The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 24, 2013

Margaret Lucretia “Maggie” Mansur

Palestine Herald-Press

— Services for Margaret Lucretia “Maggie” Mansur, 84, of Elkhart will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Elkhart with the Rev. Jeffrey Craft officiating. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Mrs. Mansur died Tuesday at Hospice Home Place in Tyler.

She born on Nov. 10, 1928 to Richard and Miriam Myrick Sr. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1946 and subsequently graduated from Nixon Business College in Palestine and Northern Trust Company Bank Bookkeeping School in Chicago. She was an employee of the Chicago Northern Trust Company bank for three years.

On May 4, 1949, she married Shahade Mansur and they had two children, Roger Lee and George Shahade Mansur. In 1950, Maggie went to work for Missouri-Pacific Railroad as a messenger in Houston during one of the worst winter storms in Houston history. She laughingly would retort that she got that job because she was the only one stubborn enough to brave the weather. In 1952, Maggie moved to Elkhart, and 38 years later retired from the railroad, having worked through the clerical ranks to secretary to the superintendant, a position she held for more than 22 years. She was “mom” to her railroad boys.

Maggie was an active volunteer in Anderson County for more than 40 years. She was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Elkhart where she taught Sunday school for 43 years. She also volunteered her services for three years as a director of the South Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Noon Business & Professional Women’s Club, Railroad Retirement Board, and the Elkhart Dogwood Trails. She was responsible for stopping the train for all parades coming through Elkhart. In addition to working and serving her community, she raised three grandchildren.

After retirement Maggie had had her own typing, bookkeeping and income tax business in Elkhart. She also assisted the aged who had difficulty understanding and filing Medicare and supplemental insurance claims, among other needs.

She was a person for all people. When asked about her dazzling smile and bubbling personality, she said “It’s not just me you see, but Christ who lives in me”.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shady Mansur; and brother, Clyde Myrick. She is survived by her sons, Roger Mansur and wife Barbara of Elkhart, and George Mansur of Tucson, Ariz.; grandsons, Marcus Hernandez of Houston, and Manny Mansur of Palestine; granddaughters, Lydia Ann Mansur of Houston, and Shyna Trussell of Elkhart; also 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Keith Seckler, Clay Shugart, Tim Salmon, Bobby Jones, John D. McKenzie and J.D. McKenzie. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her Union Pacific boys.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

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