Margaret Humes 1954-2021 ….
Margaret Humes 1954-2021
Margaret Humes was born Feb. 8, 1954, in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Willy and Constance Wessels. At the age of 1, her family moved to the Netherlands until 1959, at which time the opportunity arose to move to America. In November 1959, Willy and Connie loaded up their seven children and moved to America, eventually settling in LaPuente, California. Margaret, now 5 years old, was confident that when she arrived in America, it would be all cowboys and indians, but she was introduced to New York City.
Margaret was very active and popular throughout her school years and up to the time of her passing remained very close to many of her classmates. Not long after her graduation, Margaret married and started a family. The family would grow to include four children; Levi, Blair, Christopher and Ricky. The marriage ended in divorce, and Margaret became a single mother.
It was during that marriage that Margaret entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now with a family, she was no longer comfortable living in the world and the lusts of it, and she hungered for something more real. She found peace, joy and comfort in Jesus Christ and accepted Jesus into to her life as her savior. She put complete trust in him for the rest of her life, a life which has reaped an abundance of fruit for Christ and continues to do so even after her passing.
In August 1980, Margaret met Bruce, and they fell in love. They were married on May 23, 1981. This marriage would increase the number of children in the family to six, since Bruce had two of his own children, Torrie and Eric.
Work would take the family to Southern Nevada. They resided for the next 22 years in Logandale, Nevada. There, Margaret remained busy being a mother and wife, but she found work doing something she truly loved: teaching preschool. She worked with preschool children for 12 years. She truly loved the work and looked forward each year to a new group of children.
After retirement, and with the children pretty much grown and out of the house, Margaret and Bruce decided to move to Southern California. This decision was readily accepted by Margaret, for she really never acclimated to the summer heat. For her, it was an answer to prayer. At the time of the move she stated, “22 years here is enough.” She was very happy and excited to be moving back to Southern California to be near her mother and other family and friends.
So, in August 2008, after God literally opened the door, they moved to Seal Beach and settled in the retirement community of Leisure World. Margaret quickly settled in and got involved with many of LW’s service clubs. She had a servant’s heart and took great joy in caring for and serving others. She also loved to dance and was part of several dance groups. She and Bruce found a solid Bible-teaching church and began a new phase in their life together.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Bruce; her mother, Connie Wessels; her four children, Levi Gregory, and his wife Lisa; Blair Gregory; Chris Gregory and his wife, Sherilyn; Eric Humes and his wife, Elizabeth; her six siblings, Barbara Robinson, Rick Wessels, Annette Domaracki and her husband, Joe; Phillip Wessels and his wife, Debbie; Marja Stoll; Dave Wessels and his wife, Laura; 11 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.
Margaret was preceded in death by her father, Willy, her son Ricky; her daughter Torrie; and her beloved sister-in-law Judy Wessels (Rick), who passed the same day from cancer. Think of that, they both are rejoicing in heaven.
Margaret was full of love, and that love overflowed in abundance to the family and her friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Oct.16, at 2 p.m. in Clunhouse 4.