GLEN ROSE—Services for Marguerite Dempsey, 97, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Vine Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 1389 Hwy. 144 S., in Glen Rose. Interment followed at Post Oak Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose.
Marguerite Lourene was born to William Wesley Rice and Lucille Alberta Pugh Rice at Brazos Point. She had six sisters and six brothers. Marguerite attended Hill Creek School thru the 9th grade, then completed 10th grade at Walnut Springs School. Several years later, the Rice family was on their way to a Revival. Marguerite and her sisters spied some boys, the Dempsey brothers, walking to the Revival. Marguerite pointed out one ‘specially handsome young man and told her sisters “that’s the man I’m gonna marry”. True to her word, she married George Winston Dempsey on October 31, 1937.
Marguerite was one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” at Consolidated. She also worked in a sewing factory, Lorch Westway, in Cleburne, the Jameson Nursing Home in the 1960/s, Nursing Assistant at Marks-English Hospital from 1971-1973, Radio Dispatcher for Sheriff Frank Laramore in the old, historic jail from 1973-1980 and for six years at the new jail on Highway 67. She worked as a cashier at the Brown Bag and Lindas2’s and worked at Wiley Funeral Home for many years as a funeral assistant and receptionist.
She was presented with the Outstanding Older Texan Award on May 30, 2007. The Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce selected Marguerite as “Mother of the Year” in 1995. She and George had five sons, 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 10 great great-grandchildren.
She became quite an accomplished artist and many of her paintings were donated to Relay for Life auctions.
Marguerite enjoyed flowers, her yard, bluebirds, trees and homegrown tomatoes. She loved to travel and visited every state in the Continental United States except for Washington, Oregon and the Carolinas.
Vine Life Tabernacle was her church home for over 70 years. She had a genuine love for God, her family and friends and Glen Rose.
Marguerite is survived by children, Marlin & wife Ann Dempsey, Larry & wife Paula Dempsey, Gary & wife Debra Dempsey, and Ronald & wife Mary Lou Dempsey, daughter-in-law, Mary Dempsey, 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 10 great great-grandchildren, sisters, Doris Morris, Christine Marsh, and Shirley Kettler, brothers, Orval Rice and Wayne Rice, numerous nieces & nephews, & many friends.
She is preceded in death by husband, George Winston Dempsey, parents, William Wesley and Lucille Alberta Pugh Rice, sisters, Jimmie Helen Rice, Ruby Case and Willie Mae Garner, brothers, Gene, Hubert, Crawford and Elbert Rice, 1 great-granddaughter and son, Jerry Dempsey.