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Mary Margaret "Margie" Medellin

Obituary for Mary Margaret "Margie" Medellin

March 15, 1943 - January 14, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 76


Mary Margaret "Margie" Medellin's life adventure began on March 15, 1943 in a Venezuelan oil camp during WWII. When she was 5 years old, she moved to cold and snowy Casper, WY, to begin her schooling. Soon the family relocated to Mexico City where she completed her primary education and grew roots in the Mexican culture that would prove formative to her future.

Margie completed high school at Hockaday School in Dallas, TX, and then she began her collegiate education at Colorado State University. To move closer to her extended family, she transferred to the University of Arkansas where she majored in English with a minor in Spanish. She shared many fond memories of her summer abroad in Valencia.

After studying in New York City at Katharine Gibbs she returned to Mexico City. Margie met and fell in love with Eduardo Medellin Cortazar. After Margie and Eddie were married, they settled into their life in Mexico City where Margie was heavily involved in the Junior League, and improving conditions in orphanages & charitable hospitals. They then started a family with the birth of Glen followed by Margaret and then Ralph. Life changes took Margie and the children to McAllen, TX where she began her teaching career with an interest in bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) education.

Margie was always up for an adventure. She loved family ski trips, fly fishing, traveling and exploring Hawaii and Arkansas. Her first love, though, was always her family. She dedicated her years after retirement to care for her parents, children and grandchildren. She commuted weekly between Houston and San Antonio to care for all the people that she loved. Her favorite role was being a grandmother to Nicholas, Anthony, Teresa, and Sebastian in San Antonio. They fondly remember the costumes she sewed, the 20-layer birthday cake and the many meals that she made with love. She died after a lengthy illness surrounded by the family that she loved so much. She will be remembered as a selfless and strong woman with a servant heart.

Margie was preceded in death by Eduardo Medellin Cortazar; her parents, Glen and Rose Nelle; her brother, Glen Nelle Jr. and nephew, William Thomas Niven. Margie is survived by her sister, Patricia Niven and husband William; sister-in-law, Betty Nelle Carpenter and husband Ronnie; her children, Glen Medellin and wife Michelle; Margaret Medellin and husband Greg; and Ralph Medellin and wife Parveen; grandchildren Nicholas, Anthony, Teresa, and Sebastian; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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