Figueroa, Margaret Killough (Yee)

June 7, 1925 – September 1, 2007

Margaret Killough (Yee) Figueroa, 82, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2007. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Missions South Funeral Chapel. Funeral services are set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 at the chapel, with interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Born in Munford, Texas, Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Samuel Blackburn Killough (1813-1876) and Annette (Wheelock) Kimble Powers (1821-1906). Samuel Killough was a Robertson County judge, a county commissioner, a captain in the Confederate Army and a member of the Third Constitutional Convention of Texas. Margaret’s rich Texas background involved her family’s migration from Scotland to Murfreesboro, Tenn., then to Texas during the acquisition of land from land grants given by Stephen F. Austin while under Mexico’s rule.

Her family settled in Commanche, Erath, Ford and Ellis counties. Some settled around Nacogdoches, where a number of them were slain by American Indian and Mexican forces led by Vincente Cordova on October 5, 1838, in an attempt to take back Texas after Santa Anna’s defeat by General Sam Houston. A monument dedicated to the Killough Massacre can be seen in the cemetery where the Killoughs were buried in Mt. Selman, Texas, north of Jacksonville, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Yee Wing Get, the owner of Nebraska Food Center at 3455 Martin Luther King Dr. in San Antonio from 1965-1973, and Oswaldo Figueroa, veteran of World War II and retired federal employee of Kelly AFB; sisters, Frances, Irene, Ellen and Lucy; infant sister, Julie; brothers, Frank and Jim Killough; and parents Henry C. and Mary (Duran) Killough.

A truly great mother whose generosity and love for her children was unending and whose heart was as big as Texas itself is survived by her two sons, Richard Wayne Yee, Gene O. Yee and wife, Lynn; two grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Yee; and several nieces and nephews from the Hearne and Galveston areas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St Vincent de Paul Society Dining Room at 928 West Commerce St., San Antonio, Texas 78207-4444.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Margaret’s caregivers, Becky, Enrique and all the staff at Christus VNA Hospice for without their care and kindness, her passing would have been much more difficult.

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from 9/4/2007 – 9/5/2007.