Barbara Walton Marbut, wife of the late Perry Kearn Marbut of Gadsden, AL, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Jacksonville, FL, one day shy of the 89 birthday.Barbara grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, attended Perkinston Junior College and Auburn University, where she studied to become a history and physical education teacher. She married Kearn on June 13, 1948. After living in Gadsden, AL, for several years, they moved to Valencia, Venezuela, where he worked for Goodyear International and she taught school at Colegio Internacional De Carabobo. In 1963, the family transferred to Cali, Colombia, where they spent many wonderful years, and then in 1981 to Kingston, Jamaica. They retired back to Gadsden, AL, where she and Kearn resided until 2012.Barbara had a passion for her family, playing tennis, bridge and was active in her church at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, AL. She was a dedicated and wonderful mother and grandmother with a strong spirit, determination, dry wit and love for all. Her kindness, sweet hugs and kisses and laughter will be missed by many. Barbara was a rock.She was preceded in death by her parents, Irma and Rev. Robert Walton; sister, Gloria Walton Singletary of Lexington, KY; and her husband, Kearn Marbut. Barbara is survived by her daughters, Stacie Marbut Manis of Jacksonville, FL, and Allyson Marbut of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Walton Seay Davis of Montgomery, AL, Kara Jennifer Williamson (Matt) of San Diego, CA, and Elizabeth Tenorio of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Robert Lee Walton (Alice May) of Holly Springs, MS.There will be a memorial service for her friends from Sunrise at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Sunrise Assisted Living, 4870 Belfort Road, Jacksonville, FL. A family and friend memorial service will be held at a later date on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she and her husband will be reunited in nature. Service details will be shared with family and friends at a later date.We ask that donations be given in her name to First United Methodist Church of Gadsden; or to Heartland Hospice of Jacksonville at 8130 Baymeadows Way West #201, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com.