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Margaret Elizabeth (Brooks) Boone

November 2, 1937 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Margaret Boone Obituary

Margaret Elizabeth (Brooks) Boone, 86, of Bridgewater, NJ, formerly of Fairfax Station, VA, passed February 28, 2024.

She was the daughter of the late Will Walker Brooks and Mary Louise Brooks (Tapp) was born on November 2, 1937, in South Boston, VA.   She was the eldest of three siblings (Will and Gary).  Margaret was called home on February 28, 2024.

Margaret’s family moved from Virginia to the Somerset Projects at 1202 Short Court in Baltimore in the early 1940s.   At the age of 4 she met, who would become her husband, Howard Boone and whose family lived on the floor below.  The Boones and the Brooks families would share a strong bond from then until today.

Margaret attended Dunbar High School in Baltimore.  Her first date was attending the senior prom with Howard.  While dating, they enjoyed taking rides in Howard’s father’s Hudson out on Route 40 to get some NC barbeque and going to the edge of Druid Hill Park and looking over the city.  Margaret graduated from Dunbar High School in 1956 and briefly attended Towson Teachers College before marrying Howard.

Howard and Margaret were married on December 6, 1957, and she became an army officer’s wife and as was the case throughout her life she showed a talent and passion for the job.  Prior to moving to Germany, they had their first son Kenneth.  As Howard and Margaret moved around the United States and the world, they were blessed with three more children: Gregory, Roger and Dana.  Margaret was an exemplary wife and mother who always went the extra mile for her children and was determined to make sure her family had the best.

In the late 70s with four children in school, she returned to college to finish what she started in 1956.  She graduated from Towson State and went on to teach first and second grade for over 20 years in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Always looking to grow, Margaret obtained a master’s degree in education from VA Tech and served as an Assistant Principal in Falls Church Public Schools.  She was dedicated to her students and took pride in the important work she did.  She retired from her career as an educator with over 25 years of service. 

Margaret was always active in her community.  She saw the need for African American youth in the area to fellowship and learn together.  Nothing existed so she mobilized a group of likeminded mothers and became a founding member of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.  She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Jack and Jill for her efforts. She was also a proud member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority where she lent her talent and passion to serving her sorority.  Margaret was a woman of  varied interests and  took violin lessons and played in an over 70 basketball league.   And, throughout her life she loved to entertain friends and family and was always the consummate hostess.

Life after her “retirement” was fulfilling and active.  She began her full-time walk of faith and focused on serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She became a Deaconess at Antioch Baptist Church and led numerous church initiatives and ministries.  She also took missionary trips to Brazil, Kenya and Senegal which fed her need to be busy with His work.   She was fed at Antioch!  There was no place Margaret would rather be than at Antioch praising His name!  The friends she made during her service enriched her life and gave her much joy!

In December 2010, Margaret suffered a stroke that left her immobile and unable to communicate verbally.    Even that didn’t stop her from welcoming family and friends on visits to see her.   She was still the perfect hostess, making sure visitors had a place to sit and had everything they needed.  If there was bitterness with her situation, it never showed.   Her smile, her laughter, her hugs, her kisses and caring presence were always available and provided comfort and strength to all she encountered.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Colonel Howard Boone (Ret.), who passed away in October 2009.

She also leaves behind four children, Kenny (Francine), Gregory, Roger (LaRhonda) and Dana, nine grandchildren: Christine, Blaire (deceased), Hope, Gregory, Gabrielle, Garrett, Corinth, Foster and Jackson, 7 great grandchildren: Gideon, Gia, AlYah, AlYasha, Yaacob, Abigail and Kiana, two brothers:  Will (Cheryl) Brooks, Gary (Karen) Brooks, ESQ and many nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm with funeral services starting at 12 pm at Antioch Baptist Church, 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA, 22039.  Rev. Dr. Melvin Jones will deliver the eulogy.
 

Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
March 14, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Antioch Baptist Church
6531 Little Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Funeral Service
Thursday
March 14, 2024

12:00 PM
Antioch Baptist Church
6531 Little Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

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