Margaret Groseclose, 96 years old and a long-time resident and civic leader in Childress, died Monday, July 16th, 2012 in Childress Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to CRMC Hospice or Meals on Wheels. Burial will be at Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Eula Margaret Snider Groseclose was born December 11, 1915 in the High Point community southwest of Childress. She was next to the youngest of 12 children born to her parents, Joel Harrison Snider and Mary Frankie Perry Snider. Margaret's parents had moved to the Childress area from Palo Pinto, Texas some years earlier. They owned and operated a farm near the old High Point school house, which was destroyed by a tornado in the early 1970's. In 1919, Margaret's family moved from High Point to a large farm about 12 miles northwest of Lubbock. Margaret graduated from Lubbock High School in 1934 and went on to study home economics at Texas Tech for two years.
In 1936 Margaret and Everett Jackson (E.J.) Groseclose, then a 26 year old farmer-rancher in the Shores Creek community southwest of Childress, were married. They had been introduced by Nelda Snider, Margaret's younger sister, and her soon-to-be husband, Dee Groseclose, who was E.J.'s brother. E.J. and Margaret operated their Shores Creek farm/ranch for many years. During their marriage E.J. was elected to two terms as a county commissioner. During World War II, E. J. and Margaret went into business building earthen bomb targets at the Childress Army Airfield for bomber pilots and bombardiers in training at the base. They also operated a horseback-riding stable in Childress, renting horseback riding time---and teaching horseback riding---mostly to Army Air Corps personnel from other parts of the U.S. who were in training at the Childress base. During this entire period, Margaret was active in home demonstration clubs and various civic and wartime-support activities in Childress.
As a result of a decision to devote their full attention to cattle ranching, Margaret and E.J. moved from Shores Creek to a newly purchased ranch about 30 miles east of Las Vegas, N.M., in 1958. With E.J. tending to ranch matters, Margaret elected to take a job as a teller at the First National Bank in Las Vegas, where she worked for 16 years; she was active in numerous civic and social organizations in Las Vegas during this period.
In 1974, Margaret and E.J. decided to return to the Childress area, due to E.J.'s developing health issues and because the couple was nearing retirement age. They purchased a home in Kirkland community, east of Childress, where they resided until E. J. passed at age 73 in 1984. After moving back to Texas, although E.J. was fully retired, Margaret decided to continue working and became a teller at the First National Bank of Childress, a post from which she retired in 1985. Following E.J.'s death, Margaret purchased a home in Childress where she resided until moving into an independent living apartment at Cottage Village in 2005.
During the 30-odd years between returning from New Mexico and moving to Cottage Village in 2005, Margaret established herself as one of Childress' most tireless civic champions and social workers. She was twice named "Woman of the Year" by the Childress Chamber of Commerce, primarily in recognition of her volunteer work in social services. She was a member of numerous civic and social organizations. Among other things, she was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mabel Hare Sunday School Class, the United Methodist Women, the Childress Hospital Auxiliary, CRMC Hospice, the Home Arts Club, the Family Community Educators and the Brush and Palette Club. She also delivered Meals on Wheels several years.
Margaret was preceeded in death by her parents; Joel Harrison Snider and Mary Frankie Perry Snider; 11 siblings; and her husband Everett Jackson (E.J.) Groseclose.
Margaret is survived by her son, Everett and his wife Suki of Santa Fe, N.M.; two granddaughters Kirsten Groseclose Rose & husband Andrew of Perth, Australia, Megan Groseclose Saint Laurent and husband Francois of Maryville, TN. ; two great grandchildren Sam & Evie Rose also of Perth, Australia; and numerous nieces and nephews.