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Margot Theis Raven MT. PLEASANT - Margot Theis Raven was born in Indianapolis, IN on August 30, 1950 and died in Mt. Pleasant, SC on August 16, 2014. She was the oldest daughter of Bob Theis, Sr., and the late Peggy Theis of Vero Beach, FL. She is survived by her husband, Tom Hanton, her three siblings; Bob Theis, Jr., Peggy Smith, and Nancy Weed and four adult children; Scott, Bryan, and twins Ashley and Mike Raven. Margot was an accomplished fine art painter and a national award-winning author with ten published books. While living in the Boston area during the mid-90s, Margot re-embraced her early love of painting by studying at Boston's celebrated De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park. At the De Cordova, Margot was highly influenced by classic approaches to oil painting and pastels as well as by the unique color theories originated by Germany's famous Bauhaus school. "I don't want a painting to tell the viewer what he can see for himself. I strive to unleash what the viewer senses deep inside about a subject so the truth of the subject - its story - is unveiled," she once related. Margot was a member of the Charleston Artist Guild with her paintings being represented by several Charleston and Alexandria, VA art galleries. She was also honored to sit on the board of the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art (San Antonio), which annually showcases the International Masters of Fine Art Invitational Exhibit. As a national award-winning author, Margot's long professional career included writing in the fields of radio, television, magazine, newspapers, and children's books. She has more than 1,000 published articles to her name, and ten published children's picture books. Her last book, "RAGS - Hero Dog of WWI," was just released on August 2, 2014. Margot's children's books are unique, bridging generations of readers through the belief that the worst of times can bring out the best in people. Often set against powerful backdrops such as World War I or America's civil rights period, her books tell stories of history and capture moving moments in the lives of real people - often quiet ones - who become inspirational heroes by their example. Her national awards include: * The prestigious International Reading Association's Teacher's Choice and Children's Choice Awards; * A First Place for the 2002 Midwest Children's Literature Book Award; * A Storytelling World Honor Award; * The Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award; * The Fielder Freedom Award; * A Children's Crown Honor Book Award; * A select nomination for the James Madison Book Award, which recognizes excellence in knowledge and understanding of American History. Margot will be deeply missed by her close family and many nationwide friends. Family and friends are invited to attend her Liturgy of Christian Burial Mass 11:00AM, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the St. Benedict Catholic Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail, Mt. Pleasant, SC. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648 or online www.tnbcfoundation.org Arrangements are being handled by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home's, Mt Pleasant Chapel. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcalister-smith.com Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston



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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014.
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August 10, 2019
TOM AND MARGOT
ROXANNE Riccio
Friend
August 10, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, BEAUTIFUL BOOK
ROXANNE RICCIO
Friend
August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019
My dear buddy, i miss your smile, your voice and your presence. I am reminded daily by the beauty of your art which I proudly display. I love one of the last pieces you created it hangs in my bedroom and I see it every day and it brings me back to you, you explained how you created in in correspondence to your battle, you were one of the bravest warriors. Your family was everything to you, your legacy will go on and your blessings to all are immeasurable, I miss you my dear friend and hold many memories that will always be in my heart. Tom, Ashley, Michael, Scott and Brian and all of the family members take care of each other as you carry on your Moms legacy. Ashley and Suzanne your Noah is a true gift from God, love all the photos. Love, all the Riccio's
Roxanne RICCIO
Friend
March 2, 2017
I just learned of this dear author's passing. She came to our school, Gilbert Middle School, in 2003 when my husband was deployed to Iraq and read America's White Table on our news show, in an assembly and at our family night in honor of the unit. We were privileged to have her for the whole day, celebrating Veterans Day with our teachers and students. She was such a lady of grace and talent. I will always remember that our paths crossed, and I am a person for that.
Sharmen Oswald
March 6, 2016
Tom I am so sorry to hear about margo.I met both of you when I worked the southeastern books.you both were so kind and loving. Margo told me the story of the mosquitos and the American flag when you were a pow. I got to meet two wonderful people whom I will never forget.I recently lost my husband so I understand some. May God keep you .
Jimmie Hanner
February 20, 2016
I am deeply saddened to learn of Ms Raven's passing. I just recently learned of her work, through one of her books- "Circle Unbroken", a touching story that contains beautiful illustrations.

She will live on through her numerous endeavors. Let us all praise God for her life, labors, loves and longevity.

Family, be comforted in John 3:16, with joyful anticipation of a sweet, heavenly reunion someday.

Sincerely,


Arranger/Composer/Educator
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Lela Anderson
November 22, 2015
I just read that Margot passed away last year, I am saddened beyond words. I knew her back in the early 60's and often wondered where her life took her. She is just as Beautiful as I remember. Condolences to her family, may God bless you all.

Tony Palloni
September 28, 2015
Margot, remembering days at Rosemont, Jersey shore and Florida. I have thought about you often through the years,
Donna Meyer
September 17, 2014
We treasure the White Table books she autograhed for us and our grands. What a beautiful God-given gift Margo has been to so many, and especially to you, Tom.
Clay and Ginger Lewis
September 17, 2014
Tom, Grief can be so hard, but our memories of our loved one help us to cope. May God bless you and hold you close during this time of sorrow.
Carla and Gloria Tyree
September 11, 2014
Tom,
I am so very sorry to hear of your great loss. There are no words to ease the pain, but I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and comfort you, my friend.
Marty Cavato
September 8, 2014
Tom, I was so sad to hear about the passing of Margo. What a wonderful, talented and insightful lady. She was such a kind, soft spoken person and her eyes lit up when we talked about her paintings. She loved to paint so much and what a great outlet for her during those real tough times. You struck me as such a patient person when we would talk on and on about her work. Thank you for giving her that sweet time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tom during this time. She was a great light to this world.

Give us a call. We have a few things of Margo's that you will want to keep. God bless you.
Marty and Paula Clark
August 31, 2014
Tom, so sad for the loss of your beautiful wife. My deepest condolences.
Don Brown
August 28, 2014
In Memory
Cannon Street Little League All Stars
August 27, 2014
Elle and I are very sad at losing Margot so soon. She was a lovely person and a determined fighter. She's an early gift to heaven.
Hector and Elle Marquez
August 25, 2014
Tom, So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and family members. May God's love bring you peace in this sad time. Roz Knapp
August 24, 2014
Tom,
We are so sorry for your loss of Morgot. May god's blessing comfort you. Our prayers are with you.
Gary & Judy Smith
Gary & Judy Smith
August 24, 2014
Your situation is so sad Tom. You have lost such a lovely and accomplished partner. It will be impossible for me not to think of you often and hope you are doing as well as possible.
Wayne Thompson
August 24, 2014
Tom, Marybeth and i are sadden by your loss.
Tom Edmonds
August 24, 2014
Tom,
So sorry for your loss. Know you and yours are in my prayers. Jim has been gone 16 years and it still is hard.
Barb Davis
Barb Davis
August 24, 2014
Condolences to you and the family. Your family and your POW family will be with you in this trying time.

David & Jill Drummond
David & Jill Drummond
August 24, 2014
Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. Lean on your friends and family to get through this difficult time. The loss is never something you get over, you just get used to living with it. Karen Black
Karen Black
August 19, 2014
FOR MY BFF
ROXANNE RICCIO
August 19, 2014
Our yellow rose
Roxanne Riccio
August 19, 2014
Margot's creation
Roxanne Riccio
August 19, 2014
hattitude by Margot
Roxanne Riccio
August 19, 2014
Margot's creation
Roxanne Riccio
August 19, 2014
Margot's creation
August 18, 2014
DEAR BOB, I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE SHARED A SMALL PART OF MARGOT'S AMAZING LIFE. SHE WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED BY ALL THOSE LIVES SHE TOUCHED. DON'T KNOW WHERE THE REST OF US ARE GOING , BUT I'M SURE OF WHERE SHE IS NOW. PEACE BE WITH YOU
BETTE LATHROP
August 18, 2014
Dear Tom, My love and prayers go out to you and my heart is filled with sadness at the loss of Margot, your wife and my dearest friend. Words cannot express the heartache I feel for you and Margot's family. My admiration for her spirit and strength throughout her battle know no bounds. I am so saddened by her loss. I share your grief and send my love to you. Maureen Brookfield
August 18, 2014
Dear Tom,

My sincere condolences and sympathy to you and Margot's family for your loss. She was a very special and talented lady, one whom Maureen and I knew well and grew to care so much for over many years, and one who has left us all too soon. Her fighting spirit over these final years we admired greatly, as we have the incredible and wonderful strength and support you gave so lovingly to her. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Don
August 18, 2014
Condolence: To: the Theis/Raven Family, Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the entire family with the passing of your dear mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Margot was an extremely talented and caring lady, one who passed from this world all too soon, and Maureen and I share in your grief and still can't believe she's left us. We will always remember the good times, with her and all of you, and her spirit and zest for living will live on, through her books, art, and wonderful heart, for many years to come. Love to you all, Maureen and Don Brookfield
August 18, 2014
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Bill Mcfadden
August 18, 2014
Tom and family.....what a light Margot is for all of us. Her love of expression, her love of history, her love of country, her love of family.
She has taught us all so very much in her life and her battle with cancer. What a brave fighter. Her memory lives on and we shall not forget her touch here....Prayers of strength
Maureen Turner San Francisco, CA
August 18, 2014
Dear Tom,
We are so sorry to hear of Margot's passing. Michael and I send our deepest sympathy. You will be in our prayers. Love, Carol and Michael
Carol Armstrong-Mitchell
August 18, 2014
Tom

You're my oldest and very best friend--I can't honestly feel your pain, but I know it's there and Elaine & I share in your mourning. We feel cheated never having met Margot, but you've told us enough to know she was a very special lady. This, too will pass. Hang in there.
Steve & Elaine Ladd
August 17, 2014
Tom and family, thinking of you at this time. My prayers are with you and Margot, you were blessed to have your time with each other.
David Hutto
August 17, 2014
Tom,
Gregg and I are so sorry to hear about your sweet Margot. We remember meeting her in Orlando, and just how beautiful, sweet, and kind she was. Please know we are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers.
Gregg and Jamie Hanson
August 17, 2014
Together we mourn your loss, Tom. May God's healing Grace restore you, may His greater love for you and your own faith sustain you in this time of grief. You and your family are in our prayers and waking thoughts. God bless you, my dear friend.
Bob and Thuy Johnston
August 17, 2014
We had the pleasure of knowing Margot during stay in Hudson, OH. She was a whirlwind - raising the kids, meticulously researching background for (I think) her first book, tirelessly raising money for the Hattie Larlham home for severely disabled children and chairing the Social Committee at the local club. It was our pleasure knowing her. She will certainly be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Bob and Barb Raaf
August 17, 2014
Tom and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Margot and family.
August 17, 2014
The brightest star in the sky is gone....
love and prayers to Tom and family
Marjory and Peter Wentworth
August 17, 2014
Tom, Lou and I grieve the loss of Margot. She was a wonderful person. We regret not knowing her longer.
Harlan Pinkerton
August 17, 2014
So glad we got to spend time with Margot on your visits to Texas. She enjoyed life and marveled at everything around her. Mom thought she was a breath of fresh air when she visited the farm.
We will miss her.
Love you both.
William Keen
August 17, 2014
My dearest bff, where do I start, our spiritual connection was the beginning of an incredible friendship and love, you have been the most loyal and loving friend to myself and my family, you were always there for me with kind words and any advice requested. You have a beautiful family and I know how proud you were of all of their accomplishments. Your sisters are priceless, and Asher a true gift from God. Tom I want to thank you for your unconditional care of my buddy, this has been a long journey. Margot was a unbelievable artist and book writer, but what really stands out for me is her true deep love for family, Margot never had a unkind word to say, she always thought of others before herself, and was always there for me and my family through some of the toughest times I could always rely on Margot to walk me through it, I will miss our phone converstations and time spent together, but I will always carry those memories in my heart, Frank, Frank Jr., Taylor, Parker, Ashley, Alyson, Gram, Lisa, Danny, and spot will miss you dearly, and so many of our mutual friends, Greyson will arrive in September and I will tell him all about you, I will read your books to him and your memory will always be. For now my bff, I send you many gigs and always remember Olive Juice, forever and a day,
Roxanne Riccio
August 17, 2014
My darling Margot, as you so often heard from me, I love you more than a full moon and longer than forever, your love in return has enveloped me as no other. Thank you for your love in return and beautiful life together. Your loving husband, Tom
Tom Hanton
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