MARIETTA, Ga. - Ms. Margaret Hollingsworth Twilley, 90, of Marietta, formerly of Thomson, entered Heaven on Sunday, November 18, 2007, at Tranquility Hospice in Austell, Ga.
Born in Augusta, in 1917, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Marks Hollingsworth and Earl Crisp Hollingsworth. She graduated from Tubman High School in 1934 where she served as President of the Student Body, President of the Senior Class, Editor in Chief of the yearbook and was named the Most Popular student. Margaret graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC, in 1939 with a bachelor of arts in education. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career in Deepstep, Ga., followed by teaching positions in Eatonton, Ga., and Augusta. In 1944, she assumed the position of Director of Christian Education at Green Street Presbyterian Church in Augusta, which she held for 13 years until her marriage. The church was an integral part of her life, and she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was active in the UMW. She was widely respected for her Bible teaching for many years at Thomson First United Methodist Church. Her true, life-long passion was studying the word of God and sharing it with others. Margaret was also active in the community in a variety of ways, including speaking to groups about her love and knowledge of birds for which she was well-known; she also spoke to school groups about her months long trip to Africa in 1956 where she lived with missionary friends in what was then the Belgian Congo. She was given numerous artifacts and took movies of the everyday lives of the Congolese people. Margaret moved to Marietta in 2000 and lived at Atherton Place until shortly before her death. She joined Marietta First United Methodist Church, the Ruth Northcutt Circle and began teaching adult Sunday School shortly thereafter. Earlier this year, the United Methodist Women at Thomson First United Methodist Church honored Margaret by naming one of their women's Circles "The Margaret Twilley Circle."
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Ralph "Pat" Twilley; her son Mark Hollingsworth Twilley; her sister Jane Hollingsworth Haile and her brother E. C. Hollingsworth, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Twilley Johnstone and son-in-law J. Brian Johnstone; grandson J. Brian Johnstone, Jr.; granddaughter Margaret Spence Johnstone and step-son Ralph Twilley, Jr., all of Marietta.
Following a private burial in Thomson, a memorial service celebrating her life was held on Wednesday, November 28, at 1 p.m. at Thomson First United Methodist Church with Dr. Sam Matthews and the Rev. Sam Storey officiating. A reception was held immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Thomson First United Methodist Church, Marietta First United Methodist Church or Wellstar Tranquility Hospice.