Margaret Ann Pool Park passed away at Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, NC on
Friday, November 23, 2018 following complications from a brain injury due to a fall.
She and her husband, Robert, retired from Naperville, Illinois to Hendersonville, North
Carolina, where they resided ten years before moving in 2004 to Twin Lakes Community.
Margaret was born September 13, 1931, in Colfax, Iowa to Raymond and Vera James Pool.
Her creative gifts lead her to serve Peoria Players (Peoria, IL) as Costume Designer,
Co-Chairman for the Sesquicentennial Ball in Naperville, and later as floral designer for
twenty one years in the same community. She was owner and operator of “Blossom” for
twelve of those years. Margaret and her staff decorated many homes at Christmas time for
charitable causes, and was best known for the wedding and party floral work they created
for occasions throughout the Chicago area.
Margaret’s love for people and relationships and her heart to serve them was evidenced
throughout her life. She was an active member of her college sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and
served in Alumnae leadership roles on the Bradley University campus, Peoria, IL. This is
where she met her beloved husband, Robert. She was also a member of PEO Sisterhood,
Chapter CM in Burlington, a philanthropic organization which supports women’s educational
Her love for Christ and service also extended through her church. She was a member of
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, and
Frieden’s Lutheran Church in Gibsonville. There she participated in Stephen’s Ministry,
WELCA, and served as a Communion Server for the Homebound. Most recently, she was a
member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Burlington, serving on the Altar Guild
and on the Pastoral Care Team.
Margaret loved her family and devoted herself to them all her life, believing they were
her greatest gift from God. Her greatest last wish was granted to have her family gathered
around her in a previously planned reunion with her on Thanksgiving Day. During those
precious moments, she gave her priceless blessing to her family, as she reached out to each
one in her love, and then passed away the next day.
Margaret was preceded in death in 2012 by her husband Robert of fifty nine years. Her
parents, brother and two sisters preceded her in death as well. She leaves her loving
legacy to her four children: Laurie Mueller (Richard) St. Charles, Illinois; Douglas Park
(Tammy) Lewisville, Texas; Carol Matthews, Brentwood, Tennessee; Dr. Stephen
Park (Kristin) Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as to ten grandchildren: Christopher
Mueller (Ellen) Ann Arbor, Michigan; Leslie Galarza (Rady) Glendale Heights, Illinois;
Jason Park (Bethany) Orlando, Florida; Jared and Janae Park, Lewisville, Texas; Megan
Spainhour (Todd) Nashville, Tennessee; Jordan Matthews, Orlando, Florida; Evan Park,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Sara Park, New York City, New York; and Chloe Park, Burbank,
California, and to two greatgrandchildren, Ryan and Cora Mueller and two others expected.
A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 320 East
Davis Street, Burlington, North Carolina in March, 2019, with a date and time to be
determined and announced in the future. Burial will be in Peoria, Illinois at a later date to be
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
PO Box 1336, Burlington, North Carolina 27216, or to Twin Lakes Community Resident
Assistance Program, attention Laura McDaniel 3701 Wade Coble Drive, Burlington,
North Carolina 27215.