Marguerite was born February 4, 1921, to Isaac Newton Hendrick and Tiny Virginia McCollum Hendrick in Richmond, Texas. The family soon settled in Eddy, Texas, where Marguerite and her two younger sisters, LaJuan and Virginia, led a seemingly idyllic childhood. Marguerite graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School in 1938.
In December of 1941, Marguerite drove across the country on Christmas Eve to wed her childhood sweetheart, Byron Leo Bostick, a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force. Captain Bostick was killed in a B-29 crash in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in August 1944. The couple had two sons, Byron Laird Bostick and James Billy Bostick.
When the war ended, Marguerite attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. While at Baylor, she met fellow student and U.S. Navy veteran Roy Owen. They were married May 23, 1950, and had two children, Laura Lea Owen and Christopher Hendrick Owen.
In 1968, Marguerite earned a Master’s degree in biology from Texas A&M University. The family moved to Carrollton in 1968, and Marguerite soon began work at Carrollton High School where she taught biology for many years. In the latter part of her career with the Carrollton school system, she spearheaded the gifted program based at College Street Elementary School.
Following retirement, Marguerite remained active in the Carrollton community and was instrumental in bringing the Great Decisions Discussion Group to the area. And it was around the dining table of Marguerite and Roy that the initial plans were made to bring hospice into the Carrollton community. She was also an active member of the League of Women Voters and an avid supporter of the Democratic Party.
Marguerite had many friends in Carrollton and loved living there but moved to New York state in January 2008 when no longer able to care for herself. There she remained until her death.
In accordance with her wishes, her remains were cremated.
Marguerite was a strong woman who for many years balanced her life as a wife and a mother with her career as a teacher. Both at work and at home, she set high standards for those in her charge and herself sought to live by those standards. Moreover, she cared for many of her family members, often at considerable sacrifice to herself, both in sickness and health.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Owen in 1996; by two grandchildren, Steven Bostick in 1981 and Byron Bostick Jr., in 1997; and by her two younger sisters, Virginia in 1993 and LaJuan in 2011.
Survivors include four children: Byron (Frankie) Bostick of Palestine, Texas; Bill (Mary) Bostick of Marcellus, New York; Laura Owen of Chamberlain, South Dakota, and Chris (Hope) Owen of Welling, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Remembrance donations may be sent to Tanner Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1136, Carrollton, GA 30112.