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Family, friends remember faith-filled Victoria couple

By Bianca Montes
April 29, 2014 at 9 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.

Frank Hendrix, 69, and his wife, Margaret Hendrix, 66, of Victoria, were killed in a head-on collision Monday on U.S. Highway 183 just south of state Highway 111 in DeWitt County. The couple was active in the First United Methodist Church. She was a retired school teacher and he was retired from Quintana Oil  Company.

Frank and Margaret Hendrix shared a strong faith.

It was an integral part of the couple's life, Minnie Lou Sutton said about her sister and brother-in-law.

"My sister was a wonderful, wonderful lady," Sutton said. "She always had faith."

The Victoria couple died Monday afternoon after the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by another motorist. A Department of Public Safety trooper said the Hendrixes were southbound on U.S. Highway 183 when a northbound Ford F-250 pulling a camper blew a tire and crossed over into their lane of traffic.

The Ford, driven by Chris Ideus, 24, of Gonzales, hit the front of the driver's door, Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant said.

The five people in the truck were treated and released at hospitals in Victoria and Austin.

Margaret Hendrix, 66, was a retired second-grade teacher whose students took to Facebook after learning about the wreck to share memories and old class photos.

"She was just always that stereotypical sweet, happy teacher," Kristan Alvarez, 32, of Victoria, said. "She was enthusiastic. She was patient. She taught 20-plus kids how to do handwriting - I really don't think I have a serious bad memory of her."

Alvarez said every time she picks up a pencil, she remembers Hendrix.

Wendy Hughes, another student of Hendrix, said she remembers her second-grade teacher as "larger than life."

"She always seemed like a giant in many ways to me," Hughes, 35, of Victoria, said, "but had a gentleness to her that was very reassuring to a frustrated 8-year-old who was struggling with math."

Hendrix would go out of her way to help students, Hughes said. She would buy lunch for students whose parents forgot to send them to school with lunch money, and she would call parents just to tell them how proud she was.

A memory that will forever stick out, however, was from later in life when her former teacher prayed with her in the middle of a school cafeteria. As an adult, Hughes reconnected with Hendrix, who comforted her through a difficult time.

"I was going through a divorce at the time, and it had been a bad day for me," she said. "I was trying hard not to cry, but she gave me a hug, told me to let it out, and as I cried, she prayed over me.

"I can't put into words what that single act of kindness meant to me."

Frank Hendrix, 69, was retired from Quintana oil company.

Sutton said her sister and brother-in-law were strong members of the First United Methodist Church community, where they taught classes, sang in the choir and delivered communion to those unable to attend service. They also volunteered at Christ's Kitchen.

The Hendrixes had two sons, Carlton and Ed, and five grandchildren - all girls - whom they loved to have tea parties with, Sutton said.

"(They're) gonna be missed."



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