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Victoria woman always finds enough in life

By Sara Sneath
March 18, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

Marjorie Treadaway, 83, stands in a  hallway in her Victoria home  filled with old photographs of her family. Treadaway was 17 years old when she met her husband, Frazier, who was 21 years old at the time, at the Rita Theater, where she worked at the ticket booth.

A single-serve coffee maker sits on the end of the kitchen counter in Marjorie Treadaway's mobile home.

"I like these little $5 coffee makers because they make just enough," Treadaway says, pouring a cup.

Throughout her life, enough is all Treadaway has ever required. The 83-year-old grew up on Commercial Street in downtown Victoria, the second daughter of a house painter and city employee.

She never had a lot of money or good fortune. She has had to overcome heartbreaking obstacles - the death of two loved ones and a fight with breast cancer. But she had enough strength to get through it.

When she was 17, Treadaway ran away from home to marry a Catholic man, using her book money to pay for the marriage license.

They had their first son in Victoria, moved to Houston, Austin and later Weslaco, having three more children along the way. Frazier, her husband, was a salesman with L.B. Price Mercantile Co. Treadaway worked odd jobs off and on while raising her kids.

At 58, Treadaway's doctor found a lump the size of a kitchen sponge in her left breast and ordered her to get a biopsy. But she didn't have insurance or cash to spare. She waited four years to qualify for Medicare, finally getting a biopsy at 62. It came back malignant.

She had a mastectomy on her left side.

"I've talked to the man upstairs a lot. Half of my chest is gone to the bone. It's just something I've had to accept," Treadaway said. "I've had to put it with the other pains I have and just look at it as part of my life."

On Thanksgiving Day 2001, her husband of 53 years passed away. She moved back to Victoria in 2002. Seven years later, her second-born child also passed away. He was 57.

"I had him when he was a beautiful little boy. All of my kids were beautiful," Treadaway said.

Losing her son felt like losing a part of her, she said.

"They say God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I evidently am pretty strong because looking back, I've handled a good bit," Treadaway said.

Despite her hardships, she's always found enough strength.

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