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Margret Riley Hooks On November 2, 2012, Margret Riley Hooks fell asleep in the Lord and entered Heaven's gates. A native Texan, Margret was born in Roscoe, Texas on July 29, 1933 to a rancher, Vance Riley, and his wife, Ada Riley, a schoolteacher. Margret moved to Austin in 1945. Three months before her 17th birthday, Margret graduated from Austin High School in 1950. She was one of the first female students admitted to the School of Business, and the first female admitted to the Transportation School at the University of Texas. In 1953, 19-year-old Margret graduated with honors, earning a BBA at the University of Texas, with a major in Transportation. In a time when a woman's contribution to the workplace was not highly valued, Margret was courageous. She began her career as a secretary, but eventually owned/operated a petroleum-related company before she retired. Margret had an adventurous curiosity that inspired her to travel the world, including Indonesia, Europe, and Korea. Margret's freezer was often filled with elk she had hunted and salmon she had caught in Alaska. Although not typical for most people in their mid-seventies, Margret threw caution to the wind and recently went zip lining in Belize. Margret was also an avid RV'er, traveling between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Margret was a loving individual who adored her family, friends, flowers, seashells, fish, jewelry and animals. She split her time between her lake house in Burnet, Texas and her cabin in Villa Grove, Colorado with her beloved Yorkie, Lil Bit, by her side. Margret is survived by her two beloved sons: Gary Parsons, Major (USAF, Ret.) and wife, Linda (New Braunfels), Larry Parsons, Lt. Col. (USAF, Ret.) and wife, Jacqueline (San Antonio); adored grandchildren: Anthony Parsons (San Antonio), John McCarthy (Philadelphia, PA), Alyssa Parsons (San Marcos), Alysha McCauley (San Antonio), Amanda McCauley (Sarasota, FL), Constance Parsons Parkhill (Fayetteville, NC), Garrett Sturgill, Adam Sturgill, Alana Parsons and Katherine Sturgill (all of San Antonio); beloved great grandchildren: Andrea Dorantes and Anthony Dorantes (San Antonio); cherished sisters: Mickie Riley Inks (Westlake) and Sarah Riley Bryce and husband, William (Georgetown); treasured nephews and niece: Robert Inks and wife, Mary (Lockhart), Floyd Inks, III and wife, Georgene (Ruidoso, NM), Jeanna Inks Black and husband, Bruce (Hamilton), Douglas Bryce and wife Grace, (Geoegetown), David Bryce and wife, Lynne (Georgetown); faithful companion and much loved pet: Lil Bit; much appreciated neighbors: Ron Adwers, and wife, Shirley (Burnet), Jim Carroll and wife, Gladys (Villa Grove, CO). Margret was preceded in death by: dearest parents: Vance and Ada Riley; respected brother-in-law: Floyd Inks; loving nephew: Malcolm Bryce. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, TX. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2012
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