Hodges, Marguerite Marion Seymore Marguerite was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Forester, Ark. She grew up in Warren, Arkansas, the daughter of C.P. Seymore and Selma Harris Seymore. Her father worked as a millwright, building lumber mills in Arkansas and later in Oregon. Raised in a milltown during the Great Depression, she learned the hard lessons of life at an early age. She instilled in her family the merits of living within your means and saving for a day when adversity set in. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Seymore of Dallas and Jake Seymore of Eugene, Oregon, her sister, Helen Plowman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and by her husband of 54 years, Chester Lee Hodges. A son of West Texas, Chester was born in Wayland, Texas, and attended McMurry and Hardin Simmons Colleges in Abilene. Chester and Marguerite married shortly before World War II erupted. While Chester was serving in the Navy, Marguerite and moved to Long Island, where she worked while awaiting Chester's return from overseas. When the war finally ended, Marguerite and Chester moved to the Hodges' Homestead Ranch near Ranger, Texas, where they farmed and ranched until they moved to Oak Cliff. Marguerite worked at Sanger Brothers Department Store in downtown Dallas, riding the streetcar from Oak Cliff each day. She spent her career as an interior decorator furnishing interiors for many downtown Dallas offices and fine homes throughout the area. She continued her career with U.S. Congressman Jim Collins' Itasca Mills & Drapery Company and then became the interior designer for Montgomery Wards where she remained for more than 20 years. Marguerite worked steadfastly throughout her life to provide the stability and education to her family that she never enjoyed during the Depression. Marguerite took great pride in her family and particularly her two granddaughters, Christi and Courtney. She spent many hours with them during their young lives teaching them to cook, playing games and teaching Courtney to paint. An accomplished artist in oil painting, many of her pieces grace the homes of her family in whom she cultivated her love for art. A devout Christian, Marguerite was a founding member of Town North Baptist Church in Dallas and later attended Midway Baptist Church. Marguerite spent her life as a career woman balancing family and work, never letting her family miss out on anything in life. She took tremendous pride in her son, Dallas architect, Charles Hodges and in her granddaughters, attorney Christi Hodges Berger and editor Courtney Lee Hodges, both of Dallas. Her legacy lives on in her family, her body of interior design work and in her art, but foremost in the values she instilled in her son, granddaughters and great grand-daughters. She is survived by her son, Charles M. Hodges, two grand-daughters, Christi Hodges Berger and husband Jonathan Berger, and Courtney Lee Hodges, and two great-granddaughters, Abigail Elaine Berger and Annabel Grace Berger, all of Dallas. Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Restland Wildwood Chapel with visitation starting at 2:30 PM.
Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
Published in Dallas Morning News on May 13, 2014