Margaret Marie Barron, nee White, was born July 3, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa to Mabel Stout and Harry E. White. She was the first girl to arrive after 3 boys, Ralph, Jack and Harold and was, of course, adored and fussed over by everyone and named "Rosebud" by her beloved Grandmother Stout. She grew to be a beautiful and highly respected woman with an elegant flair.
Harry, her father, insisted that each of his six children learn to play an instrument. Amid the honking and tooting from every corner of the house, Margaret learned to play the piano. A deeply devout Christian, she could play all the hymns sung by her large family, effortlessly moving between keys, modulating as needed and finishing with a gospel flourish. As years passed and each sibling married with their own children, holidays were huge affairs celebrated together with the fun-loving family. Each gathering would eventually end with Margaret sitting down at the piano and the singing would begin and last until the kids had to be carried home.
Throughout their youth she and her five siblings sang and played at church and at the Pontiac City Rescue Mission that her father had begun. It was there that The White Sisters Trio began, with Barbara and Doris. The three sang in their respective churches for many years together.
Until just before she passed at age 96, and while suffering with dementia, Margaret astonished everyone that her piano playing was still intact!
Her beloved husband, Jack Barron, passed March 17, 2017. She is the last of her 5 siblings to pass. She is survived by her three children, Constance, Pamela and Jack Roland; their children, Anahid, Haig and Alexan, Colleen and Charles, Madison, Audrey and Jennifer and great-grandchildren; Anja, Spencer and Kate, Megan and Simon, Christian, Ryan and Bruno.
She was a proud member of Rentz Baptist Church where she served in many capacities over the years, including president of WOM. She was famous for being wickedly good at the card game of Kings in the Corner and would beat the pants off of you into her 90s. She was fond of saying after she had won, again, "Come back when you learn how to play!"
The family of Mrs. Barron will receive friends on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10:00AM until 11:00AM at Rentz Baptist Church. Services will be held at 11:00AM at Rentz Baptist Church with burial to follow in Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.