Margaret Bunts Edwards went peacefully home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and her beloved husband Don ("D.O") of 54 years on October 28, 2009. She was born on Nov. 5, 1922 in Pulaski, VA to James Erastus Bunts and Hattie Neil Dixon, the youongst of 5
children. Hattie Bunts died when Margaret was 16 and Margaret continued to be raised by her father Jim and older sisters Thelma, Ima and Inez who she remained extremely close to for the rest of their lives. Margaret graduated from Pulaski High School and attended Greensboro Women’s College and National Business College. She married Don Edwards on Sept. 26, 1942. They lived in Roanoke, VA, wher t heir only child, Sharon Leigh, was born. They moved to Ft. Worth TX in 1957 and then to Orlando in 1963. While in Orlando, Margaret and Don were member of Rio Pinar Country Club where they enjoyed playing golf together (as long as Don did no offer instruction) and many good friendships. they were members of First United Methodist Church Orlando and the Turner-Torrance Sunday School class which at its height consisted of 100 plus members and whose care for each other had no equal. Margaret was president of the PTA at Dover Shores Elementary, Howard Middle School and Colonial High School. She particularly enjoyed her bridge club and her "Shangri La" girls, the group of 6 very special girlfriends who spent a week together every year.
In addition to her daughter Sharon, she is survived by her precious son-in-law. John W. Foster and four adored grandchildren, Jaclynn Foster Nielsen, Melanie, John Wayne and Patrick Foster. Margaret was most happy to learn that Melanie had become engaged to Andrew Snavely, who she considered part of the family already. She also was blessed with two great-children, Tyler and Alia Nielsen, who added a great deal of joy to her life. She is also survived by two very special nieces, Pat Worrell and Sandra Kline, a nephew, D.O. Ratcliff, and their spouses and a multitude of great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was known to all as "Aunt Marnie". Margaret was a beautiful woman both inside and out. She will be remembered for her sweet, gentle spirit and her constant care and concern for others.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando. Services will be Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church Orlando, 52 E. Jackson St, Orlando. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.