Margaret Ruth Southard, 97, of Englewood, Fla., passed away from this earth and into her heavenly home Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Sarasota, Fla.
Margaret was born in Sarasota County, Fla., to the late Berry and Jenny Holland on Jan. 3, 1917. In addition to a full life of service to her family, she was the school cafeteria supervisor for many years at Venice High School.
A resident of Englewood for about 46 years, Margaret was a faithful, active member of New Hope Baptist Church of Englewood. Her greatest joys were her Savior and her family.
Margaret was preceded in death by her two husbands, Hollis Weaver and John Southard; son Sheldon Weaver; grandson Carl Weaver Jr.; and two brothers, Gilbert and Fred Holland.
Margaret is survived by her son Carl (Paula) Weaver, of Bartow, Ga.; daughter, Linda (Clyde) Holland of Englewood, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eighteen great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas of Lithia, Fla., and Sam Holland of Osprey, Fla.; two sisters, Julia DeGrow of Bartow, Ga., and Shirley Gill of Fort Lonesome, Fla.; and many other beloved relatives.
Services: Viewing will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m., at New Hope Baptist Church, 2100 Englewood Road, Englewood, Fla., with funeral services at 11 a.m. Graveside services and interment will be on Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 10232 State Route 674, Wimauma, Fla. Dinner will be provided after each service on Saturday and Sunday. Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church in Margaret Southard’s memory.