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Margaret Riley Lines

April 4, 1951 January 17, 2016
Margaret Riley Lines
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MARGARET RILEY LINES Margaret Riley Lines, of Quincy, died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, as she underwent a double lung transplant. She is survived by her husband, Blucher B. Lines, and her children, Katherine Russell Lines, of Seattle, Washington, John Dupont Lines, of Washington, D.C., and Margaret Munroe Lines, of Brooklyn, New York. Margaret is also survived by her sister Elna Riley Brendel, of Birmingham, Alabama, and her nephews, Richard David Brendel of Charleston, South Carolina, and Russell Riley Brendel of Seattle, Washington. Margaret was born in Birmingham on April 4, 1951. She proudly treasured her lifelong Birmingham friends, including those nicknamed "the Meemies." She was graduated from Mount Vernon College for Women, Washington, D.C. and attended the Universities of Georgia and Alabama. She earned a diploma from the University of the South for education for ministry. Margaret and her daughter Katherine, "Kate," studied voice at FSU with the late David Wingate, the music school's nationally recognized professor of music. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Quincy where she served as senior warden, altar guild president, and was the multi-tasking "church office lady." She was a founding angel and performer for the Quincy Music Theatre, where she was able to express her lifelong love for musical theater. She was a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee. "Margaret was the embodiment of Southern grace and warmth," said her husband of 38 years, Blucher Lines. "She was devoted to our family and we are all the better for it. As is Maclay School which the children attended and benefitted from her volunteering in theater, chorus and with the swim team. She approached her volunteer work as a professional which explains her insistence on becoming an expert timer for the swim team. She always saw the best in others. Visitors to our home were always made to feel welcome, charmed by her beautiful smile." She loved music and the theater and she was recognized by the community for being a convincing actress. Her favorite roles were as the Cowardly Lion in the "Wizard of Oz" and Miss Hannigan in "Annie." As the Lines children grew up, Margaret's natural gift for music and performing stood her in good stead: she fostered in her three children a deep appreciation of music, something they all came to bond over. She and daughter Margaret enjoyed watching what they called "trash TV" which explained their knowledge about the lives of the housewives of New Jersey, New York and L.A. For diversions, Margaret excelled in artful activities including flower arranging and wood carving. She served as her household's chief mechanic and plumber. A service of Holy Communion will be celebrated for her at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 10 West King Street, Quincy. A reception at the Parish Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Paul's Church.


Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 10 W. King St. Quincy, FL 32351
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