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Margaretta Long Toop

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Margaretta Long Toop Obituary
Margaretta Long Toop

AGE: 94 • Kingwood, TX

Margaretta Long Toop, 94, passed peacefully at home in Kingwood, Texas on March 20, 2017. Known to New Jersey relatives and her husband Frank as "Margie" (hard G) and as "Marge" south of the Mason-Dixon Line, she was universally popular, an unfailing wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Born in Everett village, Middletown Township, New Jersey on February 17, 1923 to Margaretta (Carton) and John Long, Mrs. Toop was predeceased by Frank; her brothers John and William; sisters Thelma Curchin, Elizabeth Chandler and Amelia McDaniel; granddaughter Melissa Robertson; and son-in-law Stephen Leonard. She is survived by her four children: Robert Toop and spouse Judith; Carol McCollough and spouse Clark; Janice Leonard; Deborah Robertson and spouse Richard. "Grandma" shared love with Brian, David and Katie McCollough; Jeffrey Leonard; and Jennifer and Melissa* Robertson. "GGMa" cherished six great-grandchildren: Samuel and Benjamin McCollough; Ann Elise and Claire Leonard; and Max and Cam McCollough.

Margaretta grew up in five Holmdel farmhouses, developing a love of cars and books, living without electricity, indoor plumbing or telephone. In 1939, she graduated from Red Bank High School, then trained in business typing and shorthand. She had clear handwriting and was a fast stenographer, typist and proofreader. After jobs at Red Bank real estate and law offices, in August 1941 she began work for the Marine Corps in Washington D.C. In March 1943, she married Army Air Force sergeant Frank Toop of Lincroft, New Jersey, who was on leave from war duty in Arizona. For the next twelve years, the growing family moved around the world, finally settling in Dover, Delaware.

Mrs. Toop was a wonderful mother, PTA president, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. After Frank returned from Vietnam and retired from the Air Force in 1968, she returned to office work, ending her career as secretary to Sherman Tribbett, governor of Delaware 1973-1977.

Her grandchildren will remember the joys of "River Bend", the retirement home Frank & Margaretta built on Delaware's Indian River: fishing, crabbing, sailing, and afternoon tea. Margaretta moved to Texas in 2001, lived near her daughter Carol, joined the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, and made many new friends.

A memorial service and reception will be held 2 PM August 10 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover, Delaware. Interment will be 1 PM August 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 24, 2017
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