July 1, 1926 – October 17, 2020
Margaret Alice Wright Holcomb, a 26-year resident of San Antonio, transitioned from this earth to Heaven on Saturday, October 17, 2020. She was 94 years old and is survived by two sons, Robert Holcomb Jr and his wife, Kay, of San Antonio and Tom Holcomb of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and a third son, David. She was deeply loved by her 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Born in 1926 in Muskogee, OK, her family moved to Waco while in her teens. Margaret experienced the challenges of the death of her father at a young age and growing up during the polio epidemic, the Great Depression and World War II. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. While working in Baylor’s Registrar’s office, her best friend Mary introduced Margaret to her brother, a young soldier returning from his service during WWII in North Africa and Italy. Margaret was taken aback by this handsome young man and they later married in 1947.
Margaret was a dedicated, loving, and innovative educator. Her career followed her wherever her husband’s job as a hospital administrator took him. Her 25-year teaching career included elementary school positions in Mt. Calm, Ft. Worth, Odessa, and Richardson, TX.
In 1972, Margaret decided to return to school to pursue a Master’s Degree at the University of Texas – Permian Basin. She was awarded the degree in 1976. She later became Reading Supervisor for the Ector County ISD in Odessa.
As an educator, she was a member of TSTA, TCTA, ECTA, International Reading Association, and Alpha Delta Kappa where she was President and District Chairman.
Margaret retired from public education in 1993 and soon accepted the position of Preschool Coordinator for the day school at her church, First Baptist Church, Odessa.
She officially retired from her teaching career in 1998 and moved to San Antonio where she bought the house adjacent to her lifelong best friend and sister-in-law, Mary, and her husband.
She spent the last years of her life at Emerald Oaks Retirement Resort, living next door to Mary, where she met so many wonderful people and played lots of Hand and Foot and 42.
Margaret was very faithful to her Lord Jesus Christ after she made a decision to follow Him at the tender age of nine. She taught children’s Sunday School at First Baptist, Odessa for over 30 years. After her move to San Antonio, she was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church, Universal City. She was instrumental in setting up a 24-hour prayer room. She served as chairman of the Committee on Committees and church clerk for several years. She was the pianist for the Senior adult choir for years and played in the handbell choir. Margaret loved music and her grandchildren will always remember her teaching them songs about Jesus from an early age.
If Margaret could tell us anything today, it would be to commit our hearts to Jesus and follow Him faithfully throughout life. This was the guiding light in her life.
A visitation for Margaret will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, Texas. A funeral service will occur Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 1401 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, Texas. An interment will occur Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Rosemound Cemetery, 3201 South 12th Street, Waco, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lamb Offering Fund for Missions at First Baptist Church, Universal City, TX.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Holcomb family.
Preceded in death by parents Lionel and Odile Palardy, Claire, wife of 56 years, sister Carmel Haggerty, three brothers, Emile, Francis and Adrian Palardy and granddaughter Kristen Johnson.
He will be remembered by his sisters; Theresa LaFleur and Suzanne Cote, daughters Catherine Anderson, Jane Rhoades and Nancy Palardy and grandchildren, Hunter Rhoades, Zachary Rhoades and Kelsey Follensbee.
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October 23, 2020
Tom & Family,
Amazing woman, amazing life......thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this difficult time of loss.
Jeff & Barbie Bernier (and your whole Trout Family)
October 22, 2020
Ms. Margaret and my mom we’re in the same Bible study class at FBCUC, and my daughter and I got to know her during that time. Ms. Margaret was a wonderful person, and we still remember her many kindnesses and the wisdom we came to know. Condolences on your earthly loss, but joining you in celebrating her graduation into Heaven.
October 20, 2020
I first met Margaret (Mrs. Holcomb) when I was 5 years old. She had just moved to Odessa, and my mother grabbed her up right a way to teach with her in the 6 year old department. They became best friends, and our families were together often. I admired and loved her immediately. I loved her more when she became my 4th grade teacher. My favorite teacher of all and my favorite grade in school. I eventually became old enough that she told me to call her Margaret, and our friendship grew. I had children and they loved her as much as I did. My oldest couldn't say Margaret, so she became Margot. I love you dearly, "Margot." I'm sure you and Mom haven't stopped talking long enough to take a breath, yet.
To Robert, Tommy & Kay and all the rest of the family I pray for your comfort and peace in the arms of Jesus.
Maggy Slayton Askins
October 20, 2020
I'm so sorry for your Loss... How could it not be too have such an outstanding mom... Grandmother gone. She lived a full Christ centered life and left such an Christ centered example to guide all who met her. I'm glad I got to meet her. I'm holding all of you in prayer for the comfort that only God can give. Love you all
October 20, 2020
Margaret was such a wonderful woman!! She was and still is my favorite teacher of all times!! As a little 4th grade girl we all loved Mrs. Holcomb and her sons. She was always tender and showed much grace to her students. As a teacher myself I had the pleasure working with Margaret at ECISD and again at FBC Odessa Child Development Center where I taught kindergarten. Margaret was my supervisor and close friend. She was the best mentor and friend anyone could have. She loved her family, friends and church passionately and we will all miss our Margaret. I will miss her newsy Christmas letters most of all. Bobby, Tom and family I'm so sorry for your loss here on earth but oh how I know she's experiencing something more special than we can even imagine. Love to you all.
Dee and Jeanie Finn