Corine Marbury, 97, moved from life to glory on December 28, 2016. She celebrates her homecoming with her parents Henry Lester Smith and Vera Miles Smith: brothers R.A. Smith, Henry Lester Smith, Jr.: sisters Lacel Smith, Macel Smith, Peggy Rutledge, Ernestine Fountain, Stella Stearns, and husband, Mack L. Marbury. Corine's life began June 26, 1919 on a farm in Leggett, Texas. After the death of first born twins, the remaining seven Smith sisters and brothers became "The Lucky Seven"; Corine was #3. Her early years included surviving the Great Depression, picking cotton with her siblings, and riding a horse to school. Her parents instilled in their children a love of Christ, respect for elders, a strong work ethic, and the importance of relationships. Corine graduated from Leggett High School in 1937 as the president of her class. She moved to Houston and married Mack in 1940. During World War II, she faithfully followed Mack to Army assignments until his discharge in 1945. They purchased a Heights bungalow and began a family. In a span of five years, Sweetie, Bubba, and Debbie were born. In 1953, the family outgrew the Heights homestead and moved "to the country" where she lived for the next 63 years. The neighborhood was soon annexed into Houston. Although it became a part of the big city, the inhabitants of the three quaint streets maintained the idyllic life and charm of a small community and many long lived relationships were formed. The Marburys were one of the first families in the neighborhood. Corine and Mack labored to ensure deed restrictions were enforced long before homeowners associations were established. Corine delighted in the role of Motherhood and worked tirelessly in her children's school activities. She served in the Parent Teacher's Association and was the first president when Sinclair Elementary School opened in 1959. Corine participated in numerous political campaigns and enjoyed "working the polls" at the local election location. Corine joined Third Baptist Church in the 1940's and remained an active member until its closure in 2012. Corine cherished relationships with family and friends. Throughout her life, she has been remembered and recognized for her kind and thoughtful deeds to others. Never were those relationships more important than during the last seven years. "Friends of Corine" visited, called, sent cards, and kept in touch with her after her health declined. During her final years, she was in good spirits, enjoyed visitors, and was grateful to remain in her home. Corine is survived by her sister Sherry Smith, #7, Lyford, Texas; children Sweetie Marbury, Durango, Colorado, Bubba Marbury, Houston, Texas; Debbie Norris and husband Steve Norris, Pearland, Texas; grandson Dru English and wife Crystal; great grandchildren Presley and Parker English, Durango, Colorado; granddaughter Erin Norris; great granddaughter Vera Norris, Portland, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews and the Friends of Corine. The Marbury family is grateful to Nida Borde for her devotion and compassionate care for our Mother and to Martina Guerra, long term special assistant, and to Pearl Robinson, caregiver. In lieu of flowers, The Marbury family encourages the reader to spend special time with an elder person. Donations may be sent to InterFaith CarePartners, 701 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste. 330, Houston, Texas 77024-3884. Service was held December 31, 2016, 1:00 pm at Pat H. Foley Houston Texas with burial at Historic Hollywood Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
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