Margaret Lovelace

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Please note that the Eulogy from Mrs. Lovelace's funeral is below the newspaper obituary: LINDEN, TX Funeral services for Margaret Ann Lovelace, 85, of Linden, will be at 10:30am, Monday, October 18, 2010 at Linden United Methodist Church with Bro. Kevin Young and Joe B. Lovelace officiating. Interment will follow in Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home, Inc. in Linden. A visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4pm at the funeral home. Mrs. Lovelace was born September 19, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Bryan and Thelma Atkinson Scott. She passed away Thursday, October 14, 2010 at her home. She was office manager for Lovelace and Dowd Law Firm in Linden, Sunday School director for Linden United Methodist Church, a member of the Linden Garden Club, and was named Citizen of the Year by the Linden Chamber of Commerce. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joe Wells Lovelace of Linden; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe B. and Renee Lovelace of Dripping Springs, Texas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine and Gary Howell of Dallas, Carol Ann Lovelace of Linden, and Stephanie Lovelace and Sergio Torres of Dallas; two sisters, Mary Ethel Mueller of San Jose, California, and Thelma Jean Horton of Holcomb, Mississippi; 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous other family members and a host of friends. Memorials may be made to Linden United Methodist Church. EULOGY In Celebration of the Life Of Margaret Scott Lovelace First United Methodist Church Linden, Texas October 18, 2010 This is not to be a sad service but a time for the joyful remembrance of the life of Margaret Scott Lovelace. Thank you, Paula and Richard, for the love songs selected by my father to represent that time when a nation of young men and women were uprooted from their homes and thrown into a world at war. Dad and mom met in that time, 1944, in Pensacola Florida. They were accidentally introduced by Dr. Gruelick (Dads Navy Dentist) who invited him home for supper at the house where he rented out a room. When Dad arrived and saw mom and her two Aunts, he told Dr. Gruelick he didnt live in a rental he lived in a harem. My mother was 19, very adventuresome, having left her small town in Mississippi to stay with her Aunts to enjoy the times that offered dances every evening with handsome navy aviators at the Officers Club. Mom, who had never met my father, was ready to be taken, as usual, to dance. But this aviator showed up in his kakis not his whites - which was a dead give away that he was clueless how to dance, which he still is to this day. As much as my Mom loved to dance she never held it against him that he didnt. When my dad shipped out to the Pacific my Mom followed him from Florida to California on a troop train. Never would I allow my 18 year old daughter alone on Amtrak much less a train full of young men heading off to war. But those were different times. Mom and Dad married in July, 1945 and, as you know, just celebrated there 65th wedding anniversary in July. Dad was flying wounded from the Pacific to Hawaii and then on to San Francisco. He was aware that he would have a 3 day leave and sent word by one of his friends to Mom that she should get the marriage license and arrange for an official to conduct the ceremony. Afterwards, they began to look for a room in the city. The USO was the place to go but the hostess said there were no rooms in the city or Oakland. When Mom and Dad explained they had only 3 days for a Honeymoon she said you come home to stay with me. Yes, those were different times. Times when couples bonded and produced marriages that lasted for life. My dad was born in Queen City, raised in Linden - except for the war and Baylor Law School, he knew he would always return to Cass County. Mom was a native of rural Mississippi and likely felt my Dad was just going to put her in a house outside the city limits to keep her down on the farm. As my Dad likes to tell it after they moved here from Waco they quickly had 3 kids before they figured out what was causing it. But, Mom, being strong willed and determined, was not about to be a kept woman. With 3 kids on her hip by 1952 she continued her education by driving Hwy 59 from Linden to Texarkana ultimately graduating with a secretarial degree from Texarkana College. Early in the 60s she moved into Dads law practice and until the date he retired in 1995 we all know her name should have been first in the sign that said The Lovelace Law Firm. She kept books, prepared documents, scheduled appointments and gave out advice especially to young ladies who arrived at their appointments too scantly clad to see her son. Her motto was on a sign prominently displayed in her office, Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way. Mom was a rule setter and she expected those rules to be obeyed. When growing up it was OK to take our car to the Dairy Queen to visit our friends but she wanted us home once Mr. Sheffield turned off the lights and closed. One Sunday night Elaine and I broke that curfew. We were in the lot with a bunch of other kids including what back then would be called Lindens thugs. Mom showed up, drove through the lot, blew her horn, circled her finger like Ward Bond in the air and everyone scattered. Mom loved Linden and I like to think she helped move it in the right direction along with many others. She was chair of the committee that raised money, selected and erected our first Christmas lights that decorated the courthouse square. In a letter she sent to out to her committee under her signature she put the initials HWIC. A member came back and asked her what that stood for? She said Head Woman in Charge. And when Johnny Thompsons mail truck came through and tore them down. She went to Atlanta and collected from Mr. Thompson what was needed to put them back up eliminating any doubt that she was the HWIC. My mom loved L-K football. She was a great supporter when I played and very passionate in the stands. I can still hear her hollering out to me on the field. I witnessed her passion one Friday night in the stands after I graduated. It was a rival game between Atlanta/L-K. We won in the last few seconds. Linden fans went wild but my dad wasnt showing enough emotion for Mom so she grabbed his hat and threw it like a Frisbee out onto the field. Dad and Mom would disagree occasionally and the arguments usually were settled in her favor. I remember she wanted a swimming pool. Dad said he wouldnt agree. He went to Austin on his annual trip with his friends to the State Basketball Tournament and when he came back there was a hole for the swimming pool in the back yard. Afterwards, if anyone said anything to Dad about his pool, Mom would quickly correct them by saying, Thats my pool. Mom loved family. Every Sunday after Church for several years she cooked dinner for Uncle Jeep, Aunt Sis, Donna, Corley, Bryan and me. Home cooking with lots of clean up. As much food as you would see at Bryces Cafeteria. And, she never turned down the request of a grandchild if the food they wanted had been overlooked. I never really thanked her enough for that. And, Stephanie you remember how she would leave Linden after work on Friday, drive 6 hours to San Marcos to spend the weekend with you and then come back on Sunday night for work Monday morning showing absolutely no weariness. Margaret Scott Lovelace will always be remembered as a beautiful woman. At the visitation on Sunday, I appreciated the comments from her peers that she always appeared in public impeccably dressed, hair stylish, with perfectly matched nails and jewelry. The family wants you to know that we have arranged for Moms wardrobe to be donated to a shelter for women who are entering the workforce. A fitting tribute to the memory of a woman who climbed to the top of that ladder. I want to recognize Moms sisters who came from California and Mississippi. They were very close and we appreciate the effort they made to be here. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great citizen of Linden. For the family, I want to thank the community for all the love, care and support you have given to my mom and dad over the years of her suffering. I want to recognize Dad, Carol Ann and Moms caregivers, and thank you for your sacrifice to stay with her keeping her in dignity as you experienced her death as her mind died but her body remained behind. There is a sense of relief, here and now, that no one should feel ashamed of, for we know she has gone to a better place.

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  1. No words can replace the pain the family feels at this time. A wise man has taught me to allow those emotions to flow through your thoughts and minds so the pain can heal your sorrow. Much love will surround you in thoughts and fond memories. The wise man is J.Don Corley.

  2. Margaret and Joe were the very first people I met when I made my initial trip to Linden with Nancy Rountree way back in 1984. I was always impressed with Margaret's kindness and southern hospitality, and she was such a great neighbor to Earl Wayne and Gretna. May she rest in peace.

  3. To the Lovelace Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow. May God be with each one of you is our prayer.Dane and Rosia

  4. Margaret was one of my dearest and closest friends from the time I met her in 1964. We had many heart to heart talks and many wonderful and fun times.I loved her and her family and will keep her memories in a close place in my heart.

  5. I will always have fond memories of Mrs. Margaret. She was a great person and role-model. May she rest in peace. Joe W., Joe B., Elaine, Carol Ann and Steph you are in my prayers. Try to find solace in the fact that she has moved on to a better place and will no longer suffer.

  6. Joe B, so sorry for your loss. It seems a million years since we have talked. God bless you and your family in the loss of your mom.

  7. our deepest sympathy and prayers. Mae Rucker, Frank and Mary Rucker, Roger and Margie Manning and Marsha and Travis Bradford

  8. I love you mamma. I will be there Monday to tell you goodbye. You are whole again with no more fear, confusion or pain. How I miss our talks. I thought of you daily even though I was far away. Your granddaughters miss you. I am bringing Isabella to meet her Mimi. You will always be in my heart.

  9. Mr. Joe, you and your family are in our prayers. Mrs. Margaret will be greatly missed. She was such a wonderful lady…I'm blessed to have you both in my childhood memories!

  10. Joe W. and family: I was very saddened to learn of Margaret's death. Although I will not be able to attend the funeral in person, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bob Ford

  11. Please accept our condolences.Though grateful that Margaret is at peace she will be missed. Joe & Margaret visited Mother, Odelia, twice a week before she died. Joe would go to the kitchen and make a pot of coffee. We so appreciated those visits and I think all three of them enjoyed it equally. God bless you all. Marilyn

  12. I thought about all of you the entire weekend and so wished I could be there in Linden to visit with you. I am having some major health issues now and this weekend was one in which I couldn't move around well at all. I've inherited Moma's osteoarthritis and I can't take any of the anti-inflammatory drugs due to a prior ulcer in my colon. I had a wonderful visit with Margaret and Joe in recent years as I helped an L-K Senior prepare a report about World War II. We went to their home. I knew then that Margaret was not doing well. Oh, my , but wasn't she an inspiration in her "good" years as was my mom, too? Linden was so fortunate to have them as models of citizenship and loyalty. What lovely ladies they were and , I do mean, truly ladies. I understand that the service was uplifting and joyful. That is exactly what she would have wanted. How blessed you all were to have her as a mom and a friend. I love you all and will continue to keep you in my prayers. Mary Janet Allen Wells.

  13. It's been a year that you have been gone. I still miss you. I will always honor your memory. I hope you and daddy are without pain, fear or worry. I love you always.

  14. Carol Ann,I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I've often thought of you and your brother. Although I had not met your mother, I know she must have been a great woman, she has raised great children. Take comfort in knowing that prayers are said for you and your family.

  15. I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Lovelace. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She blessed so many by just knowing her. Thinking of you all. Love, Phyllis

  16. I join in sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of Margaret. She was a one of a kind and a beloved citizen of Linden. May God bless you all.Charles Davis, Southlake, TX

  17. Our sympathy! The Robertson family was in the office many times and appreciated the welcome and consideration that we received.Anna Lee

  18. I had a dream about you today momma. I hugged you and told you everything was okay. I miss you. I felt your presence at the house that day. I wish I could have said goodbye. You are always in my thoughts. We all miss you very much. It is Halloween today. You always bought tons of candy to hand out. Love you, Me, Mariam, Sofia, Isabella and Sergio.

  19. Another year with you gone for xmas. I miss you and daddy. I know that you both are safe from harm and that you are together. I decorate the tree in your honor. We always had a different theme each year when I was growing up. I take comfort knowing you are a whole person again.

  20. I thought about you Christmas Eve. The girls and I decorated the tree in memory of you. Mariam said you visited her in a dream. I know you will always be a part of us. I miss you.

  21. Four years that you have been gone. Although we are not together in the physical sense, you are always looking out for me. I love you always. I miss you.

  22. Happy Birthay Mama!! Today you received the greatest gift. Daddy is finally with you and you are both at peace and happy. I miss you and knew you were patiently waiting for him. Take care of him. I love you and will never forget you.

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