Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 27, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Margaret Meadows Walton, of Charlottesville, and a long time resident of Waynesboro, passed away on Dec. 25, 2008. Margaret was born in Page County, Va., on Sept. 12, 1925, the only daughter of the late William Dorsey and Mattie Taylor Meadows. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewie, Alvah and Howard Meadows; three half-brothers, Clarence, Elmer and Earl Meadows; two half-sisters, Ollie Meadows Adams and Catherine Meadows Eppard and very recently, her niece, Joyce Meadows McGee. Margaret was the widow of Richard Lee “Dick” Walton.
She is survived by three daughters and their families, Judith Lynch and husband, Bill, of Charlottesville, Faye Sobel and husband, Ron, of Suffolk and Gayle Mapstone and husband, Frank, of Waynesboro. There are six grandchildren, Darren Lynch and wife, Ana Maria, of Charlottesville, Monica Lynch, of Richmond, Jason Goodloe and wife, Amy, of Fairfax, Blaine Swisher and husband, Paul, of Chesapeake, Jared Mapstone and Jacob Mapstone, both of Waynesboro; and one step-grandson, David Sobel and wife, Sharon, of Fairfax. Margaret was blessed with six great-grandchildren, Adalee and Amelia Lynch, Cameron, Emileigh and Taylor Goodloe and Jacob Swisher. Also surviving are her nephew, Gene Meadows, of Waynesboro, and her sister-in-law, Clara Meadows, of Newport News.
Margaret spent her childhood years in the small community of Jolletts in Page County. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in Shenandoah, Va. in 1942 and in the fall she married Dick Walton. Following their marriage, they enrolled in the Harrisonburg Vocational School. They both became certified welders to aid in the support of World War II and relocated to Pascagoula, Miss., to work for Ingalls Shipbuilding. Shortly after their arrival in Mississippi, Dick was drafted into the Army Air Corp and Margaret returned to Waynesboro. At the conclusion of the war, Dick joined her in Waynesboro where they resided with their three daughters and became active members of the community.
While in Waynesboro, Margaret was a charter member of Alpha Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, retaining her membership for 20 years. She was a former member of the Waynesboro Business & Professional Woman’s Club. Margaret worked part time at Waynesboro Community Hospital and assisted with her husband’s business, Walton’s Esso Servicenter. In 1975 she became a Realtor in Waynesboro belonging to the Local, State and National Board of Realtors. Margaret later moved to Charlottesville and was a House Director for Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at the University of Virginia for 10 years. She was a member of the Shadwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Suffolk Chapter of the Colonial Dames.
Margaret was a long time member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro and most recently was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville.
Margaret’s greatest joy and the legacy she leaves is her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life was blessed in many ways; her family will continue to celebrate her and keep her memory forever in their hearts.
Margaret’s family will receive friends at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro, on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A funeral service for Margaret M. Walton will be held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House, 501 Park St., Charlottesville, VA 22901, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1500 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, Inc., 828 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.