Margaret Ruth Malven of Bryan, Texas, (also known as "Sister" to many of her family) passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019, after several years of declining health. She was always brave and optimistic in spite of numerous physical challenges. She was 85 years of age.
Margaret was born on May 30, 1934 near Bishop, Texas to her parents, Raymond E. Burt, Sr. and Margaret Ellen Vandiver. She has one brother, Raymond E. Burt, Jr., who was born just one year before her on May 31, 1935. She and her brother remained close, enjoying one another for their 85 years of life.
Margaret grew up in south Texas, in Bishop, Alice, and Corpus Christi. She attended business classes at Del Mar College, after her high school years at W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi. She treasured her high school friends, enjoying their high school reunions throughout the years. Margaret worked as a draftsperson for Exxon Mobil for many years, retiring from that company.
She married the love of her life, John Malven, a native of Minnesota, in the 1970's. They enjoyed life together for many years, after they met in Corpus Christi. They later moved to the hill country, to Austin and later, Cedar Park, Tx. They decided to move to Bryan about ten years ago, to be near Margaret's brother Raymond and his family.
Our dear "little" Margaret was preceded in death by her mother Margaret and her stepfather, Ward Oviatt. She and John also lost their much loved dog, Furby, several years ago. Margaret is survived by her beloved husband, John Malven, her one brother and his wife, Raymond and Carol Burt of College Station, nephews and nieces, Dennis and Nanci Burt of College Station, Ralph and Cathy Young of Bryan, Richard Burt of Houston, Charlotte and Eric Hedmark of Cape Cod, MA, and Beverly and Richard Hagy of Laredo, and all their children.
Margaret was quite smart, very gifted in many ways. She loved art and created beautiful paintings and sketches. Traveling was especially fun for her. She and John traveled across the United States, and she also enjoyed several cruises. She particularly loved dogs, and even trained dogs several years for others. But Furby was most special to Margaret and John. They shared years of laughter, memories with Furby.
Margaret loved to read, play card and computer games, watch PBS and nature shows. Organ playing, gardening were more of her loves. Those of us who remain after Sister's passing want to thank God for her life and love. We also thank her and want to honor her in our remembrances. She faced obstacles in her life, as we all do. We thank her for her endurance, patience, and even cheerfulness in seeking to overcome her trials.
We love and miss you, our dear Margaret, our dear Sister.