Class of '36
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|Commons, Margaret Elizabeth||
Commons, Margaret Elizabeth Was born on July 15, 1919, at 2616 Hibernia,
Dallas, Texas. She died on Dec. 24, 2008, her body not possessing the
resources to recover from surgery in April.
She was born to William Jefferson Davis and Lula Lee (Clardy) Davis. Her mother died when she was three; her brother James Walter (Dudder) was one. Margaret, her brother and father were "adopted" by her namesake Margaret Lucinda Violet Acker Webb, Mr. Webb and three of their adult children, Charles Webb (Uncle Lolly), Pearl Webb Benedict (Aunt Pearl), and Dora Webb Sanders (Aunt Dodie). Margaret's parents boarded with the Webb family in two houses successively owned by Charles Webb. In 1920 the two families moved to 3107 Cole Ave. in Dallas. Margaret and James grew up in this house surrounded by adults who possessed extraordinary charity, wisdom, faith, consideration of others, etc.; these adults were living examples to Margaret and James.
Aunt Pearl earned a Bachelor Degree from S.M.U. and a Master Degree from U.T. Austin, before women earned College Diplomas. She became a beloved teacher. She taught American History at J.L. Long Middle School for 30 years.
Aunt Dodie owned and operated a "country" grocery store at 5527 Maple Ave. for decades. She "delivered" groceries to Highland Park and Greenway Park customers. Her neighbors held her in high esteem because of her charity; they knew it was her who secretly left sacks of groceries on the porches of needy depression era families. Margaret graduated from William B. Travis and from North Dallas High School in 1936, the year of The Centennial of the State Fair of Texas, which ran all year. Her father had died when she was 16. A highlight of her young life was when President Franklin D. Roosevelt waved directly to her from an open car when Margaret attended the Dedication of the Statue in Lee Park near her home. Decades later she would see President and Mrs. Kennedy in route through downtown Dallas.
She was a member of the McKinney Ave. Baptist Church at Routh Street. The church bldg. eventually became The Hard Rock Cafe until it was torn down. The church congregation erected the bldg. on Oak Lawn Ave. at Wycliff and became Highland Baptist Church, for decades at that site. At age 17, Margaret met Nina (now Dumond) at Sunday School; they remained life long friends. From 1936 until 1943, Margaret worked for the Dallas Public Schools where she met Ann Wiesenfeld and Helen E. Carter; they remained life long friends.
Margaret married John W. Commons of McKinney, Texas, in 1943. They lived in S. California for 10 years where their three children were born. They divorced in 1956. Margaret had returned to Dallas in 1954. The Southern Baptist Annuity Board gave a woman alone, with 3 children, a job; unheard of in 1954. Margaret retired from that job 30 years later at age 65. She continued to enjoy several friendships with retired co-workers. She appreciated new friends made during her re-tirement and her good neighbors on Woodcrest Lane.
Margaret is survived by her children Bruce J. Commons, George G. Commons, and Doralyn with husband Barry B. White, all of Dallas; and her grandson Anton A. L. White of Hot Springs, AR. The family fears for the lives and well being of Marchenka M.L. McCall (Hockaday 1995) and her sons Samuel Rhys Cox and Cyrus I. McCall, of Charlottesville, VA; these are Margaret's granddaughter and great-grandsons. We fear they are being victimized in Albemarle and Buckingham Counties, VA, w/the assistance of Criminal Police; to understand, refer to Ted Gunderson's website. Margaret's brother James W. Davis and niece Anastacia Davis of Tijuana, Mexico, predeceased her; Anastacia by one day. Margaret's beloved sister-in-law, Josephina Davis, of Tijuana; her niece Rosalinda with husband Martin Hernandez and their son James Hernandez, of San Diego, CA; and her nephew Rodolfo Iribe, of San Ysidro; survive her. The family wishes to express their heartfelt Thank You to all of the doctors and nurses who assisted Margaret, to everyone at Baylor U.M.C. downtown, and the Skilled Nursing Staffs of C.C. Young, in May, and Presbyterian Village North, in Nov; it meant so much to us to be given added time with her because of your dedication to helping your fellow man. God Bless each one of you for it. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30PM Monday December 29, 2008 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 12:30PM Tuesday December 30, 2008 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
God gave us The Best. Thank you Grandma, Mother, Margaret for being exactly who you were in your sojourn here.
|(Horn) McGuire, Gladys Natalie "Bunny"||
4/27/01 -Bunny went to work
shortly after her graduation.
first real paying job was with the Dallas Morning News Classified Dept.
From there she went on to Braniff Airways Reservations Control,
1942-45; Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund, 1964-69; Goodwill
Industries, Public Relations, 1972-74; Dallas Taping for the Blind
Station Manager & Public Relations, 1974-1980 extending her career
until her retirement doing freelance writing & public relations.
the way she was romanced and became the loving wife of Alfred
"Al" G. McGuire and they had one daughter, Katie, who also
attended and graduated from NDHS in 1964. After her retirement Bunny has
been involved with duties as a Lifetime Member & Reader for Dallas
Taping for the Blind, known as Reading & Radio Resource; doing
volunteer work as a Knitter / Seamstress, For Special Care Nursery,
Methodist Hospital; storyteller for Dallas Story League; Sunday School
Teacher,adult class, 30 yrs, Oaklawn United Methodist Church. Bunny
recalls Mr. Knapp, the public speaking teacher as the person who had a
positive influence on her life. She also fondly recalls her work in the
school office for the Principal Mr. E. B. Comstock, her appointment as
Humor Editor for the NDHS Yearbook and playing the concert piano during
her senior year.