|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1909|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1991|
Marguerite Harriet (Margaret) Stillwell Couch, was born on 6 August 1909 in Denison, Texas, at a time when the town was a growing, bustling railroad center. She was the daughter of Edward Simco Stillwell (4 July 1869- 22 January 1937) and Nora Belle Fitzgerald Stillwell (18 Feb 1881 – 22 Sept 1964).
Margaret Stillwell married William Ernest Couch on 27 October 1931 in Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma. Their children were:
• Bobby Ernest Couch (b: 13 Jan 1935 d: 10 Feb 2008)
• Paul David Couch (b: 1939 d: LIVING)
Margaret Stillwell Couch devoted her full attention to her family. Her husband completed high school at Denison High School, but she never had the opportunity to complete school. Because of the difficult times, she had to help out at home at an early age. She had a special skill with regard to mathematics. Balancing the checkbook in her head was extremely easy for her. She kept the household books, paid the bills, and performed all of the functions men normally performed in those days.
She was a devoted mother and housewife. For the most part she did not work out of the home. There were brief periods of time when she worked at the Denison Cotton Mill Company.
After the Great Depression, William Ernest Couch was determined that the family would always have food on the table and a good roof over their heads, even if another Depression were to come to the United States. Margaret and her two sons, Bobby and David, churned milk from the cows, with an old style hand churn. She skimmed the butter off the top of the churned milk, and the lower portion was buttermilk. The butter and some of the buttermilk were retained and placed in the "ice box," which was a large upright strange looking thing with a place for ice on top. Every few days, the "ice man" would deliver a new block of ice for the ice box. The boys sold some of the excess buttermilk to neighbors to make a little spending money. Margaret also canned vegetables and fruit from the large garden. The wonderful canned produce was stored in the storm cellar, adjacent to the house, in what was the well house. The home (all build by hand by William Ernest Couch) had a pier and beam foundation. Irish potatoes and new potatoes were stored under the house all winter.
Margaret was known as the best cook in the family. She prepared wonderful meals on holidays, with relatives from across the country coming in to enjoy fellowship and Mom's special cooking.
Margaret Stillwell Couch loved to fish, and she was a much better fisherman than anyone else in the family. After the boys grew up, Lake Texoma in Denison, Texas, was like a second home to her. Prior to becoming ill, she also was known as one of the more social members of the Fitzgerald, Couch and Stillwell families. Perhaps that is why so many folks visited the house when the boys were growing up. She was also a skilled canasta and domino player. Few were her match. As she grew older, she enjoyed going to downtown Denison to visit "The Snap," a gathering place for seniors who got together to play cards.
After the death of her husband, Margaret, decided to remain in her home town of Denison because her sister, Laverne Stillwell Martin, and her brother, Dale Stillwell, were living there. Her son, David, asked her to move to Tyler, Texas, where he and his family were working, but after thinking about it, she decided to remain where she had grown up, married, and raised her family. She eventually sold her home and moved to the Wesley Village Retirement Center. Laverne and Dale were daily visitors.
Margaret Stillwell Couch was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was a Methodist and a member of Harless United Methodist Church; whereas, her husband, William Ernest Couch, was a Baptist, and a member of Sunnyside Baptist Church. They normally attended the Methodist Church.
William Ernest Couch (1912 - 1988)
Created by: Couch Genealogy
Record added: Nov 05, 2012
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