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  • Rosemary Ermis
    BARBARA N. BABS URBAN GONZALES - Barbara Nell Babs Urban, 90, of Gonzales, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013. Babs was born October 4, 1922 in Goliad
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 14, 2013


      GONZALES - Barbara Nell "Babs" Urban, 90, of Gonzales, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013.


      Babs was born October 4, 1922 in Goliad County to Temple and Daisy Barnes Cash.

      Living on the outskirts of Cuero, Babs rode a donkey to school before she got big enough to roller skate to school. Her father operated a dairy and Babs would frequently deliver milk on her roller skates as well. Her dad called her "boy," maybe it was because Babs was tomboy or that Babs worked and played as hard as any boy. After she had graduated from high school, Babs' many accomplishments included teaching ball room dancing at an Arthur Murray Studio in Austin.


      She was an avid trail rider and rode with the Rawhide Riders and Chisholm Trail Riders. She was also a member of the San Antonio Palomino Patrol. Babs loved horses, she loved to ride and care for them, this love of riding fell to her children and grandchildren.


      Babs never missed one of her grandchildren's rodeos. She was "Meme" to her grandchildren and Meme, being an excellent seamstress, sewed many of their rodeo blouses. It wasn't uncommon for her grandchildren to see Meme washing one of their horses, preparing them for an event or cooling them down afterward. She spent hours and hours at their rodeos cheering them on with an intense competitive spirit. Babs never got old, she wouldn't let herself.


      She stayed "silly" and when things got to serious, there was Meme with a "snoot face" to lighten the mood.


      When Babs wasn't at the rodeo or tending to horses, she was cooking or rearranging her furniture, she was never one to be tempted by idleness, Babs lived every moment of everyday to its fullest.


      Barbara Nell "Babs" Urban is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ray Embree of Staples, Teena and Darby Byer of Gonzales, sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Marcia Miller of Leakey, Rocky and Becky Urban of Victoria, Dennis Urban of Houston, sister, Marjorie Peters of Kopperl, 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.


      She was a preceded in death by her parents, a son, Chuck Miller, 2 brothers, W.C. and T.C. Cash, grandchildren, Chad Sibert and Jeff Urban.


      A memorial service was held on Monday in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Ken Calloway officiating. Memorials may be made to the South Texas Children's Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104 or Legacy Ranch 13326 Highway North 183 Gonzales TX 78629. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.


      Victoria Advocate

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