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Marian Josephine Townsend Tanner
Birth: Apr. 20, 1900
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1989
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Hans!! Bernard loves the beautiful frame of roses you made for his Grandmother!! You are so thoughtful!! Love you!!!

Bernard's Beloved Grandmother ~*~

Devout Roman Catholic
Attended St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Dallas for many years.

Born to Alonzo and Agnes Poff Townsend, in Leavenworth, KS. Marian had 2 brothers, George and Eugene. The family lived @ 812 Cherokee for many,many years. Marian's Godparents were her Uncle Matthias Poff and Aunt Elizabeth Poff.

Marian had a nickname -"Little Shack", after her Father, Alonzo "Shack". Her Grandfather William was a Full-Blooded Englishmen. His parents were full-blooded English. Father Alonzo had been born in St. Joseph, MO. A very proud man, and a very strict man. One story was that "Little Shack", who was proper and proud - went into Pop's garden. Suffered the consequences for that trespass.
Pop had four brothers and 1 sister.

At age 16, Marian visited Mexia, TX to stay with her Aunt Marian E. Townsend?? Poff?? (who had worked at the White House as a secretary). The ladies were in Mexia, TX when Marian's eyes met the blue eyes of Herman John Tanner. It was love at first sight. Dad in Leavenworth was furious, Marian would not come home to Kansas. The two lovers eloped and married in Limestone County, Mexia, TX., May 7, 1916. Marian worked at the Showboat Cafe in Dallas, TX near the FairPark Area with Herman afterwards. They are pictured in their aprons to the right.

The couple had two sons, Willard Archie "Son" Tanner, and Jack Dempsey "Dody" Tanner. The boys grew up like most boys, paper routes, odd jobs and helping at the cafe. Along came babysister in 1925, Marian Elizabeth to steal Daddy's heart. Still, the cafe demanded so much of the family's time that Marian went to Amarillo, TX and stayed with family friends Uncle Rufus and Aunt Cleo. Marian stayed so long, that in fact they wanted to adopt her.

Mother travelled to Amarillo, picked up Marian and went to Los Angeles, CA. Marian was even enrolled in school. Mother's brother George Townsend lived in Los Angeles and they stayed in his home. They did, however return to Texas.

In August 1938, Herman, Son, Dody & Marian lived together on Harwood St. in Dallas. But that sames year, Herman J. Tanner died, leaving Mother and 13 year old Marian. So Mother and Marian went for a vacation to Leavenworth to stay with her grandparents. while they were gone, something happened with the landlady Mrs. Deets, and nobody knows exactly what it was. Before Mom and sister returned, the boys moved the family to a duplex on Florence Street. "Son" was soon married and joined the Nacy. "Dody" almost 20, became the man of the house. Buthe was soon drafted into the Army - he stayed three months at fort Campbell, KY. The joy of the birth of a grand-daughter, Linda from Son and Leota's union brought much needed joy to the family.

~*~ GOLD STAR MOTHER ~*~ In 1945, her son "Dody", Jack Dempsey Tanner - was Killed in Action. Marian was 19, she and her Mother were devestated. They had lost Daddy and now a son and brother. They were alone.

In 1946, daughter Marian married Bernard Barnes in Dallas, TX. Mother was alone now. Not long afterwoards, in 1948, her Mother Agnes Poff Townsend died in Leavenworth, KS.
During the next few years - marian suffered breast cancer and had surgery to remove it. Thankfully, she had no further complications.

She had worked at a bakery for a few years, but was referred by friends to Titches in downtown Dallas about 1950. This was an excellent opportunity for Marian!

Marian worked 20 yrs in Titches womenswear department on 2nd floor. She was "The lady with the black hair" and the lady with an eye for fashion for the gals. She ran a good book and was well respected.

In 1960 her Father, Alonzo Townsend passed away. She used her inheritance to buy a home in the Casaview area of Dallas. Her daughter and son-in-law ahd helped her find the perfect house! .

Retiring at age 70, she continued to live alone and enjoyed her grandchildren Linda Tanner-O'Connor, Bernard and Tim Barnes.

On April 10, 1975, Marian lost her son-in-law, Bernard N. Barnes, Jr.. Daughter Marian was now a 49 yr. old widow with 15 yr. old Tim at home. Ironically, on that same fateful day - the family started out celebrating the birth of Bernard and Marian's first grandchild Jennifer Jo Ellen Barnes. Bernard III's first child. The family was torn between the new birth in maternity and Mr. Barnes 3rd heart attack that took his life later that night.

At age 85, she moved in with her daughter Marian Barnes. She enjoyed the company of her great-grandchildren often: Kim and Dawn O'Connor; Jennifer and Daniel Barnes.

Tim married Nancy King in 1987(??) the couple didnot live far from Mother and Ma Tanner. Bernard and family had moved to Katy, TX following Bernard's job. Everyone visited as often as possible those last years, then on one Sunday afternoon when Tim and Nancy were about to leave, Nancy went back into Ma Tanner's room to check on her and said "goodbye". No sooner had Tim and Nancy walked in their front door, the phone rang and Mother Marian Barnes told them that Ma Tanner had died in her sleep so peacefully. What a blessing that she went peacefully, so much loss in a lifetime. Jesus is so very merciful.

Marian is buried at Restland in Dallas beside her son, Dody Tanner. Husband Herman John is on the front row. As of today's date, her grand-daughter Linda Tanner O'Connor is buried next to her Grandfather Herman, and at Grandmother's feet.


THANK YOU Jenna for the Sweet Memories:

Great-Grand Daughter Jennifer Jo Ellen {Barnes} Simmons shared that her Great-Grandmother was a devout Roman Catholic. Jenna has her rosary and will treasure it and pass it on to Maw's Great-Great-Grand Daughter Alison.

Jenna remembers as a youngster that Maw Tanner taught her and her brother Daniel how to do the rosary, the Hail-Marys and many beautiful prayers. Great-Grandmother chose the name Cecilia after her favorite Patron Saint Cecilia - the Patron Saint of Music. Jennifer also chose the name Cecilia, in honor and love of her Great-Grandmother. Jenna had also sponsored her brother Daniel as a Roman Catholic.

Family links: 
  Alonzo John Townsend (1876 - 1960)
  Agnes Poff Townsend (1876 - 1948)
  Herman John Tanner (1893 - 1938)*
  Willard Archie Tanner (1917 - 1994)*
  Jack Dempsey Tanner (1918 - 1945)*
  Marian Elizabeth Tanner Barnes (1925 - 2015)*
  Marian Josephine Townsend Tanner (1900 - 1989)
  George Alonzo Townsend (1902 - 1981)*
  Eugene M. Townsend (1907 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Marian also survived Breast Cancer Surgery.
Restland Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section E next to Son- Jack Dempsey Tanner *Dody*
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