Margaret Woodrow Wilson

Margaret Woodrow Wilson

Birth
Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, USA
Death 12 Feb 1944 (aged 57)
Pondicherry, Pondicherry Territory, India
Burial Pondicherry, Pondicherry Territory, India
Memorial ID 17995286 · View Source
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Margaret Wilson was Born in Gainesville, Georgia, She was the Daughter of President Woodrow Wilson And his first wife Ellen Axson Wilson! She never married, She was brifly the White House hostess after the death of the mother until Her father remarried in 1915.Margaret attended Goucher College in Baltimore, and trained in voice and piano at the Peabody Institute of Music. The soprano debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Syracuse in 1915 and performed at camps and benefits for the Red Cross all during World War I. Wilson retired from singing in 1923 to work at an advertising agency. In later years, she turned to Indian mysticism. She died of uremia in a religious community in India at the age of 57 In 1938 Margaret Woodrow Wilson joined a spiritual community, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India, and sat at the feet of her spiritual Master, Sri Aurobindo. She declared, "Here is one on earth whom one can love all one's life and in whom one can lose oneself." She received the name Nishtha from her master. He wrote this about it: "Nishtha means one pointed, fixed and steady concentration, devotion and faith in the single aim -the Divine and the Divine Realisation" (November 5, 1938). Both father and daughter embodied faith, the divine quality, in full measure- the father in humanity's cause, the daughter in divinity's cause. Once when a physical ailment of hers tended to be serious and it was suggested to her to return to America and consult her family doctor, she flatly refused, saying, "They can take care of my body, but who will take care of my soul?" Margaret Woodrow Wilson passed away on February 12 1944. Her tombstone in the cemetery of Pondicherry, the small town in South India that is the home of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, bears the simple inscription: "Ci-git la dépouille mortelle de Nishtha, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, 16 avril 1886-12 février 1944." died in Pondicherry, India from uremia

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Pondicherry Cemetery
Madras, India


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  • Created by: George S. Ellington
  • Added: 19 Feb 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17995286
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Woodrow Wilson (16 Apr 1886–12 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17995286, citing Cemetery at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, Pondicherry Territory, India ; Maintained by George S. Ellington (contributor 15672281) .