Margaret Eleanor Wood Bennett of Houston and Galveston died in Houston on April 17, 2013 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Chattanooga, TN on September 17, 1942 to Margaret Imogene Stafford Wood and Travis Jerome Wood.
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Margaret spent her life in education sharing her love of the English language within many venues, including the University of Corpus Christi, Houston Community College, DeVry University and, most recently, at the American
Intercontinental University-Houston, where she was 2012 Teacher of the Year.
Margaret was also an educator in her corporate work. In the mid 1990s she was Director of Training at National Convenience Stores. Through her company, Bennett & Associates, she developed corporate training programs for several Texas government agencies, and taught public speaking and communications.
Margaret was active in the community as the Assistant Director of Caring Adoptions, a non-profit adoption agency, and was a supporter of the arts in Galveston.
A graduate of the University of Chattanooga, Margaret received a Masters in Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and a Masters in English from the University of Texas in Austin, TX.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sister, Marilyn Thornbury of Chattanooga, TN, as well as cousins in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. She is also survived by many life long friends in Houston, Galveston, Chattanooga, and across Texas. Margaret was the sparkle at any gathering, and will be greatly missed.
Margaret's influential life will be remembered in a Memorial Service, Saturday, at 1 p.m., May 4, 2013, at the Chapel of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Margaret Bennett's memory to Caring Adoptions, 111601 Katy Freeway, #222, Houston, Texas 77079-1807.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 28, 2013