Dallas, Texas, where she grew up, graduating from Highland Park High School and then from Baylor University with an English major and Art minor.  She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.  Barbara received her doctorate from the University of Texas in 1972.  Her teaching career spanned over thirty years, including positions in Texas, the Azores, and Japan. She was a professor of English at Sam Houston State University (60-62, 72-95).

Dr. Tyson belonged to the Huntsville Outlook Club, the University Women's Study Club, the Rita B. Huff Humane Society, the Cooperative of Working Artists, and the Conroe Art League. For many years Barbara conducted the annual Valentine Workshop at the Huntsville Public Library, leading others to create beautiful and clever Valentine's cards, continuing this work at the Wynne Home Arts Center.  She served on the original Program Committee for the Wynne Home, was the visionary organizer of the Friends Sales Gallery, served as a board member,  and received the Volunteer of the Year Award there in 2009.

Barbara was a member of the 'Hats on Riders', which traveled worldwide on horseback.  She was also a counselor and art instructor at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas over the course of 55 years. She was a fabulous artist, wonderful mentor, kind friend, an accomplished professor, and caring Christian.  She will be missed by many.

A Memorial Service celebrating Barbara's life will be on Monday, April 13, at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church located at 1801 19th Street.  A second Memorial Service will be held in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, April 17 at 12:30 pm at Restland Memorial in the the Wildwood Chapel on Greenville Avenue.

Preceded in death by her parents, Calvin Joseph and Ethel Rose Tyson, she is survived by her sister Jeanne Kretz of Dallas, Texas,  her nieces, Marsha (Bert) Page of Dallas, Texas, Susan Steiner of Fort Collins, Colorado, nephew Jim (Shauna) Davidson  of Superior, Colorado, grandnieces Meredith (Scott) Mogan of Norman, Oklahoma, Andrea (Eks Wye) Pollock of Columbus, Ohio, Bethany Page (Baylor University), Laura Steiner (University of Alabama), grandnephews, Robert (Heather) Page  of Frisco, Texas, Hudson (Laura) Page of De Ridder, Louisiana, Kyle Steiner of Dallas, Texas, and Benjamin Davidson of Superior, Colorado, as well as 2 great grandnieces and 2 great grandnephews, all whom she was devoted to and adored.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Samaritan's Purse, or the Wynne Home.