Margaret Jane Handley Malone, 88, was born July 30, 1926, in Greenville to James Jefferson Handley and Nettie Ava Sory. She died peacefully with her family by her side on July 17, 2015, in Boerne, Texas.
Margaret is survived by three sons, Bernard Thomas Malone Jr. (Danna) of San Antonio, Donald Handley Malone (Vicki) of Temple, and Patrick James Malone (Pattie) of Flower Mound; a sister, Eleanna Wright Handley Venus of Centerville; five grandchildren, Ryan Malone (Kendra) of Longview, Wesley Malone of Plano and Andrea Malone, John Malone and Catherine Malone, all of Flower Mound; and two great-grandchildren, Declan and Sean Malone of Longview.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Handley and Nettie Sory; husband Bernard Thomas Malone Sr.; and a brother, James Jefferson Handley Jr.
Margaret graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville in 1942 and attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce from 1942 to 1946.
Margaret married Bernard Thomas Malone Sr. on April 8, 1950, in Greenville and moved to Beaumont where her first two sons were born. After a short stay in Dallas, they moved to Lubbock in 1955, remaining there until 1999 when Margaret retired.
Margaret lived the remainder of her life in Fredericksburg and Boerne near her oldest son. Following a serious illness in 2013, she spent her last 1½ years in a nursing home at the Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs.
After working as a stay-at-home mother raising three sons, Margaret took a position as a receptionist at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. In 1975, she started her career at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas. She retired as the deputy in charge of the Bankruptcy Court in Lubbock after 24 years of service. Upon her retirement, the Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas, recognized her for her outstanding efforts, professionalism, and dedication to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Margaret and her husband, Bernie, were avid square dancers for a number of years in Lubbock and made many good friends, traveling to different cities to enjoy the camaraderie and dance.
Margaret and Bernie also played bridge, both hosting bridge parties at their home and attending others at friends’ houses. With three sons who grew to 6 feet 4 inches and taller, Margaret attended many Coronado High School basketball games.
Margaret was a loving and caring person who had a quick wit and laugh and was liked by all who met her. She was very sociable and related to and enjoyed meeting people of all ages.
A memorial service will be Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne. A graveside service will be Saturday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Forest Park Cemetery in Greenville under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the Covenant Fund at Morningside Ministries, 700 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78201 or at www.mmliving.org/giving.
The Covenant Fund is used to help residents who outlive their resources to stay in their Morningside home.
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home