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Margaret Talkington services today at Noon

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A memorial service for Margaret Weed Talkington is today at 12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock.

Margaret Talkington was 95-years-old. She passed away Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in her home surrounded by close friends.

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 from her private collection and furniture from the store.

"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."

Margaret requested memorials to be given to Lubbock Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.

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