Margaret Gruber, born on the 20th of February 1925, in Amarillo, Texas, passed away on Monday, the 1st of April 2013 in Houston, Texas.
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She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley Leon Warner, Sr., and Ella Laura Warner and her brother Stanley Leon Warner, Jr.
She spent her early years in Weatherford, Texas and graduated from Joplin High School in Missouri as a member of the Class of 1942. She entered Wooster College in Ohio, transferring to the University of Colorado in her junior year. She graduated with a degree in Zoology, participated in early cancer research studies, and met her husband to be, Ken Gruber. They moved to Houston in 1949 and celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2012.
Margaret actively played tennis and golf, loved to swim and had a passion for art, photography, music, family and friends. She was a member of Lakeside Country Club and the Engineers' Club Ladies Association. She was an avid painter of landscapes and still-lifes, a lifelong pianist of popular and classical music, and played hymns for her senior adult group at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where she has been a member for over 55 years. She was re-elected in 2013 to the board of the Ladies Association of the Petroleum Club of Houston and served as their official photographer for the past 15 years. Margaret enjoyed playing contract bridge and ballroom dancing with her husband Ken as her favorite partner.
Margaret is survived by her husband Ken Gruber; son William Gruber and daughter-in-law Regina (Roy) Gruber of Warwick, New York; son Michael Gruber of Kirkland, Washington; grandsons Paul and his wife Bridget (Hohner) Gruber, John, Thomas, and Joseph Gruber; niece Lynn Warner Stevenson; nephew Presley Warner; and numerous friends.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Margaret from two until four o'clock in the afternoon next Sunday, the 14th of April, in the parlor and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning next Monday, the 15th of April, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive in Houston, where a reception is to follow.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the
, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX, 75231 (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/).
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 10, 2013