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Margaret B. Venable, 93, passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2016, surrounded by her family.
Margaret was born in Princess Anne County, the daughter of the late Carl Elliott Baxter and Evie Eggleston Baxter, and the oldest living relative of the Baxter and Baum families. She was preceded in death by James I. Lankford and Samuel W. Venable.
After graduating from high school and business college, Margaret worked as a clerk for Sidney Kellam at the County Courthouse. Later she worked in the insurance industry and as a bookkeeper for a Virginia Beach real estate office.
Margaret truly was a unique, loving woman. She had three children but over the years many others had their feet under her table. She welcomed them all into her home with love, great cooking and a healthy dose of mothering, direction and wisdom.
Margaret was a country girl with a strong Christian faith and endless willingness to help others and to give of herself, as evidenced by her active support of her church and her involvement with the Linlier Civic League and Meals on Wheels. She was a founding member of Bessie Billups’ King’s Daughters Circle and organizer of the Oceanside Circle.
The family received solid support during Margaret’s illiness and would like to thank the loving caregivers of SeniorCorp, especially Christine, Claire and Kathy Ann; during her final year she was greatly comforted by their efforts. The family also would like to thank the caring nurses and support staff at Beach General for guiding Margaret and the family through the last difficult days and Dr. James Kazakis for his wonderful bedside manner and sage advice.
She is survived by her daughter Meg Lankford (Gordon Bailey); sons Carl Lankford (Peggy) and Paul Venable (Melissa); four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Lankford, Samuel Venable, Maxwell Venable and Macie Venable; stepsons, Jimmy Lankford, Jess Venable, Woodson Venable and Joseph Venable; and extended Baxter, Baum, Lankford and Venable family members.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Blackwater Baptist Church Cemetery, 6000 Blackwater Road, Virginia Beach, Va. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 36th St., Virginia Beach, Va.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters or the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.