Margaret Hands


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Margaret Hands

Margaret Elizabeth Hands, 91, of Amarillo, died Friday, May 2, 2014.

Services will be on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer officiating. Private family burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia Street.

Margaret was born in Lamar, Missouri, to George and Naomi Button on April 6, 1923. She had one younger brother, Jim. After schooling, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and worked at a Ford dealership before becoming a dance instructor with Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Margaret coached competitive dance teams to competitions across the country and Cuba before meeting Hollis Hands while he was in medical school in 1953. When Hollis left for his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, Margaret followed him. They married Oct. 29, 1955.

In July 1960, following his residency and military service, Hollis and Margaret, with their two toddlers and expecting their third child, moved to Amarillo. Here Hollis started his Ob.-Gyn. practice, sharing an office with his brother, Dr. Sebel V. Hands, a general surgeon. For 18 years, Margaret enjoyed taking care of her family, working in her community and her church. When their three children went to college, Hollis encouraged Margaret to take an operating room technician course so she could assist him with his practice. For 28 years, Margaret worked hand in hand with Hollis. Margaret's greatest joys were her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, office family, Homebuilders Sunday School Class and her church.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jim Button.

Survivors include her husband, Hollis; son, Martin Hands and his wife, Carrie, and their newborn son, James Martin; daughter, Mary Harrell and her husband, Sam, and their daughters, Helen and Faith; son, Robert Hands and his wife, Paula, and their children, Kaleigh Ohmes and husband, Gary, and son, Michael; Holly Wyche and her husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Riley; Lisa Langan and her husband, Bobby, and son, Robby; Jacob Hands, Marti Hands, Andrew Hands, Thomas Hands, Annie Hands, Isaac Hands and Josiah Hands.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to PSUMC's Promises to Keep Building Fund at Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas 79101.

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