Margaret Cornish DeBarba
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Margaret Cornish DeBarba
  • October 13, 1929 - September 20, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Margaret Cornish DeBarba died peacefully on September 20, 2017, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 87. Born in the seaside town of Tenby, Wales where WWII bombs and rations would be the norm, she was one of ten Eastlake family children. At age 14 she moved to northern England to live with her beloved paternal aunt and uncle. Margaret studied art at Manchester University, won a gold medal from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and was crowned Miss Pembrokeshire.



Young widowhood would prompt Margaret Eastlake Williams to move to Canada, where she met and married New Zealander Brian Cornish. Their happy 40-year union produced two children and corporate moves to cities across the USA and abroad. She continued to paint, achieving signature status in the National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society, and President Emeritus of Studio 1212. She was published and exhibited extensively, her last show at the 2017 Nasty Women Art Exhibition in NY, a fundraiser for women’s rights. She was also an avid bridge player and voracious reader. After Brian’s sudden death, she would later meet Ed Debarba, the two enjoying a marriage of world travel, books, movies, and affection. After widowhood once again, Ms. Margaret would make her final home at the Belmont in Dallas, where she was a keen follower of current events.



Margaret will be remembered for her empathy, talent, beauty, humor, and generosity. She will be deeply missed. Survived by daughter Jane Cornish Smith, son John B. Cornish, stepdaughter Beth DeBarba, son-in-law J.Allen Smith, daughter-in-law Ramia H. Cornish, grandchildren M.Allen Smith, Christine Cornish Smith, Brian Z. Cornish, Haley J. Cornish, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. A reception to be held at the Mayfair Skyclub, 3401 Lee Pkwy in Dallas, Sunday October 8 at 2 pm; service in Clearwater, Florida, Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Rd, Sunday October 29 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.