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Marie Claire Dial
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 29, 1936
  • Place of birth:
    Houston, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: May 2, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Austin, Texas, United States
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure,

Marie Claire Dial, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on May 2, 2015, at the age of 78.

Marie was born in Houston, Texas on June 29, 1936 to August and Arthemise Baldowski. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1954. Marie soon met the love of her life, Donald (Don) Bruce Dial, also from the Houston area. They married on August 31, 1955 and subsequently moved to Austin where they purchased their present home in Fairview Park, overlooking downtown Austin, and where they raised four children and shared a remarkable and loving marriage of almost 60 years.

While Marie worked in various jobs over the years, mostly providing loving day care services to Austin infants, her major commitment was to being the finest wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother that she could be. She assumed the roles of classroom mom, scout leader and chief transporter for her very active kids. Marie had a natural love of beauty and art and she never failed to have a yard full of colorful blooms and an artist’s canvas in the works! She most enjoyed the years when she took part in women’s art groups, taking art lessons and attending workshops around the Austin area. Also among Marie’s greatest joys were family vacations and traditional family and holiday gatherings.

Marie is survived by her husband Don Dial, sister Wanda Gilbert; children, Glenn Dial (Heidi), David Dial (Marla), Karen Sperry (Jack) and Larry Dial; grandson, Robert Dial (Jennifer), great grandson Dawson Dial, as well as other extended family and relatives, mostly from the central Texas area.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, August and Arthemise Baldowski, her sister, Sylvia Dandy and her brother-in-law, Ronnie Gilbert.

In keeping with the wishes of Marie and Don, a private family celebration of Marie’s life will be held on Saturday, May 9, which appropriately falls on Mother’s Day weekend.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Celiac Disease Foundation at or to Any Baby Can at

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This tribute was added by Karen Sperry on 16th May 2015

"The Dial family would like to sincerely thank the many acquaintances,  friends and relatives who shared caring condolences on the loss of our mother, Marie Claire. Please know that each and every card, flower, plant, phone call, email or any other form of outreach to pay tribute to Marie or to console our hearts has been greatly appreciated!"

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