Marilyn Townsend Challenner

Profile Updated: July 31, 2014
Residing In: New Braunfels, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Gene
Occupation: Retired
Children and Grandchildren:
Three children: Melissa, 35 years old. Stephanie 34 years old. Grant 32 years old. Two in Oklahoma. More… One living in Hawaii with Navy Seal hubby and son. Four "grandboys".
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School Story or Favorite Memory:

Have been reminiscing over the pictures here on website. I supposed high school had some good, some great, some not-so-great memories. I remember Mrs. Sanders, my English teacher, who really believed in me. I remember my great times with the Madrigals and Clay and Caia and Sharon and Doug and....who else? Music was my life and it was my "good place to be".

Did you have any nicknames in school?

Not to my face!

What classmates have you kept in touch with over the years?

Eyvonne Childress and Cindy Cates, only.

What is your favorite quote or bible scripture?

"Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides Thee. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my refuge forever."

God allows what He hates so He can do what He loves.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read. Meet with friends and have deep conversations about their/my lives. I hate chatter. I am very, very picky about who my friends are. I do not mind being fact, I actually enjoy my company!

Music, music.

Travel, travel.

If you knew then what you know now, what would it be?

That I do NOT have to apologize for my existence, and that "there are no big deals".

What is the farthest you have traveled?

Europe. New Zealand and Australia.

Did you ever skip school and if so, what did you do?

No, too afraid.

What's your favorite kind of food or restaurant?

Thai food, or any gourmet restaurant. I hate fast food....any of it.

If you don't live in Austin, how often do you get back to visit?

I try to avoid Austin wherever possible. Nothing personal, I just hate driving there.

Besides, I did NOT enjoy going to the University of Texas. Bad memories, all the way around. Actually I hated my high school years in Austin, too, to be honest....except for music. I simply was not true to myself.

What is your favorite movie(s)?

Sound of Music? (That is pathetic!) But my husband and I go to the movies once a week....for the popcorn! We have seen a bunch of great movies, but they don't come to mind. I also liked Chicago.

Have you ever lived in a foreign country?

Just Oklahoma! My husband lived in Australia and New Zealand.

What is a funny story about your kids/grandkids?

I have funny stories about my kids, but they would make me look ridiculous, too, so I will pass!

Describe your first car

Bright orange Dodge Dart.

As you look back on your life, what advice would you give to your kids or grand kids?

Learn to love well and never withdraw that love, while you simultaneously guard well the treasures inside your skin that God gave you.

Do you have any hobbies or what do you do for fun?

Travel. Go out to eat with friends....

What do you do to stay fit?

Stay away from diet coke and salads....everyone who eats those, seem to be fat.

Have you been able to attend all the reunions?

Not a single one.

What teacher stands out most in your memory and why?

Mrs. Sanders. She was amazing yet thought that I was, a time when I had no idea what she was talking about.

What did you do for fun back in high school?


If you could re-live your high school years, what would you do differently?

Be true to myself.

Would you be open to doing a combination reunion with the classes from 66-69?


What would we be surprised to know about you?

You knew very little....mite be surprised about everything, if you asked!

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Apr 22, 2019 at 10:55 AM

Monte I am very sorrowful with you in this. While I was not supportive at a much earlier "crisis" in your life, how I wish I could be there for/with you in this one. I am so very grateful that you have the arms of a loving husband and a loving Savior into whom to fall. Be good to yourself in this time and know that you are surrounded in perhaps even unknown places and unlikely people who are cheering you and your family, on. Wish I could see you.

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Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 at 9:56 AM

Hi Bobby. I saw your pics on the reunion album and I swear you have not changed in appearance one iota, it seems. I do remember that you were ALWAYS welcoming, friendly and kind. One good memory among many other kinds of memories, some not so great. Thanks for the memory and happy birthday. I know it is early but if I don't do it now, I KNOW I will not remember on time....

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Jan 22, 2019 at 11:33 AM

I came to Reagan High School with resentments from being made to move to Austin from San Angelo, and with somewhat of a determination to make myself as invisible as possible while there.  I was successful pretty much of the time.  I do not remember one single word passing between Ronnie and myself the entire time at Reagan High School and was glad when graduation came.  HOWEVER,  Ronnie's love for his people, his tenderness in his annual birthday calls, his genuine humility and caring has forever made a permanent impression upon my heart and has transformed my memories from non-existent, to fondness, and that without ever having formally met him.  He is the embodiment of what it means to be a committed disciple of the loving Jesus to a lost and hurting world, in order to bring them out of isolation into a caring community.  Thank you, Ronnie...and I simply cannot wait to meet you in Heaven so that you can SEE who you are talking to, this time.  Waiting to give you a mighty, might hug. 

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Jul 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Happy Birthday, little Monte!! So...have a very, very, very happy one. You deserve it!

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Posted on: Dec 04, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Okay, Connie this is ridiculous. You live in San Antonio, me in New Braunfels. Give me a time and place to meet just once...for old time's sake!!

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Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

...and oh yeah....happy birthday!!

Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Of course I am still feasting on the memory of meeting up in Austin for lunch. That is the last time I was so daring as to try to drive in Austin. Meeting and renewing was totally worth the dare! I love the "end of your story", having known the beginning. We have an amazing God.....

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