Margaretta Gaston Carr, 74, of St. Marys passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015, closing the last chapter on her adventurous life story.
Hailed as an incredible mother, spirited card player, and admirer story and art, she leaves a loving family and a community who admired her, to mourn her death and celebrate her life.Her story began in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 1941. She was the third of four children, the only girl born to Benjamin M. Gaston, a World War II veteran and insurance executive, and Margaretta A. Sloan, a caring mother and socialite. They taught her the importance of good manners, great friendships, and that character is measured by who you are when no one is watching. She was incredibly proud of her parents and her greatest aim was to make them proud in return. An acclaimed athlete and great student throughout her education, she graduated high school from the Baldwin School. After which, she married the late, Thomas S. Carr, Jr. in 1959. Margaretta spent much of the next two decades living all over the world, creating homes for her ever growing family in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Upon the family’s return to the United States, Margaretta resided in Tampa, Florida before moving to St. Marys, Georgia in 1999. Together with business partner Tomoko Izumi in Tokyo, Japan, Margaretta, over the course of twenty five years, built a successful antiques export business, which she was closely involved with until her passing. Margaretta, who was renowned for her ability to spot a bargain, spent countless hours scouring antique shops and flea markets procuring the perfect items to be shipped and later sold in Japan. She was a passionate grower of roses and loved to play bridge – greatly enjoying her games with close friends in St Marys. Margaretta always treated daily life as a grand adventure. She expressed an appreciation of animals, especially dogs, and was a great lover of nature. She always championed the underdog, and drew out the best in everyone. She suffered with meaning and endured with dignity and grace. Always a survivor, Margaretta received a liver transplant in 2000. She appreciated this gift of life as miraculous and lived the remainder of her years encouraging all that she came into contact to become an organ donor. After her grandmother and mother were afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, Margaretta also actively promoted the best possible assisted living care for patients. Whether it was visits to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy the change of seasons or off to visit friends scattered all over, Margaretta’s love for travel never ended. Over the last few years, she enjoyed her trip to Bali, Indonesia to see her only son, a fantastic visit to Nova Scotia, Canada with friends and most recently, a sail around the Caribbean Islands to check off a few more items that she had not seen. A great thinker and an even greater listener, she always had a thoughtful response for those who looked to her for support, guidance, and perspective. Her rare combination of intelligence, wit, and compassion will be missed. She lived every moment of her life up until her death.
Margaretta is survived by three children whose lives she infused with confidence and love, Sloan Carr, Kimberly Bromley (Michael) and Margaretta “Maury” Stewart (Mike); three adored grandsons, Jonathan Fees, Christian and Dominic Bromley; her remaining brother William Gaston and sister in law Katie; two nieces and five nephews. She follows her two daughters Elizabeth and Susannah Carr; two brothers, Benjamin and Maurice Gaston, and parents, Benjamin and Margaretta Gaston. She loved them all and knew they loved her.
Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Camden County Humane Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
An inurnment will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.