Margaret Hermann Boles, 86, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2007, at her son’s residence after a long affliction with A.L.S.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 18th at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil service will be held at 7:00 pm.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, October 19th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in the family plot where her husband, parents, brother and wife, grandparents, uncle, and daughter-in-law are buried.
Margaret was born in Galveston, TX on April 27, 1921 to Ernst Theodore Hermann, Sr. and Margaret McNamara Hermann. She was a third generation Galvestonian and spent her entire life on Galveston Island. She was of the Catholic faith.
Margaret attended Rosenberg Elementary School, was a member of the first class to enter the new Lovenberg Jr. High School, which was sixth grade only, and then from seventh grade on attended the old Ball High on 21st and Ball. She graduated with the Class of 1938.
Directly out of high school she went to work for American Finance Co. Then when World War II broke out she went to work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers as a secretary in the Construction Dept., which built all the airfields in Texas and surrounding states. After two years when all the airfields were completed, she left there and went to work for the Packard Automobile Agency as office manager where she worked for twelve years.
In 1953 she met her future husband Eugene Boles, when he came in to buy a new car. They were married in 1955.
After the birth of her son, she quit work to become a homemaker and full-time stay at home Mom. During her son’s school years she was a Room Mother, Cub Scout Den Mother for Rosenberg School’s Pack No. 146, active member of the P.T.A., and Band Boosters in both jr. high and high school.
She was a loving daughter, wife, and mother. She devoted her life to the care of her family, taking care of all their needs. After the sudden death of her dear mother, in 1959, she took care of her father at home with her loving family for the last 21 years of his life. He was 94 at the time of his death in 1980.
She loved to cook, always preparing large special meals for birthdays and for family gatherings. All her life she loved to dance, whether it was square dancing or ballroom dancing. She especially loved to Jitterbug.
Margaret was a member of the American Business Women’s Assn., Buccaneer Chapter, and was elected their WOMAN OF THE YEAR in 1987. She represented her chapter at the A.B.W.A.’s National Convention in Los Angeles, CA that year. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Galveston Elks Lodge No 126. She served as registration chairman for several years for the Texas Elks State Conventions and Fall Conferences when they were held in Galveston. She was also a member of H 2 U at Mainland Medical center, and A.A.R.P.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 44 years, Eugene Boles, her brother, Ernest T. Hermann, Jr. and his wife, Rose Lee Hermann, her uncle, Nicholas P. McNamara, and her daughter-in-law Barbara Boles.
She leaves behind many loving memories with her only child Ronald E. Boles. Sharing in this loss are her step granddaughter Gretchen Rodriquez; 3 step great grandchildren; niece, Lynette Hermann Tisdale and husband Dave, and son Matt Brumit; all of Galveston; nephew Danny Hermann and wife Kathy and their children Shelly Hermann Smith and Jason Hermann, of Alvin and other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Danny Hermann, Dave Tisdale, Matt Brumit, Mark Peebler, Jay Hicks ,and John Anges.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kwan and the staff of the ALS clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine. A very, very special thank you to Dr. Mary Jo Godinich and staff for their care, support, and compassion during Margaret’s illness.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.