Obituary - Mary MacQuiston Denman

Mary MacQuiston Denman

Mary MacQuiston Denman, who long summered in Jackson Hole, died March 25. She was 100.

Her family provided the following.

A longtime resident of Lufkin, Mary was born Nov. 15, 1918, in Texarkana, Texas, to Harvey MacQuiston and Nina Burnett MacQuiston.

Mary moved to Dallas with her family when her father, a well-known tennis player, started the Oak Lawn Tennis Club, and Mary and her sister Charlotte became champions. Mary started playing when she was 12 and won her state high school title at the age of 14. She won state junior doubles in 1933 and in 1934, state singles in 1936, as well as an Olympic meet in Dallas.

Mary attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1939 she married Arthur Temple Jr. and became the mother of Charlotte “Chotsy” Temple and Arthur “Buddy” Temple III.

Mary was active in Lufkin and was a devoted member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. She was one of four women who sponsored the Lufkin Service League, now the Junior League, an 80-year member of the Kappa Alumnae organization and a steadfast supporter of the Museum of East Texas.

In 1965 she married Kester W. Denman Jr. and lived in Austin and Conroe before returning home to Lufkin.

Her life in East Texas brought her friends and good times — she fished its lakes, enjoyed her Thursday card games and, earlier, played golf. Visits from her grandchildren, and later her great-grandchildren, are remembered fondly as great searches for her chocolate stash.

She and Kester loved cruises and saw much of the world. After Kester’s death she spent summers in Jackson Hole welcoming family and friends.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Temple; her daughter-in-law, Ellen Clarke Temple; eight grandchildren William “Spence” Spencer III and his wife, Kathryn, Chris Spencer, Arthur Spencer and his wife, Claire, Kathy Spencer Zelazny and her husband, Greg, Whitney Temple, John Hurst, Susan Temple and her husband, Rob Feagin, and Hannah Temple and her husband, Chris Sanders; 12 great-grandchildren, Sam Spencer, Sarah Spencer, Tyler Zelazny, Thomas Zelazny, Charlotte Spencer, Anna Spencer, Lilly Duquette, Walter Duquette, Helen Feagin, Maggie Grace, Mary Ellen Sanders and Robert A. Sanders; her niece, Susan Duke; and her nephews, Temple Barry, Stewart Barry, Bryan Barry, their spouses and children.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kester Denman Jr.; son Arthur “Buddy” Temple III; and sister Charlotte Barry.

The family gives special thanks for Teresa Chisolm and Mary’s devoted caregivers at PineCrest.

A memorial service was held Saturday at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Lufkin, Texas.

The family requests memorials to St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 919 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904, or the Museum of East Texas, 503 N. Second Street, Lufkin, TX 75904. Memories and condolences may be left at


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