Marsha Elizabeth Standridge (Nani to her grandchildren), was the fourth child of nine; born to Robert and Ruby Allen on July 28, 1950, in Whitecastle, Louisiana. Marsha excelled in school and pursued a career as a registered nurse. After graduating with honors from UTMB Galveston, Marsha met Robert “Buzz” Standridge. They married in 1974, and had two children: Kimberly Jean and Daryl Lamar.
Marsha’s faith in Christ was a driving force in her life. Early in their marriage, she asked Buzz to join her on a Marriage Encounter weekend where Buzz experienced a conversion and returned to the Catholic Church. Buzz and Marsha moved to Tiki Island and began Sunday worship at St. Patrick’s. Their in-depth involvement in this community would eventually lead to Marsha giving written permission and accompanying Buzz as he became a Deacon. On this journey, she received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies and their faith grew even deeper as a couple.
Adventures and overcoming fears were an ongoing theme throughout Marsha’s life. In 1986, Buzz, Marsha, and their two children left their home, sold most of their belongings, and set out on a sailboat adventure that would take them from Freeport, TX, to Washington D.C. Even though she was greatly afraid of deep water, Marsha rose to the challenge and became the navigator. She did all of this while home-schooling her two children and calming a very anxious captain. Sailing would not be her only adventure. In the 1990’s, she founded a successful home healthcare agency and was critical in helping Buzz with the formation and administration of an engineering firm.
Marsha was preceded in death by her brother Robert Allen, Jr. and her brother-in-law Richard Schmerber. She leaves behind a large and loving family. Her husband, Buzz; her adoring children, Kimberly & Joseph Brown, Daryl and Stacy Standridge; her five grandchildren: Kyra Elizabeth Brown, Isabella Nicholine Brown, Colette Michelle Standridge, Eleanor Grace Brown, and Owen Wylie Standridge. Marsha is also survived by her parents: Robert & Ruby Allen; five sisters: Patricia (Pat) Ott, Cynthia (Cindi) Schmerber, Julia (Julie) DeLeon, Therese (Terri) Elliott, and Linda (NeeNee) Clark; two brothers: William (Bill) Allen, and Lester Allen; and many special nieces and nephews.
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Malloy & Son Funeral Home
Rosary at 7:00 PM.
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 am
St. Patrick Catholic Church