Marguerite 'Margie' Garr McCreight of ChesterSprings Marguerite "Margie" Garr McCreight lost her battle with lung cancer on January 10, 2013. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Jack T. Garr and the late Marguerite Sutter Garr. Margie attended Margaret Hall Finishing School, Versailles, Kentucky, and the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1955, she won the right to compete in the "Miss America" contest by being crowned "Miss Ohio." She sang and played the autoharp as her talent. She was passionate about the preservation of both historic buildings and open space. She served as a member of the West Pikeland Architectural Review Board for 25 years and as chairperson for 15 years. She was a member of the West Pikeland Historic Society. Margie was instrumental in developing financial resources for the purchase and preservation of the 140 acres that constitute Yellow Springs historical sight. She helped gain township commitment for financial support for the Mill at Anselma, Kerfeal (the Albert Barnes Country Homestead) plus the purchase of the 70 acre Davis property for open space on Yellow Springs Road. This property is now a township park. Margie was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and the Chi Omega Sorority. She raised boxer puppies and was active in the Eastern Boxer Club. As an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, she wrote "A Church Mouse's Christmas" for the young people of the church. She and her husband Andrew lived in their historic home in West Pikeland Township for over 50 years. Margie is survived by her husband and youngest son, David. Her oldest son, Andrew, preceded her in death and will be buried alongside her. Her family and friends will be celebrating her life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1105 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery. Following the burial, a reception will be held in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the
, 527 Plymouth Rd., Suite 402, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. "She lived; she loved; she laughed; she left."
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Published in The Daily Local on Apr. 24, 2013