Business and philanthropy icon Margaret Talkington passes away - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock business and philanthropy icon Margaret Talkington passes away

Margaret Talkington with former President George W. Bush in her home in 2009 - photo from friends of the Talkington family Margaret Talkington with former President George W. Bush in her home in 2009 - photo from friends of the Talkington family
Margaret with J.T. Talkinton - photo from friends of the family Margaret with J.T. Talkinton - photo from friends of the family

By James Clark | email  And By Amber Stegall | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A source close to the family of Margaret Talkington confirms that she passed away Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m.  According to Texas driver license records, she was 95-years-old. 

Talkington was the wife of J.T. Talkington, and both were known for business and philanthropy in Lubbock.  They founded Margaret's, which was a women's specialty store in the mid-1940's. 

Just this year, Margaret Talkington was honored by the Texas Education Agency. Also, a Lubbock I.S.D. school, The Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, is named for her.  She is also known for her contributions to charitable causes such as the Lubbock Area Foundation. 

Other benefactors of her generosity include: Underwood Center For The Arts, "The Legacy" (a former church in downtown Lubbock now used for public events), various early learning centers, and Talkington Plaza. 

Talkington was also a founding member of the Science Spectrum and a new exhibit recreates a portion of her store including the clothes and furniture.

"I knew her personally," said former Lubbock Mayor Alan Henry. "She was a longtime friend of mine, and I want everyone to remember her as a humble person.  And she cared about everything that went on in Lubbock."

"She was a good friend with a keen wit and a keen interest in people," Henry continues.  "She was the most forward looking person I have ever met...  She did not overlook an opportunity to go out and experience life."

Henry says she leaves behind one niece and one nephew, whom she loved very much, "but her friends in Lubbock were her family as well."

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