Mary Margaret was born on September 2, 1927 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Eugene Howard George and Nellie Rose Troxell. She attended St. James and St. Francis School and graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart Girls High School. She married William Clinton Wilcox on August 7, 1948, settling in St. Joseph, Missouri where they raised their 6 children. She and Bill later moved to South Bend, Indiana then Chicago, Illinois, followed by Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Los Angeles, California. She returned to Missouri in 2001 but never stopped traveling.
After her children were grown, Mary Margaret got her Business AA from Pierce College in Los Angeles and worked at the West LA Medical Center in the Inspector General’s office, where she was Secretary of the Year several times.
Besides her passion for her faith and her family, Mary loved her flowers. Her garden was a constant source of blooms and wonder. Mary was also an avid quilter with a strong belief that they could only be hand-stitched; she made quilts for all of her current great grandchildren. Plus she scoured antique stores so she could restore old quilts with precision and care to their original beauty.
Mary Margaret is preceded in death by her husband William, her son David, her parents, her brothers Harry and Donald and sisters Shirley and Janice. She is survived by her brothers Archie George and Charles George (Patsy), and her children Alan Wilcox (Chris), Joe Wilcox (Nancy), Jim Wilcox (Joanie), Kathleen (Joe Paquin), and Barb (Paul Skrentny). She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
A celebration of life will be held in the Spring at Mt. Olivet Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri. Arrangements will be shared once plans are finalized.
Her children are at peace knowing Mom & Dad are together again and watching over us from Heaven. Mary Margaret lived a full life — strong in her faith, fiercely devoted to her family and friends, always ready for adventures and sightseeing, eager to grow and learn with the times — and leaves behind a tremendous legacy. She will be missed but will always be remembered.