|Birth: ||May 20, 1919|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 2012|
Longtime Palestine resident and businesswoman, Marge Herrington, passed away peacefully at her home Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and caregivers. She was born May 20, 1919, near LaRue in Henderson County, TX the daughter of Gus and Ora Dingler. Growing up on a farm taught her valuable lessons in how to be self-sufficient. She was an accomplished gardener, cook, and seamstress as well as "architect", having designed several additions to the family home. She loved to knit and dabble in all kinds of arts and crafts. She was a firm believer in the phrase, "busy hands are happy hands" and she passed that belief on to her children, encouraging, them to be creative in art and music, many times arriving home from work with arts and crafts kits for them to experiment with.
Marge was a graduate of Athens High School and attended college at Texas Woman's University in Denton, earning a degree in home economics. She taught school for a short time in Maydelle and later worked for Dr. Pepper in Dallas. She met her future husband, Johnnie, while he was teaching school in LaPoyner, TX during the 1940-41 school year. The story of their courtship and romance was featured in the Palestine Herald Press several years ago. The two were married in Waycross, GA December 21, 1942, while Johnnie was serving in the Army Air Corps. Marge was proud of her husband's involvement in the 530th Fighter Squadron and from it she formed lasting friendships that continued to her death. In the late 1980s and for a decade longer, Marge was instrumental in organizing and maintaining the annual 530th Fighter Squadron reunions. Members relied on "Ma", as they affectionately called her to make the necessary arrangements, send out newsletters, and keep track of squadron monies.
Following WWII, the couple moved to Palestine and in 1946 opened a real estate and insurance office, later dropping the real estate business to focus exclusively on insurance. Marge was always attentive to detail and customer satisfaction. Her husband proudly proclaimed the business would never have been successful had it not been for her tireless efforts. She was respected for her dedication to detail as well as her knowledge of insurance and the processes involved in the business. Several insurance companies in Dallas and Tyler used her expertise to help train their employees.
Marge was an educator at heart and wanted to help others learn. While her three children were in school, she was an active member of the PTA. Later in life, she was a mentor in the HOST program at Story Elementary. In her younger days, she taught Sunday school at First United Methodist Church. Being a kind soul with a warm smile and gentle manner, Marge made a lasting impression on all who knew her, due in large measure to the knowledge and wisdom she gained from a life well lived.
Marge is preceded in death by her parents Gus and Ora Dingler, and husband Johnnie Herrington. Survivors include daughter, Ann Mottern and husband John, of Palestine; sons, Alan Herrington and Bob Herrington, both of Palestine; grandchildren Jason Mottern and wife Ashley of Ft. Drum, NY, Ryan Mottern and wife Hillary, of Glenpool, OK, Betsy Herrington of Austin, Lucinda Wheeler and husband Jacob, of Palestine and Gioia Bliss and husband Keith, of Cary, NC; great-grandchildren Jet and Bella Mottern, Karrigan and Emma Webb, Ethan and Kylie Wheeler, and Carter, Cameron, and Sawyer Bliss, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine, from 6pm to 8pm Wednesday. Services scheduled for 10am Thursday in the chapel at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Manuel officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park.
Pallbearers are Ryan Mottern, Jacob Wheeler, Mike Thomason, Jimmie L. Cummings, Sr., Willie Kennedy, and Robert Lane. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Mottern, Major General John F. Phillips, USAF, retired, Captain Dale Waldon, US Army, and surviving members of the 530th Fighter Squadron.
Gus Taylor Dingler (1895 - 1989)
Ora Reynolds Dingler (1898 - 1995)
Johnnie Herrington (1920 - 2007)
Roselawn Park Cemetery
Created by: Terry R
Record added: Aug 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95760363
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