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Margaret Havens

Margaret HeavensMargaret Havens passed away after a lengthy illness on October 10, 2003. She was born in Steele Store, Texas, on August 9, 1918. She was the loving mother of Leonard Scarcella, Mayor, and First Lady for 34 years, of the City of Stafford. She was honored as Parade Marshall of Stafford's 1993 Fourth of July celebration.

She was graduated from old Missouri City High School, received a Bachelors of Education Degree from Southwest Texas State and obtained a Masters of Education through attendance at the University of Houston and Sam Houston State. She gave 57 years of her life to educating, guiding and inspiring the children she so loved, serving as an elementary and high school teacher and as a principal during World War II in the old Missouri City School system, as a teacher and instructional coordinator in the Fort Bend I.S.D., and as a member of the board of trustees of the Stafford Municipal School District. In 1995, the Margaret Havens Library Media Center was dedicated in her honor at Stafford M.S.D.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her aunt, Lena Noto, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Ross and Mary Bonano, her sister, Lena B. Fachorn, her husband, Leon Scarcella, and her former husband, Louis Havens.

Visitation was held from 6;00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2003, a Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1510 Fifth Street, Missouri City, Texas with Rev. David J. Zapalac, C.S.B., celebrant. Rite of Committal followed at Forest Park Lawndale's Garden of Gethsemane in Houston, Texas. A reception followed the interment at the Parish Hall of Holy Family Catholic Church. Members of the Stafford Police Department served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Havens Library Media Center - S.M.S.D. c/o Leonard Scarcella, 2277 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477.


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