SMITHWICK — Sixty-three-year-old Marcia Blayney spent 30 years building her home piece by loving piece in the 200 block of Helen’s Road, only to see it destroyed by a fire in a few hours on Oct. 28.
“It was absolutely her paradise. She loves nature walks, she listens to the birds. She hand-raised squirrels there,” said Blayney’s daughter Arwen Blayney-Lietz, who lives in Austin. “She cut every board length and nailed every board. She did literally build it herself.”
PHOTO: A 63-year-old mother, who also is a former Marble Falls school bus driver, and her 44-year-old son have lost their home in a fire on Helen’s Road in Smithwick. Family is asking for the community’s help to rebuild the structure. Staff photo by Connie Swinney