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Obituary for Margaret Wallace

June 18, 1919 - August 16, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 99


Margaret Adelle Long Wallace, longtime resident and public school teacher of Austin, passed away peacefully at home, August 16, 2018 at 99 years of age.

Margaret was born on June 18, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas, to Texan parents Albert A Long Sr. and Mattie Lee Treadaway Long. Her parents met while attending San Marcos Normal College, now known as Texas State. Margaret's father relocated the family in order to accept a teaching position at the University of Kansas shortly before Margaret was born, making Margaret the only "damn Yankee" in the family; a fact her siblings never let her forget. After a year he moved the family back to Texas and settled in Oak Cliff across the Trinity River from Dallas to practice law.

As a young girl, Margaret spent a long time at an Aunt's farm in Paris, Texas, where she had a favorite pet chicken which inspired her lifelong love of birds, especially chickens. She attended Sunset High School, recalling it as a nice school and graduated in 1936 with plans to attend college in Arlington.

With the need to work her way through school (and having red hair), Margaret found employment serving "Orange Crush" soda pop drinks for the 1936 Texas Centennial in Fair Park. She also sold souvenirs the next year, including live horned lizards, one of which would ride her shoulder for amusement. She much enjoyed the history and spectacle of the park.

A family friend insisted she attend the University of Texas at Austin and arranged a place for her to stay. With two days' notice, she packed her suit case, and was given a ride in a car that even traveled parts of "Pa Fergerson's" infamous red brick highway.

While attending UT, she also attended Judge Lattimore's Sunday school class, remaining a life-long member of University Baptist Church of Austin.

Margaret took various odd jobs to help pay her way through school, until starting employment with the Visual Instruction Bureau on UT's "Little Campus." Here, she typed carbon copy scripts for slide show packets used by school teachers throughout Texas.

While there, she became friends with an art student, Chester Wallace, who colorized the slides at the VIB. Being raised in the area, Chester introduced Margaret to the surrounding Hill Country. They married in Bandera on April 6, 1940. Together, they would raise four children in Austin.

Margaret graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics and later a Master's in Elementary Education. Toward the end of her teaching career she had also been accepted into a doctoral program at U.T. but her husband's health prevented her from pursuing that path.

Margaret loved traveling to "see what was over the next hill". The family took summer car trips all over Texas and the Western United States. She also traveled in Canada, Europe and the Holy Lands. The summer of 1959 involved a particularly daring trip; partly on a gravel road through the wilderness of Western Canada and Alaska up the Alcan Highway to Fairbanks. On a whim, she stood in line to apply for a land grant, but then declined, returning to Texas. That trip made such an impression on her that she returned to Alaska two more times, once on a driving trip in 1995 with daughter Judy, when she was particularly offended by the Canadian crossing guards asked, "Where are your men?", then in 2009 on a cruise for her 90th birthday.

She instilled the importance of learning in many, not just her family. She taught thirty-one years for Austin public schools. This included teaching at Reilly for 17 years, Winn for four years, and also Rosedale, Allison, and Fulmore schools. Margaret received A.I.S.D.'s Kindergarten Teacher of the Year for 1977-78 and the Sally Beth Moore award for her efforts. She assisted in the development of Heart Treasure Chest Curriculum for Kindergarten in 1982-3.

Margaret remained active after the passing of her beloved husband Chester. She conducted genealogy research, maintaining memberships in The Daughters of The Republic of Texas, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames. The Governor of Texas commissioned "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to Margaret in 2002. She was also a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Epsilon Kappa Chapter, for fifty-seven years.

Her strong will, humor, love for family, travel, the outdoors and nature are memorable and made a great impression on her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Albert A. Long Sr. and Mattie Lee Treadaway Long; siblings, Anna Mae Long Meeks, Albert A. Long Jr., Marion F. Long, Madelyn Long Harkness and one son, Joe Long Wallace M.D.

Survivors include son C. Gregg Wallace, Jr (Patsy) of Arlington, son James Wallace (Jan) of Duncanville, daughter Judy Wallace of Austin, daughter-in-law Marcy Wallace (the late Joe Wallace, M.D.) of Austin. Also, grandchildren, Nancy Wallace Ruffin (Greg), Sheri Wallace, Wendy Wallace Lewis (the late Robert W. Lewis), Jennifer Wallace Grady (Mark), Hugh Wallace (Carolyn), Amanda Wallace (Jenne), Cameron Wallace, Dana Wallace Stiernberg (Charlie) and great grandchildren, Lilly Lewis, Madeleine Grady, Luke Wallace, and Kennedy Wallace. Margaret is survived by numerous cherished nieces and nephews as well.

Visitation will be Monday, August 20, 2018, 6-8 p.m. and the funeral will be Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 10 a.m. both at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, Austin, Texas.

Margaret's family greatly appreciated the loving care Margaret received from Clara Henson, Megan Cannon and at the end, from Encompass Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Organization.

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