Sep. 27, 1916 Merritt Pamlico County North Carolina, USA
Apr. 16, 2009 Tallahassee Leon County Florida, USA
Margaret Elizabeth Davis Winstead, age 92, died April 16, 2009, at Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee, Fla. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Arlington United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1400 University Blvd. North, Jacksonville, FL 32211 or to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Main St., Enterprise, FL 32725. Margaret was born September 27, 1916, in Merritt's Creek, N.C. She was the fourth of seven children of the late Aaron Heide Davis and Madola Shepard Davis of Burgaw, N.C. The Davis family was noted for careers in education, public service, and medicine in the Carolinas. In 1980, Margaret retired after a long teaching career in high school math and science in Wilmington, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. During these years she continued to focus her life on family, friends, and church activities. Margaret served 12 years as treasurer for Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional teacher organization. In 2002, Margaret moved to Tallahassee to be near her daughter, Betty. Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Betty Winstead Ashler (Phil, Jr.) of Tallahassee, and Erin Heide Davis. A sister and brother still reside in North and South Carolina. She has three grandchildren, Philip Andrew Ashler of Orlando, Fla., Heide Elise Donalson (Scott) of Tulsa, Okla., and Mary Beth Dunning (David) of Celina, TX; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, who have faithfully visited and written cards over the years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Platt Winstead (Jacksonville, Fla.; her parents, two brothers and two sisters in North and South Carolina. The family would like to thank members of the Monticello United Methodist Church and St. John's Episcopal Church for their visitation ministry. Great appreciation is also extended to the caregivers and staff at Harbor Chase (Tallahassee), Jefferson Health and Rehabilitation Center (Monticello) and Big Bend Hospice (Tallahassee) for their loving kindness and care.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on April 20, 2009.