Margurette Alderson Wooten was born in Electra, Texas on Aug. 7, 1915 to Lucien H. and Delia Sue Long Alderson. She reached her goal of living to be 100 years old and enjoyed a 100th Birthday Party at Heartland Health Care Center in Austin with family and staff attending. Margurette passed away on Nov. 9, 2015, in Austin, Texas.|
Margurette moved with her family from Electra, Texas to Big Spring, Texas in 1927 and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1931. During the summers of her high school years, she worked as a "soda jerk" at the Crescent Drug Store in the Crawford Hotel.
While attending the College of Industrial Arts (presently, Texas Woman's University) in Denton, she majored in journalism and worked for The Big Spring Herald newspaper during the summer. In 1933 she went to work for Albert M. Fisher Department Store. She retired in 2000 after 67 years of employment in a department store that changed its name three times - Albert M. Fisher/Hemphill-Wells/Dunlaps. Her life revolved around "The Store."
On Aug. 8, 1940 Margurette married the love of her life, Loyd D. Wooten. In 1955 they bought a home on 817 West 18th Street where Margurette lived until 2001. She and Loyd joined the Church of Christ at 14th and Main in 1940. They were very active in the church during their life together. She was active for a total of 61 years. She moved to Austin in 2001. She attended Central Church of Christ in Austin for a number of years.
Community involvement was important to her. She was a charter member of the Big Spring Women's Credit Club, a charter member of the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a charter member of the Altrusa Club, and a member of the Consumer Credit Association. She held major offices in all of these organizations. She was one of the first women to serve on a jury in Howard County (The Big Spring Herald, Nov. 26, 1954). She loved Big Spring and often spoke of her life there.
Margurette is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Loyd David Wooten, her sisters Esthma Alderson Talley, Mary Jo Alderson Manahan, and her brother, J.C. Alderson. She is survived by her nieces Gwen Carter and husband James of Austin, Mary Ann Mayo and husband Joe of San Mateo, California, Patricia Knorr and husband Kirk of Houston and her nephews Robert Talley and wife Evelyn of Kilgore, Joe Manahan of Bonham, Gary Alderson of Edgewood, New Mexico, and Jace Alderson of Moriarty, New Mexico, many other family members and dear friends.
Our family wishes to thank the staff on Nursing Station 2, at Heartland Health Care Center and the staff on her team at Hospice Austin for the love and special care that they gave to our Aunt Margurette.
Graveside services will be held at Carson Cemetery in Ector, Fannin County, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Church of Christ at 14th and Main, 1401 S. Main Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720-4411 or to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78759.
Services entrusted to Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home Austin, TX. You can go to www.austinpeel.com to sign the online register book.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Nov. 12, 2015