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.