Barbara Murray Sparks Brady, 85, of Orange, went home to be with Jesus on July 27, at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehab in Orange. Private family services were held prior to cremation.

Born in Bryan, on March 26, 1930, she was the daughter of Horace Murray and Albertine Baird. Barbara was a member of the Bengal Guard at Orange High School. “Mamaw Bobbie” was a mother and grandmother extraordinaire. Her grandchildren were the jewels of her life. She could often be found challenging them in Scrabble or other word or card games. She was their #1 cheerleader, and fully supported them in all of their endeavors. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was an avid bowler, an excellent cook, enjoyed crochet and embroidery, and looked forward to each and every fishing hole. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Beverly Edwards.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband Jim Brady, who she referred to as “Gem”. He was a devoted and loyal husband and caregiver for 29 years; son, Clay “Sparky” Sparks and wife Becky, of Orange; stepson, Mike Brady; stepdaughter, Carla Kimberly and husband Clarence, all of Duncan, Ok; grandchildren, Kristen Sparks, Brandon Sparks, Casey Sparks, Natasha Kimberly, Ashley Kimberly and Ethan Kimberly; brother, Howard Murray and wife Carole and her nephews, Keith Edwards and wife Robin, and Patrick Edwards.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or any animal shelter.