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Mrs. Margaret Boone Lindsey, 98, of Raleigh, NC departed this earthly life on Wednesday November 15, 2023. Funeral service at 11:00 AM Tuesday November 28, 2023 at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth Street, Raleigh, NC, preceded by a 10:30 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.
Born on September 10,1925 in Woodland, NC, Margaret Marie Boone was the eighth child of Johnnie L. and Flossie Anderson Boone. She had loving, self-sufficient parents who oversaw a tightknit clan of six sons and four daughters. Margaret and her sisters, Montrose and Geneva, were especially close. They were spiritually nurtured at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, and were educated at Woodland Graded School, a Rosenwald building. They thrived in school. Margaret showed a special interest in mathematics, and she was the valedictorian of her class at W. S. Creecy High School in Rich Square, NC. With the encouragement of one of her teachers, Mrs. P.A. Bishop, Margaret’s skill in mathematics became her lifelong contribution to education.
Margaret, Montrose and Geneva became Shaw Bears at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Margaret was a cheerleader in college. In 1951, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and a minor in science. She studied additionally at Columbia University, North Carolina State University and at St. Augustine’s College. While in Raleigh, she met her husband, Lawrence Lindsey. Lawrence, Jr., and Valerie Kaye were born to this union.
Margaret began her long career in education by teaching at the Veteran’s Administration School for returning World War II veterans; Darden High School (Wilson); Fuquay Consolidated High School; John W. Ligon High School (Raleigh); and the school from which she retired: Jesse O. Sanderson High (Raleigh).
During these years, she touched the lives of numerous students and co-workers who kept in touch with her through phone calls, visits, and birthday celebrations.
Margaret and Lawrence, Sr., believed in educating their children. Their greatest accomplishment was the education of their children and grandson. Lawrence, Jr., received his B.A. from Winston Salem State University and his master’s from Kent State University. Valerie received her B.A. from Shaw University and her B.S. magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University. Margaret’s beloved grandson, Lawrence Ashley Lindsey made his grandmother proud as an alumnus and faculty member of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and for his sought-after work as a New York based dancer, choreographer, and director for the UNCSA Summer Dance School.
Margaret was involved with many organizations: North Carolina Retired Teachers’ Association; Wake County Health and Human Services Board; The Shaw University National Alumni Association (life member); Shaw University Wake-Raleigh Alumni Association; Friends of the Shaw University Library; The Raleigh Chapter of Delicados, and International Church Women.
Her leadership roles included treasurer of Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, chairperson of the Deaconess Board of the First Congregational Church, president of the Woman’s Club of the First Congregational Church and president of the Prestige Club of Retired Educators.
Mrs. Lindsey’s work as a tutor with two programs showcased her love for teaching and helping students before and after her retirement. She directed the tutorial program at The First Congregational Church for more than twenty years and worked for more than ten years with the Shaw University AAA Tutorial Program.
Margaret’s religious journey led her from active membership at The First Congregational Church to entering full communion (in 2005) with the Roman Catholic Church, serving as Minister of the Eucharist at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Both churches are in Raleigh.
Lawrence, Jr. (Raleigh), Valerie (Raleigh), and Ashley (New York City) will remember their Mama and Grandmother as loving, nurturing, dedicated, and supportive. Her last surviving sibling, Montrose Boone Bunch of Silver Springs, MD will remember her as her lifelong loving sister who, at 98 years old, still called her to check on her. Aunt Margaret’s nieces and nephews will remember her as the aunt who readily opened her home for their visits with a home-cooked meal and who was proud of their accomplishments. Mrs. Lindsey will be remembered by her students, colleagues and friends as a smart, professional, impeccably dressed, petite teacher who sported a stylish, size 4 ½ shoe.
After a life of service to God, family, friends and her community, Margaret peacefully transitioned on November 15, 2023. She was loved in life and is loved in death.