Margaret Fay Mangum of Fredericksburg passed away on Tuesday, July 28, at her home at the age of 87 years.
Margaret was born October 9, 1932, in Llano, the youngest of five children of Charles Allen and Meda Eva Sanders Leverett.
She was an active and popular member of the 1950 Llano High graduating class. With a tall, athletic build, she played on the basketball team and marched as a band Majorette.
Raised during the Great Depression and WWII, Margaret did not have the opportunity to pursue a scholarly education, but she entered her adult life with superior homemaking skills, a sharp mind and a particular strength of character that was derived from a line of English ancestry, pioneers and Native Americans.
Margaret was loved and revered by her family as a dedicated wife and mother. In addition to raising five children, running a wellkept home, sewing clothes in the latest trends and cooking countless meals, she was also financially savvy. Margaret had a successful career as the budget coordinator for Conroe ISD. After “retiring” she owned and managed several antique businesses, most recently the Red Baron Antique Mall of Fredericksburg.
Margaret had a keen interest in history, was well-read, and authored three books of family genealogy, which not only detailed the facts of her ancestors, but also gave an insight into Texas history and a way of life that is now in the past.
Margaret is being welcomed into heaven by her husband and best friend. She married Gerald Mangum on December 24, 1950, at the age of 17 after a whirlwind courtship of six weeks. Margaret first met Jerry when he walked into the Corner Drug Store in Llano where she was working. The meeting was described in her book “I Remember” (1994). “You walked in and I can still see you … white shirt, starched jeans, the wildest boots I had ever seen. From that day on, you were my whole world.” Margaret and Jerry built a life together for the next 42 years – kids, houses, fast cars, dancing, friends, fortune and misfortune … managing to stay in love throughout it all.
Margaret will be greatly missed by her five children and their spouses: Sandy and Darrell Hickey, Travis and Carolyn Mangum, Gary and Nina Mangum, Shawn Mangum and Kelly Marciano; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with her husband and parents, Margaret was preceded in death by four siblings: Cecil, Raymond, and Charles Leverett, and a sister, Dorothy May Pritchett.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Bubba Stahl officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Encompass Hospice of San Antonio, or to the charity of one’s choice.