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Virgie Marshall Rooker

September 6, 1913 April 15, 2000
Virgie Marshall Rooker
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Virgie Marshall Rooker

Virgie Marshall Rooker made her transition from this earthly plane and is celebrating life's beautiful continuum in the spiritual realm with our holy Father on April 15 in the year 2000 after a brief illness. Virgie is survived by her 2 beloved daughters, Paige Rooker Nelson of Corinth, Texas and Julie Rooker Klie of Bella Vista, Arkansas, 2 son-in-law, Jim Nelson and Doug Klie, 2 grandsons Sean Cameron Shallenberger and wife Sarah of Arlington and Hunter Douglas Klie 10 years old of Bella Vista. She leaves many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. A most beloved sister-in-law, Naomi Rooker of Duncan, Oklahoma will miss her greatly.

Virgie was born Virgie Marshall to Anna Lou Portwood Marshall and Thomas Marshall on the family ranch in Warren, Oklahoma near Altus, September 6, 1913 and it was there she grew up in a loving family who stressed education.

Virgie began her studies of Spanish at the age of 16 years old during the depression. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 3 years and began her 55 years teaching career in and around Warren and Altus. There she met and married Robert Anderson Rooker in January of 1935. She obtained her Masters Degree in Spanish Literature from Oklahoma University and LaEsuela Interamericana of Salitillo, Coah, Mexico in 1954. After her retirement from Altus High School and Altus Junior College, she moved to Denton, Texas in 1995 and at the age of 81 she began her new career of creative writing, winning many writing awards at both state and local levels and then began selling some of her short stories to a magazine. Always humble, she was absolutely thrilled that someone wanted to pay her for work.

Virgie will be greatly missed by all those many family members, extended church family, former students and friends everywhere.

At her beloved Fairhaven in Denton, Texas where she lived, one of the residents said, "Virgie was the glue that kept us altogether and going. Until her recent illness she walked a mile a day, led exercise classes 3 time per week, attended church 3 times a week, and was busy to the end. She loved compassionately, unconditionally never felt self pity, totally responsibility for her own life and actions. She lived with expectancy, not expectations. If she could not be totally useful in this life and help others she was ready and unafraid to return home to her creator. She Stated, "I don't have time to grow old!"

Funeral Services are scheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2000 at Lowell Tims Funeral Home Chapel with Ardron Hinton officiating. Interment will follow i the Warren Cemetery un the direction of Lowell Tims Funeral Home.

2:00 PM

Lowell-Tims Chapel


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