Mary Belle Burleson Schrimpf

Mary Burleson Schrimpf, 96, passed peacefully Jan. 7 to join family, friends, and the Lord.

Born in Navarro County in 1914 to James David Burleson and Stella Ann Marsh, Mary was one of nine siblings. She moved to Dallas in 1922 and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1934.

For more than 60 years, Mary and her late husband, John A. Schrimpf, a noted engineer and AIA architect, lived in University Park. Mary was involved in many civic organizations and was a renowned national flower judge. She was a founding member of the Dallas Garden Center at Fair Park, was an active member in DRT and DAR, and served on the Alamo committee. She was active in the World Council of Affairs and the Dallas Women’s Forum, and she hosted many dignitaries at her home.

Considered the historian of the family, Mary spent countless hours documenting both the Burleson and Marsh families as the pioneering group who helped establish the great state of Texas.

Faith was a guiding principle in her life, and she attended First Methodist Church in Dallas, Lakewood Assembly of God, Highland Park Baptist, and most recently Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Keller.

Survivors include her only son, John Burleson Schrimpf, and his wife, Pixie Lynne; their six children, Joshua, Seth, Mistybleu, Aaron, Jonathan, and Raven; and 10 great grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 12 at the Corley’s Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, Texas. Afterwards, she was laid to rest in a family section of Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro, Texas.

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Mary Schrimpf obituary.

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