Linda Drabek Marshall (’82)

Dr. Linda Drabek Marshall was born into and continued her family’s tradition of reaching the next generation through education. Her mother, Rita Drabek, became the first Principal in Ft. Bend I.S.D. and has a school named after her, an uncle that was principal and superintendent, an aunt that earned her Doctorate and taught at the University of Houston, and cousins that also continue with their educational careers. Her father, Johnny Drabek, received the Silver Star medal and Purple Heart for action in World War II. She began her educational vocation at New Waverly High School teaching Marketing. Moving to Huntsville I.S.D., where she would dedicate her life to education for more than 35 years, she taught Marketing there as well. Her students would achieve success as many would compete and win area, state and National competition. She began a unique program there where the high school students would earn their Apple certification to repair and program computers, not only for the entire H.I S.D., but for many area schools. She became the Director of Career and Technology where she would be recognized in 2011 as the Gulf Coast Director of the Year. She is responsible for implanting at H.I.S.D. the Cosmetology Program, the first in the area’s Fire Academy, E.M.S. program where students could become certified E.M.S. first responders, a commercial greenhouse Horticulture program, a Building’s Trade program that built houses for Habitat for Humanity, Mechanic Technicians that could earn their A.S.E. certifications before graduation, nursing program where many students would begin their nursing careers, law enforcement, along with the traditional agriculture, welding and computer technician programs. In her community of Waterwood, she was a Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Responder and served on the board of the home owner’s association where she inspired the board to build a community park which includes a pavilion and swimming pool. In 1978, Paul Harvey gave a speech titled “So God Made a Farmer,” where he says that on the 8th day God made a farmer. In that respect one would have to conclude that on the 9th day God made an educator. Linda would fit into that mold. A calling to teach, educate, and create an atmosphere where the next generation would continue what they learned and strive to create a better world for themselves and pass forward the lesson to their next generation. She inspired people around her to excellence because she held herself to those high standards. Linda is survived by her loving husband, Donald Marshall; her mother, Rita Drabek; brother, John Drabek; sister in laws, Patricia Slott and Gloria Drabek as well as numerous nieces, nephews, nieces in law, nephews in law and many great nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday, September 10, 2020, 5-7pm; Rosary begins at 7pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville, Texas. Service is Friday, September 11, 2020, 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Waverly, Texas. Interment following service at Shepard Hill Cemetery. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at . Upcoming Events Visitation Sep 10. 5:00 PM 7:00 PM (CST) Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Huntsville 1700 Normal Park Dr. Huntsville, TX 77340 [email protected]

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