Margurite Mary Hrcek Barton was born by the grace, mercy and love of God on July 12, 1929 in Schulenburg, Texas to Anton & Stella Krystinik Hrcek. She was blessed with siblings Stella Haba, sister and her brother Benny Hrcek.
She married Alvin M Barton, Sr. on May 1, 1947 and moved to Borden, also known as Oak Grove area, where she was later the “Oak Grove News” (in The Weimar Mercury); where she lived until 2017/2018. Margurite was a housewife all her life and lived out her sacred calling as a good and faithful wife, loving mother to her children, and a servant of Christ and His Church.
Margurite and Alvin were blessed with their children Alvin M Barton, Jr., born on June 1, 1949 and Harvey R Barton, born on February 1, 1953.
Pastor Beyer referred to Margurite as “God’s Baker,” because for many years she was always baking all sorts of desserts for fellowship opportunities following Sunday morning services. Following each service, she would clean up and lock up the sanctuary. She would bake cookies during the Advent season and give them away for Christmas. Everyone loved her fruit salad. And she loved Vacation Bible School, and cooking for those kids.
Her life was filled with so many activities and joys. She cooked many a meal for any visitors, any time of day. There was always more than enough food to eat, and a plate to go. Her signature meal was ground meat and gravy, mashed potatoes and corn. For years, her grandsons swore she never put onions in. She loved baking cakes and cookies. She was busy with her garden, picked cotton and corn by hand. People would come buy vegetables and she sold some in Rubin’s grocery.
On weekends they would go fishing. She loved to share her stories of fishing and even shared a good stink bait recipe. She loved having her grandkids over, as well as her great-grand kids later on. They have fond memories of hunting coons at night. She loved to do puzzles and word search puzzles, a practice she continued at the nursing home.
Following the death of “Grandpa” on March 28, 1993, Margurite began a new life. She became very active in church. She found a love for Dollar General and all the little trinkets she loved to buy for her shelves. She was known to go thru Bert’s Kitchen after church and buy a drumstick for herself and one for her dog, Tiny. She loved her animals, even cooked a meal for them when she was home.
Margurite had hip replacement surgery and went to Regency Nursing Facility in Schulenburg for rehabilitation and therapy. She quickly adapted to a new life of food being made for her, activities of bingo and dominoes, and listening to polka music. She had several autographed pictures of Chris Rybak in her room. She liked making patients laugh.
Margurite died rather unexpectedly, following a break in her ankle and brief hospitalizion. She left us on Sunday, December 11, 2022, where she passed from this world peacefully. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband, her son Alvin Jr. She is survived by her son Harvey Ray Barton, and wife Charlotte “Shorty,” grandson Jason, wife Melissa, and Jared and friend Stephanie Meyer, and grandson Brandon Barton. She is also survived her great-grandkids-– Clay, Conner, Chesney and Jade Barton.
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