Margaret Mallison went home on May 25, 2022.
Margaret was born Margaret Burnett April 12, 1926 in Danville, VA. She was the second oldest of eight children and began her life just a few years before the depression. She had to quit school after starting the third grade to take care of her siblings while her parents worked. It was a very hard life, but her family found humor in routine things and their love for each other. Three of her brothers preceded her in death, Melvin, Paul, and Floyd. She is survived by four remaining siblings, Emma, Helen, Becky (Bill) and Bobby (Lois).
When she was barely old enough, she went to work in the cotton mills spinning thread. It was hard, loud work and before safety was a concern. She met the love of her life, Marion R Mallison, in a movie theater. They married, moved to Virginia Beach where they raised four children. Life was hard but Margaret knew how to stretch a Buffalo nickel until it screamed! She sewed her children’s clothes, made every meal from scratch and did her best to make sure her family had what they needed.
She was predeceased in death by her husband, Marion R. Mallison Sr. and her daughter Laura Neal. She is survived by three children, Vicky Friedrichs (Roy), Carol Mantel (Dave) and Marty Mallison (Teri). She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and one more great great on the way.
Margaret was a lifelong member of Freedom Fellowship Church and was their oldest member. She dedicated her life to God, her family and her friends. Her Church family supported her and each other through good times and bad. She loved to laugh and even as her age advanced; she had more energy than anyone else. She used to say to family and friends, don’t ask me to go somewhere unless you really want me to go because my answer will always be yes! She loved new places and new experiences, but she also loved the calmness of sitting on her porch swing watching the world go by. She laughed at everything, and found humor in everything, even when things didn’t turn out as planned. Or, maybe especially, when things didn’t turn out as planned.
Her final act of generosity was to donate her body to scientific research. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00am at Freedom Fellowship, 836 Regency Dr, VA Beach, VA. Visitation and refreshments will follow. Donations in her memory may be made to the Freedom Fellowship food pantry.
The family would like to thank Luci and her staff at Stonehaven Adult home and Sentara hospice staff for the care and concern.