Marguerite Elizabeth Kahla

February 4, 1931 - March 26, 2012
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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.

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Born: February 4, 1931
Died: March 26, 2012

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Ernest Gonzales posted on 11/30/-1

Bruce I am sorry about your mothers passing. We can get together sometime (maybe this weekend) and have a beer together. I am here for you if you need me. I will be remembering you in my prayers.


Peter Cohen posted on 11/30/-1

I just wanted to tell Bruce how very sorry I am that your mother passed away. I know how strong you are and that you will get through this. I remember how you were there for me when I lost my life partner and I wish I was in town to be there with you. My prayers are lifted up for you.


Mani Taus posted on 11/30/-1

I just wanted to express my sympathy to Bruce and your family regarding your loss. Everyone at the Club is calling me to say they are so sad for you. Remember we all love you Bruce.


Peggy Coleman posted on 11/30/-1

Cecil am so sorry to hear about Marquerite. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed the conversations Bill and I had with her. I know she will be missed by all. Keep the faith. Peggy Coleman (Formally of Crystal Beach)


Michael S. Moriarty posted on 11/30/-1

God bless this wonderful lady and her family!