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Barbara Jean Marinus

Austin – Barbara Jean Marinus passed away in the early morning of January 9th in Austin, Texas after a brief illness.

Jean was born in Endicott, New York, on July 8, 1947 to parents David and Dorothea (Grubb) Marinus. She was the middle child between her older brother Jon and younger brother Jim and clearly known to be Daddy’s girl. Her father was a programmer for IBM and so the family moved when new IBM plants were being opened. From New York, the family moved to Rochester Minnesota where Jean graduated from John Marshall High School in 1965. Later the family moved to the Boulder Colorado area. Jean worked for the telephone company and eventually headed solo to Austin in the mid-1980s where she was working for Southwestern Bell which was AT&T at the time of her retirement from the company.

Jean’s earliest passion was that of music and undoubtedly inherited from her father. He was a member of the Rochester Men’s chorus and much of the daddy/daughter time was spent going to concerts together. Jean was a choir member in school and in her churches wherever she went. Her favorite genres were the barbershop quartets and the old time gospel hymns. She sang and competed with a group of women in the Sweet Adelines International organization. Members of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church know that her real claim to fame was as the token female member of our church’s homegrown gospel quartet Jean and the Boyz. That genre remained near and dear to her heart as she listened to it in her final days.

In spite of being a musical performer, Jean was a very private person. Her Christian faith was important to her and she took her call to serve seriously. When she moved to Austin, she found a church home at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. It was there that she found her greatest calling and passion; to work with children. As she was winding down her time at AT&T, she began studying to become a certified Parish Christian Educator and later mentored others in their journey through the same program. She honed her gifts by also going through the Stephen Ministry training. She volunteered with the children’s ministry and served as an assistant director before serving on the staff as the Director of Children’s Ministry from 2000-2014. She touched the lives of so many children with her Sunday school classes, her children’s sermons, the musical pageants and programs and too many other blessings to name.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents David and Dorothea Marinus and her brother Jon Marinus. She is survived by her brother Jim (Wendy) Marinus, her nephew Brian and his children as well her numerous children in the faith and their grateful parents. She also leaves behind her close church friends Cathy, Beth, Lynn, Mary Frances, and Beth.

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Jean will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Masks will be required. Her family and friends would like to express their gratitude for the compassionate and excellent care Jean received from Hospice Austin. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to Northwest Hills United Methodist Church (see address above) or Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78759.

Posted online on January 14, 2022

Published in Austin American Statesman

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Memorial Service

Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731

January 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.