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September 26, 2013

(01/01/1915 - 05/15/201)

Mary Elizabeth Barge Schwaiger was born January 1, 1915, in Memphis, to Jerusha Caroline Barker and John Frederick William Barge, Sr. Mary later met and married her lifelong spouse, Dr. Ernest Polack Schwaiger, D.O. who left this life on September 15, 2010. In Kirksville, Mo. Mary was living and attending college and Ernie was attending medical school where they had met.

Mary was a multifaceted person of many interests. A beloved spouse and mother, she was also an avid reader, N.Y. Times crossword and acrostic solver, tremendously accomplished in the art of cookery, a dedicated genealogist - especially her Barker and Holeman ancestors, a serious world traveler, lover of all things British, believer in the equality of all people, deeply committed to helping others in need both through groups and personally.

Mary E. Schwaiger was a long time member of the South Main Baptist Church in Houston, and was a committed church teacher of the young in her earlier years. In her later years, she worked as a volunteer liaison at the University of Houston, helping newly arrived students from overseas acclimate themselves to their new environment. She also worked as a volunteer teacher of English as their first or second language to women who newly arrived in the International Neighbors Program.

On June 15, 2012 Mary was called home by her Creator at the age of 97 after a long illness. A cherished mother, she leaves to love and remember her two sons, Joseph W. (Bill) and John P. Schwaiger, also a niece, two grand-nieces and a grand-nephew, a multitude of cousins, and a large number of close acquaintances of many years all whose friendships she deeply cherished.

Following her passing in June, 2012, Mary was visited and remembered in services held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, whose Christian caring and concern in both word and deed were deeply moving and of great comfort to her sons and friends. During the Barker Reunion on August 10-11, 2013, Mary and Ernie's son Bill and a family friend, traveled 1000 miles from Houston, and with many Barker Family had a Service of Committal when Mary's ashes and those of her husband Ernest were interred at her family's cemetery in Willmathsville, Mo. on Sunday, August 11, 2013 with the help of Mr. Ambrosia, Mrs. Hewitt, and Mrs. Story. Pastor Doug Stortts, one of Mary's third cousins, spoke a most wonderful eulogy for them.

For anyone wishing to remember her through donation, Mary especially favored the Open Door and the Star of Hope Mission's, both in Houston.

Unto Almighty God we commend His servants Mary and Ernest. Amen

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