Margaret La Grange Ney died peacefully at her home on October 28, 2012 at the age 62 after being diagnosed three months ago with Stage 4 Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Margaret was born on November 5th, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Margaret Mary Martello and Leonard Frank LaGrange, Sr.
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Margaret was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. She was an intelligent, sophisticated, creative, kind, and generous person who was both a career woman and homemaker. She was kind and nurturing not only to her family and loved ones, but also to people whom she had never met. Margaret was well respected in both her profession and in her family because of the amazing nurse and woman that she was. Margaret's greatest gifts were her compassion for others, her joy for life, her vision of a greater good in this world, and a desire to bring comfort and genuine care to everyone she met. Margaret's greatest joys were cooking and entertaining for her family and friends and she especially loved a good costume party. Margaret also loved to travel and made friends easily. She could put people of all beliefs at ease with her active listening and genuine desire to know them.
Margaret married William Ney on April 8th, 2000 in Houston, Texas and has resided in New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; Stavanger, Norway and most recently in Katy, Texas. She is survived by her husband William Ney, her daughter Jennifer Meyer Schiller and husband Drew, her stepdaughter Rachel Barry and husband Shane, her grandchildren Emery Schiller, Jack and Jillian Barry, her siblings Linda LaGrange Coe, Virginia (Ginger) LaGrange Pennington, Kathryn LaGrange Sturm, James LaGrange, Rick LaGrange, and Mary LaGrange Ashmore. Also survived by her beloved little Bichon Frise, Quincy. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Chip LaGrange.
While living in Louisiana Margaret graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School in 1967, Hotel Dieu Hospital in 1972 RN, and Loyola University 1990 BSN. After moving to Houston in 1993, Margaret continued her education and received degrees from University of Texas School of Nursing 1997, MS in Nursing, and University of Texas School of Nursing 2006, Post-Master's in Palliative Care. During her career, Margaret was employed by LSU School of Medicine, Hotel Dieu Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the American Cancer Society.
On Monday November 5, 2012 there will be a memorial service for Margaret at The Parador, 2021 Binz Houston, Texas, 77004 from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to The Lustgarten Foundation For Pancreatic Research in Margaret's name. (http://www.lustgarten.org/home)
We are eternally grateful to those at MD Anderson and Odyssey Hospice for the loving care they gave Margaret over the past three months. We are also blessed and thankful for the family and friends that have been incredibly generous with their gifts of love and time spent with us that led us away from despair and filled the house with laughter.
Margaret had a favorite saying that guided her in life, "Don't Just Live the Life You Have Been Given, Make The Life You Want!"
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2012