Marita Mae Marney |

Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Marita Mae Marney

Marita Mae Marney, 84, of Bridgeport, died Monday, June 11, 2018, in Bridgeport.

Service is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with Gene Oyler and the Rev. Jack McBride officiating. A private burial will be at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

Pallbearers are Michael McComis, Jordan Logan, Elisha Marney, Jared McComis, Gideon Logan, Reagan Marney, Joseph Marney and Nathan Graves.

Honorary pallbearers are Aaron Logan, Nolan Graves, Nevan Graves and Benjamin Marney.

Marita was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Dennis to William Earnest and Opal Lorraine (Hatton) Plumlee. She married Bill Marney Dec. 30, 1950, in Hope, Ark. They were married more than 67 years.

Marita was a self-taught artist, sound technician, interior designer, political activist, cook and baker, as well as a business owner. Marita and Bill were founding members of the Wise County Republican Party. She also was a founding member of the Bridgeport Art Club.

Bill and Marita were members of The Glory Express, a southern gospel singing group where she learned how to run the sound board as they traveled the country. The Glory Express members were heavily involved in the Mommas and Poppas variety show tradition to raise money for the Bridgeport Band Boosters. Marita and Bill were camp counselors at Falls Creek Baptist Camp, and she taught art classes and had an interior design business. She also taught school at Christian Heritage School at Faith Temple Church.

Marita was preceded in death by her parents; brothers FH, Billy Wayne and Adrian; sister Barbara June; and granddaughters Emily Logan and Neely Graves.

She is survived by her husband; daughters Carolyn McComis and husband, Keith, Toni Logan and husband, Brad, and Teresa Graves and husband, Greg, all of Bridgeport; sons Scott Marney of Lewisville and Eric Marney and wife, Shannon, of Boyd; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Peggy Hartsell and husband, Tommy, of Nocona; and brother Sherrian Plumlee of Bridgeport.

Donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.

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