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Rev Margaret Mable “Maggie” LaBarre

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Rev Margaret Mable “Maggie” LaBarre

  • Birth 30 Jan 1880 Mount Pleasant, Isabella County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 11 Jun 1958 Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Burial Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Plot 692, Block YY.
  • Memorial ID 58494329

Margaret "Aunt Maggie" was a member of the W.C.T.U. (Woman's Christian Temperance Union) and State Evangelist in Michigan, during the early 1900's she was a worker at the Olive branch Mission in Chicago, in November of 1906, when she was just 26 years old, she went home to Michigan for two weeks, while there she was given a fair well by her home church and family, she then left for South Africa.
She spent a little over 50 years in Durban South Africa as an Educator, Missionary and Evangelistic Worker. Her last letter was received by my grandmother Ada Mae in March of 1958,she stated "would you like the birthday book of mothers?. What about the photos? I intend to get things fixed up so if I should pass out, someone will see to them as I leave a record. I do not think Fred's family would care for the old family records, nor mine".
Aunt Maggie is buried in South Africa, It is said that Aunt Maggie wrote a manuscript "The Huguenots to America" The La Barre/ LeBarr Family".
We have been unable to locate this manuscript. The Fred she referred to was her brother Frederick Hamilton LaBarre.

Aunt Maggie called the people of South Africa "Her Black Diamonds", she loved them so much and always spoke of them in her long letters home. Her choice was to stay and help them as much as she could. She loved her family back home, but she loved the people of Africa more,it was her life and love.
Aunt Maggie came home more then once, one time when she came for a visit, 07 September 1913, through Ellis Island, ( Records ), her voyage was from Cape Town, South Africa, to Southampton, Southamptonshire, England,UK to Ellis Island New York. Her ship of travel from Southampton was called the SS New York, she was 33 years old.

Stellawood Cemetery Durban Municipality
Burial; June 13, 1958., Grave number 692, Block YY.
Title deed. 1417 Dr. J.L. Rice
Residence., 130 Wood Road, Montclair, Durban, South Africa.
This writer has a copy of Aunt Maggie's last Will and Testament, sent to her from Graham Bode in South Africa. This writer has many letters from her, and from people telling about her work in Chicago and South Africa.
September of 2000 brought a wonderful surprise for this writer, the Johnsons ( who were close to Aunt Maggie) called , they live in Paulsbo, Washington. They had went to Africa in the early fifties and became friends with Aunt Maggie, they had many stories to tell.
The missionaries that took over for Aunt Maggie were murdered a few years later.
Aunt Maggie had spent over 50 years there and never felt like she was in danger, at least she never mentioned any dangers in her letters home.
They were always full of love and compassion for her people of Africa.


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  • Created by: Juliane Montgomery Burbach
  • Added: 11 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58494329
  • Juliane Montgomery Burbach
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Margaret Mable “Maggie” LaBarre (30 Jan 1880–11 Jun 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58494329, citing Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ; Maintained by Juliane Montgomery Burbach (contributor 47282284) .