Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 3, 2013

Marsha Jane Pace Bone

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Baskin officiating. Marsha was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Seminole, Okla., and passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas. Marsha was the daughter of Harold Kelly Pace and Ruth Lorraine Campbell Pace. She was educated in the Oklahoma City School System. As a pre-teen, Marsha was baptized at Northwest Christian Church in Oklahoma City. In 1955, she and Leonard LaDon Allen were married. From this union were born LaDonna Jane, Kelly Lynne and Mark Stephen. She joined Western Oaks Christian Church, Oklahoma City, Okla., in the 1960’s.

The young family moved to Corsicana. In 1972, she joined Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Marsha served as Moderator of the Deacons for two terms and Chairperson for the Women’s Circle. In 1975, Marsha married Dr. Robert Donnell Bone at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana. Marsha was very industrious. She worked and served in several capacities during her lifetime. Her employment included working for independent oil operators and large oil corporations in Oklahoma City, for the Medical Arts Clinic of Corsicana, and for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Ennis. She was on the Board of Directors for the “Food for Fitness” Program, coordinating the work for approximately 15 years. She volunteered for, and served on, the Board of Directors for The Navarro County Association of Retarded Citizens and for the Food Pantry. She served as co-Chairperson on the committee that sponsored the Dinh family, refugees from Vietnam, to get established in Corsicana.  

She and Robert moved to Emerald Bay, in Bullard, in 1995. Marsha continued community service by delivering Meals on Wheels to the Tyler community. They joined First Presbyterian Church in Tyler in 1995. Marsha served on the Board of Deacons and then as Elder on the Session, and on numerous committees over the years. Marsha was also a member of the Smith County Medical Alliance. Her hobbies and interests were her family first, golf, church, mahjongg, photography, reading, love of animals and traveling.

Marsha is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Robert Bone of Emerald Bay. She is survived by her children, LaDonna Allen and fiancé, Ken Godden of Tyler, Kelly Allen French and husband Dr. Wade French of Tyler, Mark Allen and fiancé, Laura Mason of Houston. Also surviving are step-children Gaynelle Bone Newport of Frisco, Ann Bone Parker and husband Dick Parker, of Katy, and Donnie Bone of Lewisville; siblings, Kelly Pace Bradley and husband Scott, of Westlake, and Steve Pace and wife G, of Monkey Island, Okla. Survivors also include step-sister-in-law Dr. Mary Alice Bone Adamson of Jacksonville, the Dinh Family of Corsicana, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Last but certainly not least, her beloved “doggies” Max and Bailey survive her.  

Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. Tyler, Texas 75701, or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701.

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