The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

January 19, 2006

Dr. Marilyn McAdams Sibley


Dr. Marilyn McAdams Sibley

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother



Dr. Marilyn McAdams Sibley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, noted historian and author, passed from this life on Jan. 19, 2006, after a short illness. Dr. Sibley was born Sept. 30, 1921, in rural Walker County to Nevada and Horace McAdams.

She married J. Dale Sibley on June 24, 1944 at First Baptist Church of Huntsville. Dr. Sibley received a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, a Masters degree from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D from Rice University. Dr. Sibley served as professor and chairman of the history department at Houston Baptist University, a visiting professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and an instructor at the University of Houston. She authored eight books including Travelers In Texas (1967) and Lone Stars and State Gazettes (1983). She served as president of the Texas State Historical Association and authored numerous articles including articles in the Journal of Southern History and Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Among the awards Dr. Sibley received are the Piper Award for excellence in teaching in 1976 and the Summerfield G. Roberts Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas for the best book about Texas published in 1967.

Dr. Sibley was a member of First Baptist Church of Huntsville where she attended the Golden Rule Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years and the love of her life, J. Dale Sibley; a sister, Ruth McAdams Ralston of Longview; three sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy McAdams Sparks; brother-in-law, Ray Sparks and brother-in-law, Bob Ralston.

Her sons are Dr. David McAdams Sibley and wife, Pam of Waco; Dr. Stuart Dale Sibley and wife, Debra, of Dallas and Dr. Mark McAdams Sibley and wife, Miriam, of Richardson.

There are eight grandchildren, Rachel Sibley Reid of Keller, Texas; David McAdams Sibley Jr. of Waco, Texas; Jonathan Sibley of Waco; Brooke Allison Sibley of Dallas; Patrick Sibley of Richardson; Austin Sibley of Richardson; Lee Sibley of Richardson and Meredith Sibley of Richardson.

There are two great-grandchildren, David Coleman Reid and Maryn Elizabeth Reid of Keller, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 at McAdams Chapel, under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. David Valentine officiating. Interment will follow at McAdams Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church, 1229 Ave J at the 13th Street entrance, Huntsville.

Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at www.shmfh.com.