Mrs. Maurine Ludgate, 96, formerly of Galveston, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.
Maurine was born June 16, 1915, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was raised in Galveston, and later the family moved to Fort Worth, where she attended high school and studied and acted in the Ft. Worth/Little Theater. During this time, Maurine and her mother visited Galveston often, as many of her mother’s sisters and brothers still lived there, along with her grandparents. It was there that Maurine met and fell in love with William Lownes Yancey, who would become her first husband. In 1940, they had a child, Bayne Allin Yancey, while “Bill” Yancey managed a major food store during the early years of WWII. Maruine followed her interest in drama and refined her talents to include many one act plays in which she played all the characters in the play. These plays were requested and presented at most of the churches of Galveston.
In the 1950’s, Maurine was married to William Stiglich, a local lawyer and native Galvestonian. She was working for the Rotary Club when they met and continued for a while, until both of them, sharing a desire to travel abroad, put this newly acquired interest to the test. Both foreign and domestic trips were taken with relish, along with special focus on operas, plays, and musicals. On- and off-Broadway shows were highlights of each new trip. They traveled extensively with their son, Bayne, while being exposed to both Old World architecture abroad and excellent Streamlined Contemporary within the States. This fact greatly influenced Maurine and Bayne to follow the pursuit of Interior Design. Later, trips accompanying famous interior designers focused her attention to a shared interest in historical design and more trips to study the famous homes throughout America.
By the 1970’s, Maurine had been widowed and become very interested in square dancing, as this was enjoying a revival on the Island and throughout most of Texas. The yearly Shrimp Festival brought in square dancers from all over, and she was right in the middle of the celebration. After dancing several months with William Ludgate, whose late wife had died of cancer, they decided to dance down the aisle, and married that same year. As William was retired, they loved to take motor trips to all the Square Dance Conventions throughout the US and Canada. This they enjoyed for many happy years until William’s death in the 1990’s. During this happy period, Maurine became the Central Christian Church’s Sunday morning official Scripture reader, a position she held until she moved to Dallas to live with her son in 2004.
A celebration of Maurine’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 23rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Pastor John Allums officiating. Her family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.