Margaret Eveline (Anderson) Radez was born on October 29, 1934, on Hominy Creek in Dubre (Cumberland County), Kentucky. She was the ninth of eleven children born to Harry R. and Essie M. Anderson. She was raised on a tobacco farm. She had a happy childhood and was brought up with deep religious values where she learned and grew in her love of her God.
After school, Margaret moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lived with her two older sisters, Viola “Vi” Taylor and Ivy Jewel “Judy” Bilbrey. They all worked for RCA. This is the place that Margaret met the love of her life and later married Frank A. Radez. Due to Frank’s career in aerospace, they moved around the country to places such as New Mexico, Maryland, Colorado, California, having their four children along the way. The family finally settled in Texas.
Margaret and Frank enjoyed raising their family, vacationing, and traveling across the country visiting relatives and seeing the beautiful lands of our great nation. Margaret was a quiet southern lady that touched the hearts of all of those she met. Margaret’s warm, loving smile never missed an opportunity to make everyone feel special. Family was everything for Margaret and Frank. They instilled a rich family bond that still holds the family tight together despite the distance in their physical living locations.
Margaret was one of those rare women who could do it all in the home and do it well. When it came to her skills in the kitchen, her sister Grace once said, “Margaret could go into the refrigerator and the pantry, pull out a bunch of stuff and put it all together for a super great meal that you always wanted seconds.” She also had many great hobbies that were tied to her home: sewing, knitting, crocheting, oil painting, making ceramics from clay and molds (having her own kiln), and playing pinochle with her friends. Margaret was also active in serving her church being a Charter member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church with her husband Frank, where they served together as altar servers and Eucharistic Ministers (serving communion). Margaret volunteered in making sandwiches weekly for the poor and needy and various other church related programs.
Margaret once said, “When I was young, I didn’t know what I really wanted out of life. I knew that I wanted more than what we had growing up as a kid in Kentucky, but I was not sure what that looked like. Then one day I turned around and realized that I had a life that was more than I could ever imagine. I had it all: a wonderful, successful, handsome, God-fearing husband, four healthy, lovable, smart, successful children; beautiful home; good friends; and a God that I knew and loved…And I also knew that HE loved me. I had it all. I had the picture-perfect life others chased after, but I realized that God’s grace just granted it all to me…my life flowed like a gentle river of happiness, love, and joy along with the short, small torrents that brought the normal hardships and pain that comes with life. These pains were nothing compared to the love of my entire family… that is truly the greatest life gift of all – love of family!”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Frank A. Radez, brothers, Cecil, Hollan, Russell, and Claude Anderson, and sisters, Viola Taylor, Dimple Anderson, and Alyne Anderson.
Margaret is survived by her three daughters: Cynthia Freund (Mark); Sandy Caton; Laura McDuffie; her son, David Radek (Kathy); one grandson, Matthew Radek; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Radek: two sisters, Judy Anderson-Bilbrey and Grace Anderson; one brother, Leo Dennie Anderson (Linda) and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Margaret went home to her Lord on Monday, September 20, 2021. She will be truly missed and forever in our hearts. A Funeral Service Mass was held Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Community in Spring, Texas. Interment followed at Klein Memorial Cemetery on SH 249 in Decker Prairie.
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