Died: October 16, 2006
Estelle McClendon Pemberton Hundley was a woman of strong ties to her family, her friends and the Denton community, where she spent most of her 92 years. Mrs. Hundley died Oct. 16 at her home in Denton.
She was active for many years in business, her church, charitable organizations and community groups, but her first priority was always to her family.
Mrs. Hundley was born Jan. 16, 1914 in Seagoville to D.T. and Modena McClendon. The family moved to Denton soon after she was born. Mr. McClendon owned a paint and wallpaper store on West Hickory for many years.
Mrs. Hundley graduated from Denton High School at age 16 and received her bachelor's degree in business from the University of North Texas at age 19.
While in college, she married H.R. \"Buck\" Pemberton on Aug. 29, 1932. Like many local couples during the depression, the pair eloped to Marietta in Love County, Okla.
She was an astute businesswoman and worked for many years alongside Mr.Pemberton at the companies associated with Allen Butane Co. She later managed rental properties in the Denton area.
Mr. Pemberton died April 1, 1975.
On May 5, 1977, she married James \"Kib\" Hundley, whom she had known since their days at Denton High School. The couple enjoyed many trips together. Mr. Hundley died Oct. 19, 1993.
Throughout her life, she was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton. For many years, she was active in Soroptimist International, an organization for businesswomen to promote service to their communities. She also enjoyed supporting the Denton Community Theater as a member of First Nighters.
Mrs. Hundley was an avid bridge player and loved to go shopping with friends, her daughters and grandchildren.
She had the gift of hospitality; her door was always open to her many friends, to her family and to their friends. Her home was the center of many holiday celebrations.
She was the epitome of a Southern lady, grace and generosity mixed with strength and determination.
Mrs. Hundley is survived by her daughters, Nita Ann Karnes of Albuquerque, N.M., and Bette Jean Crider of Denton; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, October 19, 2006 in the Chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton, with Dr. James Porter, officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home for visitation from 7;00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. Denton, TX 76201