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Margaret Mary McMurry Griffith came into this world in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 13, 1946, the first of three children to Dr. Edgar and Carolyn McMurry. Not long after her birth, her parents, both Marines during WWII, moved the family to College Station to take advantage of the G.I. Bill. It was not surprising that Margaret, a prolific reader who loved learning, excelled in school.
In her senior year she was elected Class President at A&M Consolidated High School, a job she enjoyed long after graduation as she continued to work with classmates to organize reunions and host social gatherings.
She briefly attended Texas Tech University, later transferring to Sam Houston University. She reluctantly agreed to go on a blind date as a favor to a friend, and at the end of the February evening, he asked her to Senior Ring Dance. They both knew they had fallen in love. Six months later Craig asked for Margaret’s hand in marriage. Dr. McMurry agreed, but made Craig promise that Margaret would finish her degree. They were married on January 20, 1968 and started their 22 year military life together. The promise was fulfilled when they were sent to Leavenworth, Kansas, where Margaret immediately enrolled and completed her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University. Following Craig’s military retirement, they returned to College Station, where Margaret received her Masters Degree in Health Education.
Margaret set her sights on the one Health Educator position that existed at Texas A&M, and when the position became available, she got it. “Maggie the Aggie” soon was in great demand with different organizations around campus, but she especially enjoyed providing health education to the university’s athletic teams. Craig and Margaret both retired from Texas A&M in 2008.
Margaret continued to be very active in the College Station community, holding various leadership positions in the Newcomer’s Club, the Evening Garden Club, the Officer’s Wives Club, and two local book clubs. Margaret spent her life involved and active in many pursuits. Over the years, she chaired various clubs, organized different events and worked tirelessly on behalf of others. But perhaps she will most be remembered for her ability to connect with people and to be interested in their story. When she asked someone a question, she listened to the answer; she especially enjoyed visiting with people about their aspirations and dreams, always encouraging others towards possibilities. In short, she loved people.
Margaret was a friend to everyone and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Carolyn McMurry and her sister, Ann McMurry Hardaway. She is survived by her husband Craig, her sister Dorothy, her son Jason, her daughter-in-law Beth, and two granddaughters Tess and Elle. On behalf of Margaret, her family would like to express sincerest thanks to her medical providers and countless friends who have supported her over the past several months following her initial surgery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The American Heart Association in her honor.
Her life will be celebrated at 11am Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan, with interment to follow at the College Station City Cemetery. There will be a visitation for friends and family one hour prior to the service.
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