1927….. the year Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic Ocean non-stop by plane, the year Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in a season, the year the first “talking” motion picture was made, and the year Seroba Bowdoin Marsh was born…it was a very good year.
Seroba, the third of three children, was born to Maggie Udora Covington Bowdoin, and James Oscar Bowdoin on Jan. 31, 1927 in Samson. After graduating from Coffee Springs High School, she attended Auburn University (then Alabama Polytechnic Institute), majoring in Vocational Home Economics. Following graduation in 1948, she married her high school sweet heart, Barney Woodrow Marsh, and moved to Enterprise where she taught first grade at College Street Elementary School for the next seven years. Through this job, she discovered her true calling: working with children. In 1955, Seroba left College Street to open her own private kindergarten, The Gingerbread Kindergarten. Over the next 52 years, Seroba taught more than a thousand children, each precious to her, from Enterprise and the surrounding area.
In addition to her career as a teacher, Seroba was actively involved in her community and church, and was devoted to her family. Seroba was a long standing member of the Quest Study Club, “The Sorority” social club, and Delta Kappa Gamma honor society for teachers. She was named Enterprise Woman of the Year in 1964 and as a result, became a member of the Enterprise Oscar Club. Seroba was an active member of First Baptist Church in Enterprise where she served as a children’s Sunday school teacher and nursery coordinator for many years. With her husband Barney, Seroba was involved in the recruitment and formation of Enterprise State Junior College, and was a founding member of Enterprise Country Club.
Seroba is survived by her children Melinda (Mindy) Marsh Lalor of Mountain Brook and Alisa (Lisa) Marsh Gyauch of Greenville, S.C.; her sons-in-law William (Bill) Alexander Lalor and Charles Eric Gyauch; grandchildren Kathryn Bowdoin Lalor, Megan Elizabeth Gyauch Maxwell and her husband Joseph Alan Maxwell, William Marsh Gyauch, William Marsh Lalor and his wife Brianne Carswell Lalor; one great-grandchild Hudson Grey Lalor; as well as a multitude of relatives, friends and students whose lives are richer for having known her.
Seroba was preceded in death by her husband, Barney Woodrow Marsh, and her brothers, Wilmoth Bowman Bowdoin of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Samuel Thelma Bowdoin of Samson.
A graveside service will be held for Seroba at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30th, at Meadowlawn Cemetery, 6128 Geneva Highway. Masks requested.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Seroba Bowdoin Marsh Endowed Scholarship for the Child Development Program of Enterprise State Community College. Send gifts to Attn: Chellye Stump, Enterprise State Community College, P.O. Box 1306, Enterprise, AL 36331.
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