Margaret Louise Dendy Behne (1931 - 2016)

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Margaret Louise Dendy Behne, age 84, walked through Heaven's gates on August 15, 2016 in the late afternoon. She was born on October 18, 1931 in Haskell, Texas. She met and married Donald Richard Behne on May 5, 1951, and raised two children, Sheryl Lynn Behne Brown and Donald Paul Behne.

Margaret was a "people person", blessed with the spiritual gift of hospitality, and happily contributed her time and talent to many. In high school, she was a cheerleader (pep squad), played on the women's basketball team, and was named to Who's Who in her junior and senior years. Margaret was a talented artist and served as the art editor for the Haskell High School Year Book for three years.

She was the first assistant that Dr. Bill Kemp hired as he began his dental practice in Haskell, Texas. Margaret continued her career in the medical field as a lab and x-ray technician in Lubbock, Sweetwater, and Dallas, Texas. She and Don retired in 1980, opening Mockingbird Hill Greenhouse and Nursery in Pottsboro, Texas. Both Margaret and Don loved working in the garden and growing plants so it was a natural transition for retirement. Upon Don's passing in 1997, Margaret closed the business and moved to The Woodlands, Texas to live with her daughter and her family. She enjoyed living in other parts of the United States as their jobs took them to Connecticut and Washington and back to Texas.

Whether participating in a Sunday School class; cheering on her granddaughter Stacy at Special Olympic events, proudly standing next to her grandson Donny, at his Eagle Scout Award Ceremony, enjoying Thanksgiving with grandson Shannon and his wife Quincee, special holidays with son Paul and his wife Lisa, or spending hours on the phone with close family and friends, you knew that she was excited for that moment and enjoyed celebrating it with you.

Margaret never met a stranger and never saw her glass as anything but "half full" no matter the circumstances that she had to face at any given moment. She battled and survived breast cancer twice. In her last two years, Margaret met new challenges with Alzheimer's disease and moved to Autumn Leaves of The Woodlands where she was blessed with caregivers and staff that met the challenges with her and helped her in every way. In turn, Margaret gave back to them with her positive, "can do" attitude, and made sure each caregiver knew how they had blessed her in even what some might call "the smaller moments". The caregivers would tell you themselves that they were the ones blessed by Margaret's sweet and joyful spirit and how she met each moment with grace.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Donald Richard Behne, parents Lena Mae and Lester B Dendy, and brother Douglas Lee Dendy. She is survived by her daughter Sheryl Behne Brown (Bill), son Donald Paul Behne (Lisa), grandsons Shannon Lee Brown (Quincee) and Donald James Behne (Melissa), granddaughter Stacy Leigh Brown, brothers Roland Ray Dendy (Sharon) and James Donald Dendy (Phyllis), sister-in-law Barbara Dendy, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in the Robb Chapel, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. A special thanks to caregiver Paula Blount, Autumn Leaves of The Woodlands and LifePointe Hospice for their exceptional care and caring for Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Woodlands United Methodist Church Foundation or the (alz.org) in her memory.

To leave condolences for the family please go to www.clairebrothersfuneral.com.


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