Alice Cordelia Marra "Babe" English
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Alice Cordelia Marra English ("Babe), a Kansas City girl from the "Show Me State," drew her last breath at 5:33 a.m. Saturday June 27, 2020, just short of her 90" birthday, Aug. 6. A "cold-hands, warm-heart" lady whose life touched hundreds: As wife who put up with husband Terry for 63 years, and with forbearance taught him patience and let him see the depth of her love; As mother whose happy childhood prepared her for raising three daughters, Mara Joyce, Lisa Marie and Angela Rose, leaving them with a lifetime of fond memories, joyous experiences, each with individual personalities and talents; As a compulsive volunteer, she was actively involved with the old St. Gerard School Home and School Association, coached girls' volleyball, softball, and basketball teams in the Catholic Schools Athletic League and served week-daily at the Sippy Stand during recess. As an intensely competitive athlete who played with BREC slow-pitch softball, volleyball, and pickleball teams as "Miss Alice" or "Babe," a nickname given by her brothers playing pickup baseball on Spruce Street in her Kansas City neighborhood; As a competitor and volunteer with Louisiana Senior Olympics participating in many sports, including slow-pitch softball (Her 70+ "Cajun Belles" team won National Gold), swimming, basketball, shot put, javelin, pickleball, winning enough medals and ribbons to decorate a Christmas tree; As 2002 "Senior Olympian of the Year," she was Inducted into the 2007 LSOG "Hall of Fame" and won the LSOG "Athlete of the Year" in 2012". (With the late Bob Keller paired as the "Sts. Peter and Paul of Pickleball", introducing the oddly named sport to Baton Rouge). As a talented and creative seamstress, who loved sewing for other people at 1950's prices, making Barbie Doll clothes, dressing dolls for little girls, outfitting her daughters from childhood to wedding day, all the while inspiring third daughter, Angie, who inherited her sewing talent and athleticism to open in 1989 a business, Gee's Aerobics and Activewear, where she worked for many years; instilling in first-daughter Mara a knack for crafts which she markets on the internet and craft shows; with middle daughter Lisa inheriting ".05 percent" of her mother's athleticism but 99.95 percent of her brother Mike's laid-back personality and comical outlook on life; And, as an amateur artist whose oil paintings hang in a church offices and others' homes and businesses. "Babe" (She hated the name "Cordelia") attended Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School in Kansas City, but transferred to nearby Northeast High Public School because they had a sports program and a swimming pool, excelling in basketball, high-platform diving, swimming, baseball and field hockey, graduating in 1948. Preceded in death by her parents Anthony James and Joyce Mauldin Marra; siblings Mary Ann, Vincent, Anthony, Jr. (Pud), Michael and Natalie; and grandson Neal Howard Young. Survived by her husband Philip Terence, three girls and their husbands Jerry Young (Mara); Chris Helm (Angela) of Baton Rouge, and Randy Strickler (Lisa) of Denham Springs; grandson Shaun Rushing, Denham Springs; granddaughter Rachel Rushing, Orlando, Fla.; Kayla Rushing, Denham Springs; Christian Helm; Brandon and Heather Young and great-grand-daughter Erica Young, Baton Rouge; great-grandson, Cameron Young, of Walker; Delores (Mrs. Mike) Marra, Kansas City; and many nieces and nephews. Wake (Masks Please) at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 followed by 3 p.m. Wednesday July 1 Funeral Mass at St. John Vianney, 16166 South Harrell's Ferry Rd. The family recognizes Earth Angels Joyce and Kenneth Branson of Higginsville, Mo; Oschner Dr. Timothy Durel, Trudy Hayygood, Baton Rouge; Nurse Jodi Seals and staff of Clarity Hospice, and Oschner physical therapist Casey. Instead of flowers, donate on behalf of Alzheimer research: www.alzbr.org.

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Published in The Advocate from Jun. 29 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
Jeff and I always enjoy our visits to Baton Rouge. Our trip wouldnt be complete without a visit to see Babe and Terry. Babe was always full of life and so energetic and so much fun to hang out with. One of our fondest memories is a surprise visit to celebrate Babes 80th birthday and hang out with family and friends to celebrate her. We even played a friendly game of volleyball. We were blessed to know Babe and she definitely will be missed.
Love to the family.
Jeff and Shannon❤
Shannon Phillips and Jeff Johnson
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July 3, 2020
My sister and I were blessed to have known Babe through our connection with Terry and the Louisiana Songwriters Association. And, even before that I remember her at all of the St. Gerard school functions and growing up at Redemptorist. Also, Angie was a classmate at RHS. Mrs. English was always such a positive, uplifting person with a servant's heart. My prayers for Terry and your entire family!

Sincere Condolences,
Lea Anne Schroeder and Beverly Schroeder Locker
Lea Anne Schroeder
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June 30, 2020
I have so so many happy memories of your family. I remember spending long weekends at your home. I often think about your mom making Friday night Tacos and lots of love and laughter. Your mom taught me how to do counted cross stitch, which I still do today.
I know she will be missed by many.
Sending hugs and love from Texas.
Kathleen McIlhenny Turk
Kathleen Turk
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June 30, 2020
I remember sweet Mrs. English so well .. as a child, I played with neighborhood kids Mara, Lisa and Angie, being closest in age to Mara. I recall her making the Barbie clothes and doing some sewing for our family. And, I have the stunning dress she made for my parents 50th anniversary, and my sister Linda has hers. She was one of those I call a sewing genius, who could make a dress without a storebought pattern! She was a so very special, one of a kind lady, I never realized how talented she was or how full her life was, and I wonder how she ever found time to do all she did! God bless her, and prayers for Terry, Mara, Lisa and Angie. Shelly Fowler
Shelly Fowler
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June 30, 2020
We are keeping all of you in our prayers. She was a wonderful person and such a talent. I hope all your memories bring you comfort and Gods love for you carries you through this difficult time.
Michelle and Wayland Conway
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June 30, 2020
Your mom was such a wonderful person! I will always remember her and staying with yall when we were young! May God bless yall and keep you all in his loving arms.
Joni Aucoin
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June 30, 2020
Mrs. Alice was always so positive, smiling, and enthusiastic! She never said no, that cant be done or thats impossible. She was a beautiful woman, and Im glad to have known her.
Amy Arnold
June 30, 2020
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Peggy Gary
June 30, 2020
"Babe" , to us, her only "name",was one of the most joyous persons that Barbara and I have ever met. She was positive, always friendly with a big smile. "Uncle" Terry was blessed to have met, loved and married her. Our condolences to the Terry English family. She was a Home Run. Paul and Barbara Couvillion, Hendersonville, NC.
Paul and Barb Couvillion
Family
June 30, 2020
My condolences Uncle Terry, Mara, Lisa, Angie and family on your loss. Aunt Babe was a truly kind and good person. I was blessed to have her as my Aunt. The world has lost a great soul, but now heaven must be celebrating her arrival.
Mary Theresa Marra
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June 30, 2020
My aunt was a very loving and caring person and was always there when needed she will be missed dearly love to the rest of the family
Toni & jaylene
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June 30, 2020
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Mary Marra
June 30, 2020
To the English family, my sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Babe was a sweet and most caring woman. My heart goes out to the entire family.
Melissa Edsell
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June 30, 2020
Ms Alice was such a special person in my life. How blessed are her daughters to have been raised by such a positive and warm person. I will be praying for all of you.
Janet Magee
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