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Margaret "Lolly" Simon

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Margaret "Lolly" Simon Obituary
Margaret "Lolly" Simon

Caldwell, TX

Margaret "Lolly" Simon, 75, of Caldwell, died October 26, 2018. She was born in Enid, OK on September 28, 1943, to the late Frank and Celia Richardson.

Lolly, as she was known by everyone, moved to Corpus Christi in the late 1950's, and was a part of the first complete graduating class of Mary Carroll High School in 1961. She attended Oklahoma State University for two years, but due to family circumstances, was unable to complete her education.

She subsequently returned to Corpus Christi to be with her mother and got a job working for General Export Iron & Metal Co. She was transferred to another company in a group of family-owned steel companies – Phoenix Supply. In a span of eight years, Lolly learned the steel business, working her way up from the clerical staff to the executive staff. That company was purchased and was formed into Integral Steel Inc., where she quickly moved from executive assistant to purchasing agent in two years. Then, she was promoted to vice president of administration and purchasing, as well as corporate secretary. She was awarded the "Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Women in Construction in the mid 1970's. She was in the steel business in Corpus Christi for 40 years, ending her professional career working at Texas Steel Sales.

Lolly loved animals. Some of her best times revolved around her Arabian horses, and her friends that also loved horses. She was a dog lover, but was a sucker for a cat, especially if it was a stray. There are many cats today that owe their lives to Lolly.

Lolly moved from Corpus Christi to Odem in 1980 and lived there until 2004, when she moved to be near her son, Troy, and his family, near College Station, TX, so she could be with the people that she loved most. Lolly was an avid supporter of anything in which her grandchildren participated, and she thoroughly enjoyed time with them, often traveling on vacations with them, including Hawaii, and multiple trips to DisneyWorld. She was also a huge Texas Aggie fan, going to most of the home games. One of the best experiences she ever had was being able to watch her grandson march as part of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band.

In the end, Alzheimer's took ahold of Lolly, taking away her memories, but not the inherent, fun loving person that she was. The last chapter in her life was spent with the loving people at Tiffin House, in Georgetown, TX. Although she was at the end of her life and had no memories of any significance, they got to know the infectious laugh that Lolly was known for, and she was often referred to by the other residents as the "Laughing Lady".

Lolly was preceded in death by her brother, David. She is survived by her son, Troy, and his wife, whom she loved like her own daughter, Courtney, and their three children, Joshua, Elizabeth, and Rachel, all of College Station.

Lolly wasn't big on ceremonial events for herself. In that respect, there will be no service for her. Her final resting place will be with her mother, father, and brother, at Enid Cemetery.

Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, TX will be assisting in this preparation, and will have an online guest book for any remembrances.

If you feel so inclined, memorial donations in memory of Lolly can be made to either The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017, or Aggieland Humane Society, 5359 Leonard Road, Bryan, TX 77807.
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Nov. 4, 2018
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