Marberine Kirby Wolaver of Italy was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Avalon to William “Bill” and Clemmie Etta Southard Kirby and died on May 23, 2011.  She attended Avalon schools, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1947.

After attending nursing school in Waxahachie, she worked as a nurse at the Waxahachie Sanitarium (now Baylor Medical Center) where she met her husband, Frank Tolbert “Tollie” Wolaver. They were married on Dec. 31, 1957, and made their home in Italy. She was an excellent seamstress and cook. She could make a costume for a school play with only a few hours notice. If no band uniforms were available to fit the current high school band members, she could duplicate one in hours. She was always available with homemade cookies and drinks for school parties.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Wolaver Harris and husband, Henry, and Carol Wolaver all of Italy; and one granddaughter, Hannah Harris.  Marberine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 10a.m.Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the Italy Cemetery with the Rev. Carson Hastings officiating.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.