~Margaret Benbow~

Margaret Evelyn Morrow Benbow, 97, of Stratton, Texas passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Cuero, Tx. She was born at home in Stratton October 21, 1921, to Sidney Morrow and Lucy Virginia Myers Morrow. She is survived by her son, David Benbow and his wife Deborah, grand-daughter Jessica Venegas (husband, Sergio) 2 great grandchildren, Marisol and Gabriel Venegas and sister Frances Walden.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband Alex Benbow, infant son Donald Allen Benbow, brothers T.J. Morrow, Sterling Morrow and sister Virginia Styles.

She graduated from Yoakum High School in 1938; a member of the first senior class to graduate in the newly built school.

She married Alex Benbow February 1, 1941 and lived a happily married life until his death September 18, 1989.

Margaret earned her place as a member of the Greatest Generation. When her husband Alex enlisted in the Navy in 1943, she went with him to Poulsbo, Washington, where he trained in the deployment of torpedoes and depth charges. Due to the severe labor shortage during the war, Margaret worked in a munitions plant helping assemble the very torpedoes that Alex would be firing in the Pacific Theater. In fact, she later bragged that she saw a torpedo fired before he did.

After World War II, and the birth of their first child, David, Alex and Margaret moved to Matagorda County, where at various times they operated a dairy farm, built houses and farmed rice. Margaret was an active, hard working partner to her husband in all these businesses.

In 1966, Alex retired from rice farming and they moved to the old Benbow home place in Stratton, built a new house and Margaret spent the next 45 years collecting teapots and hosting her famous parties. She didn’t keep count, but at one point she reckoned that she had hosted at least 1000 parties, most of them revolving around the dominoes game called ‘88’. She also had a lot of teapots.

She was a woman of great faith and was for many years a member of the Stratton Primitive Baptist Church. She and husband Alex joined the church together in 1953, and were baptized by Pastor Jasper Chambers in the little tank (pond) behind the church. Her beautiful alto voice could be heard in the singing service every Sunday until well after she was 85 years old.

She spent her last three years at the Independent Living facility at Brookdale in Victoria, making new friends and still winning at dominoes.

Visitation of friends and relatives will also be held at Thiele-Cooper from 5 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday March 6.

Her funeral will be held at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, Texas at 10 AM, Thursday, March 7; officiated by Elder Jeb Owen. Graveside ceremony and burial will follow at Alexander Cemetery in Stratton, Texas.

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