Marguerite Elizabeth Doherty Kahla went to be with our Lord on March 26, 2012, at her home in Galveston.
Born February 4, 1931, in Galveston, to Daniel and Barbara Doherty, Marguerite married the love of her life, Cecil Kahla, on June 25, 1950. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and retired from the Galveston County Clerk’s Office, where she garnered many friendships.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Daniel (Ouida); Edmund (Ethel); and Joseph (Jane) Doherty; and sisters, Kathleen (Joseph) Dispensa and Barbara (Troy) Gillaspia.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Cecil Kahla; three children: daughter, Peggy Kahla Shamburger and husband, Kyle, of Deer Park, TX; sons, Steve Kahla and wife, Therese, of Lake Jackson, TX; and Bruce Kahla, of Galveston, TX; granddaughters, Amber and Elissa Kahla, and Kayla Shamburger; sister, Patsy Doherty Westmoreland and husband, Ray; numerous nieces and nephews (to whom she was known as “Geddie”) and many other relatives, friends, and neighbors.
Marguerite’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 28th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will conclude the evening at 6:30 pm.
Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, March 29th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with family friend Father Troy Gately as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Larry Gillaspia, Danny Gillaspia, Allen Westmoreland, Tom Dispensa, Rey Soto, and Ron Venable. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Westmoreland, Horace Norris, and George Garris.
Marguerite’s family would like to thank the Hospice Care Team, Inc., for their professional, compassionate care. A special thanks also to Barbara Baldwin for her gentle care through the past years.
Memorials may be made in Marguerite’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P O Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.