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In Memory

Margaret Ronan

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October 21, 1951 - April 10, 2019

Celebration of Life Service
Friday, May 3, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm

H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel
1020 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-1022

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/atlanta-ga/margaret-ronan-8251143



Margaret always had a cheerful almost childlike excitement about hearing and discussing a variety of topics, sometimes so much so that she would talk while a speaker was doing a presentation, only to be shushed by those around her, but that was Margaret. And we were not annoyed, because, well, that was Margaret.

I remember our camaraderie as not small, but "fun size" people, and how small things made her happy. Her purse was filled with an odd assortment of objects that she would magically produce at equally odd times. There were things like a piece of coprolite with a dinosaur carved on it, a tiny medical camera that had taken a photographic tour of her digestive system, and a neon green monster finger puppet that Anita gave her. That simple little finger puppet brought her endless joy. That was Margaret.

As you look at the pictures below, remember Margaret. And although each of us lost a little bit of ourselves with her, remember that she left a little piece of herself with each of us.

Lori Carter, Webmaster
Photo by Jim Flora

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Hamming it up at a field trip in 2006
Photo by Jim Flora

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Doing a demo at the 2006 Rock Show
Photos by Lori Carter

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We had a wonderful "front steps field trip" at Fossil Section one night in 2014.
Margaret had a blast screening for fossils and she showed me her favorites.
She kept asking if we were going for BBQ later as that had been a custom after field trips in the past.
Her crooked finger was the result of a snake bite that earned her the nickname "Snake Bite"
Despite the pain of such an injury, she often joked about her finger by holding it out
to give directions but then saying that it meant you should turn, not go straight.
Photo by Lori Carter

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Margaret (left) was always on hand to help during work days at the club, like this one in 2014.
Photo by Lori Carter

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She was exhausted but still goofy after the grab bag filling party in 2014.
Photo by Lori Carter

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You could usually find her at the hospitality table at the rock show as seen here in 2014 sitting next to Chris Glass.
Photo by Lori Carter

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Margaret the vampire and her beloved monster finger puppet at the 2015 Halloween adopt-a-highway trash pick-up day.
Photos by Lori Carter

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She found her grab bag niche in 2015 -- busting rocks!
Photos by Lori Carter

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Margaret liked being an auction runner. Here she is working it at a work day auction in 2016.
Photos by Lori Carter

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Busting grab bag rocks in 2016.
Photo by Lori Carter

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She got Ivy in on her playtime at the 2016 rock show.
Photo by Lori Carter

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I just barely missed getting a picture of her in a dinosaur suit at the 2017 rock show.
Photo by Lori Carter

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Sitting with Diana after a field trip following adopt-a-highway in 2017.
Photo by Lori Carter

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Helping out at the show auction in 2018.
Photo by Lori Carter

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Modeling and running at the picnic auction in 2018.

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