Barbara Lou Boone Warren
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Mom shared the story of her life with Heather several years ago and I want to share that with you now:
She was born at home on the farm in Corsicana, Texas on February 27th to Charles Rowan Boone and Ruth Elizabeth McClure Boone. She loved her doll, pet chickens and white rabbit. She liked to ride on the cotton sack while Mama picked cotton, mama even made her a little cotton sack too. She loved to color. She talked about spending summers with her cousins especially Marie, Joyce, baby Judy, Donald Lois and she loved going to Corpus Christi to stay with Armeen. (Dad and she told of playing at the same park in Corpus when they were kids at the same time but they didn’t know each other yet.) She began school at 6 in Hillsboro.
Living out on the farm she remembered going to town to ride back with Daddy or stay at Aunt May’s house with Cousin Donald Lois and going to the movies and that is when she began to love the movies. In second grade they moved to Waco and began Sanger Elementary, next West Jr. High School and finally Waco High School. She began playing the violin in the 3rd grade. Her mama was a seamstress and she traded violin and piano lessons for working on her music teacher’s dresses. Music was her favorite subject. She was first chair at Waco High School and President of the Orchestra.
She started working at Cresse’s when she was 16. She graduated at 17 and started Baylor University. She told of how she and Marie went to Baylor and had a swell time. She met Larry in High School but never knew if it was Harry or Larry she was talking to many times. They started dating after the war when they were both going to Baylor. Their first date was a dance and the rest is history. Mom went on to graduate from Baylor University with a business degree.
Mom loved movies, especially Shirley Temple and GiGi, TCM station, and music especially Frank Sinatra. She was an active member of First Woodway Baptist Church. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile associated with the Shriners. She worked for GMAC and First Federal Credit Union. She went back to Baylor University to get her teaching degree at one time but decided that was not for her...she told a story about subbing and elementary boys getting on top of the desk. Mom’s other love on this earth were her granddaughters. Heather and Lauren she loved you both so much. She was so happy when each of you were born. Remember how many times she and Papa would come get you for the weekends. How many time she played dress up with you and Barbies. The ongoing Monopoly games, going to Shakes, Kiddie Land, and the Super Slide.
She was happiest when she was with her girls. She loved everyone she came in contact with. She was always kind and gentle even up till the day she left this earth. Staff often talked of how sweet she was. She never changed as she put it “what good would it do if I were to be mad.” She taught me how to be a woman of trust. She shared her words of wisdom with me to be a friend that would listen and not go tell others what they had talked about. She taught me how important that was. A woman of character and trust. She left some big shoes to fill.
Her number one love though was Larry. They were married 67 years. We are overjoyed at the fact they are dancing in heaven to their song Night and Day right now.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Larry and baby boy, Larry Franklin; parents, Charles Rowan Boone and Ruth Elizabeth Boone.
Her legacy lives on in me and my wonderful husband, Richard Michalka; her granddaughter and Heather Elizabeth, and husband, Blake Wilson and granddaughter, Lauren Michalka and soon to be son-in-law, Bryce Mackleit; nieces and nephews, Kim Thomas and family, Candace and Spencer Thomas and family, Krista and Greg Stone and family, Bland Schwarting and Laura Schwarting.
I would like to give special thanks for the care of my mom to Regent Care of Woodway, Texas and Weslayan Home in Georgetown, Texas. Many angels took care of her and I’m so grateful. Thank you for allowing me to share the story of her life.
In lieu of flowers please donate to your charity of choice.
Visitation will be Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 11:00 at Oak Crest Funeral Home, Waco, Texas with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating.
Graveside services will follow at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery, Waco, Texas.
Pallbearers are Paul Michalka, Matt Michalka, Richard Michalka, Bland Schwarting, Blake Wilson, and Bryce Machleit.