Marilyn McAdams Sibley
Marilyn McAdams Sibley was an historian
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 and author
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 who was the president of the Texas State Historical Association
Texas State Historical Association
The Texas State Historical Association or abbreviated TSHA, is a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to documenting the rich and unique history of Texas. It was founded on March 2, 1897. As of November 2008, TSHA moved from Austin to the University of North Texas in Denton.The executive...

 from 1981-1982.

McAdawas born in Walker County
Walker County, Texas
Walker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2010, its population was 67,861. Its county seat is Huntsville.Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas...

 in east Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

 to Horace McAdams and his wife, Nevada McAdams (1894–1969). On June 24, 1944, she married J. Dale Sibley at the First Baptist
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 Church of Huntsville
Huntsville, Texas
Huntsville is a city in and the county seat of Walker County, Texas, United States. The population was 35,508 at the 2010 census. It is the center of the Huntsville micropolitan area....

, the county seat
County seat
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 of Walker County. In her later years, she was again a member of the same congregation.

She received her bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
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 from Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. It is located in Huntsville, Texas. It is one of the oldest purpose-built institutions for the instruction of teachers west of the Mississippi River and the first...

 in Huntsville, her master's degree
Master's degree
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 from the University of Houston
University of Houston
The University of Houston is a state research university, and is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. Founded in 1927, it is Texas's third-largest university with nearly 40,000 students. Its campus spans 667 acres in southeast Houston, and was known as University of...

, and a Ph.D.
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 from Rice University
Rice University
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 in Houston
Houston, Texas
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. She served as professor and chairman of the history department at Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University is a private Baptist institution founded in 1960. It is located in Greater Sharpstown in Houston, Texas near the Southwest Freeway.- History :...

 and was briefly a visiting professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...


Among Sibley's eight books are Travelers in Texas, 1761-1860 (1967), The Port of Houston
Port of Houston
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: A History
(1968), Samuel H. Walker's Account of the Mier Expeditions (1978), The Methodist Hospital
The Methodist Hospital
The Methodist Hospital is a hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Established in 1919 as an outreach ministry of The United Methodist Church, Methodist is one of the most comprehensive teaching hospitals in the United States, with leading specialists in every field of...

 in Houston: Serving the World
(1990), and Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers Before the Civil War (2000). She also penned several articles in the Journal of Southern History and Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas State Historical Association
The Texas State Historical Association or abbreviated TSHA, is a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to documenting the rich and unique history of Texas. It was founded on March 2, 1897. As of November 2008, TSHA moved from Austin to the University of North Texas in Denton.The executive...


In 1974, she was named a fellow of the TSHA. In 1976, Sibley received the Minnie Piper Stevens Award for excellence in teaching. In 1967, she received the Summerfield G. Roberts Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas
Republic of Texas
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 for the best book about Texas published that year. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the American Revolution
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, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the East Texas Historical Association
East Texas Historical Association
The East Texas Historical Association is an organization of professional historians and interested laypersons dedicated to the preservation of the overall history of East Texas, generally defined as that portion of the state east of Interstate 35. The association was founded in 1962 after a long...


J. Dale and Marilyn Sibley had three sons, David McAdams Sibley
David Sibley (politician)
David McAdams Sibley, Sr. , is a lobbyist and attorney in Austin and Waco, Texas, who served from 1991 to 2002 as a Republican member of the Texas State Senate...

, an attorney-lobbyist who served in the Texas State Senate from 1991–2002 and as mayor
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 of Waco
Waco, Texas
Waco is a city in and the county seat of McLennan County, Texas. Situated along the Brazos River and on the I-35 corridor, halfway between Dallas and Austin, it is the economic, cultural, and academic center of the 'Heart of Texas' region....

 from 1987–1988; Dr. Stuart Dale Sibley of Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...

, and Dr. Mark McAdams Sibley of Richardson
Richardson, Texas
Richardson is a city in Dallas and Collin Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 99,223. In 2011 the population was estimated to be 107,684. Richardson is an affluent inner suburb of Dallas and home of the Telecom Corridor with a high...

, Texas. She had two sisters, Dorothy McAdams Sparks, who predeceased her, and Ruth McAdams Ralston of Longview
Longview, Texas
Longview is a city in Gregg and Harrison Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 80,455. Most of the city is located in Gregg County, of which it is the county seat; only a small part extends into the western part of neighboring Harrison County. It is...

 in Gregg County
Gregg County, Texas
There were 42,687 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had...

, Texas, the widow of Robert H. Ralston (1922–1991). She had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held at the McAdams Chapel in Huntsville. Interment followed in McAdams Cemetery there.
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