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Margree Steiner

Obituary for Margree Steiner

May 2, 1921 - July 9, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 96


On July 9th Margree went to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of sixty-six years, Otto Steiner and her sister Mackie McDonald. She leaves behind her brother R.B. McDonald and his wife Mary of Bryan, as well as many dear nieces and nephews.

Margree was born in Mart, Texas on May 2, 1921. She attended the one-room schoolhouse until high school. As a child, she and her siblings would ride the family's horse, Pat, to school together, a story which Margree delighted in telling.

In 1938 Margree wrote her autobiography. In the first line, she explained how her life began with the statement "with this ring, I thee wed." While she was referring to her parents' marriage, perhaps it foreshadowed her own life with Ott.

Before Margree met Ott, she attended college at Denton Texas Women's College. She earned her degree in Library Science. After finishing college, she moved to the big city of Austin and lived with her sister Mackie and her cousin Larue. It was in that little apartment where Ott met Margree. Their first meeting was by chance when he went to pick up his date (not Margree), and Margree greeted him at the door with her hair in rollers and her house coat. According to Ott's diary, it was love at first sight.

When Margree met Ott in 1943, she could have never have imagined what an amazing life they would have together. Two months after they met, Margree and Ott married in the little church at Bergstrom Airforce Base on Thanksgiving Day, and her life began with the phrase "I thee wed."

Margree and Ott filled their sixty-six years together with travel, friends, and devotion. They traveled the world together, going on 29 cruises. Margree went on her thirtieth cruise after Ott passed away in 2008. Margree would often remark that she and Ott had more years of retirement than they worked. Their social calendar was always filled. Many evenings were spent with their dear friends and neighbors. They also spent much time at Asbury Methodist Church, where they were founding members.

While Margree and Ott did most things together, Margree did not share Ott's affinity for football and boxing. So, while Ott cheered for his team, Margree would create beautiful quilts and crocheted blankets. Margree was also a very skilled painter and painted several oil paintings that she displayed in their home. Margree was also involved in the garden club, Hyde Park Book Club, United Methodist Women (UMW), and the Order of the Eastern-Star, where she served as Worthy Matron several times.

While Margree is no longer with us, she will live on in our hearts and memories, as she was such a strong influence on many of our lives. She will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Faith United Methodist Church, 2710 S. Lamar, Austin, Texas.

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