Dr. Margaret "Maggie" Alice Haines, born November 1, 1927, passed into the arms of Jesus on October 15, 2013, at River Valley Rehab in Blountstown, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jefferson Millet Haines and La Vaga Riddle Haines.
She attended Judson College, where her uncle was President of the College, and received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, and minor in Girls P.E. and French. After a brief marriage to Alton Baker, she began her teaching profession at Leesburg High School in Florida. While teaching mathematics at LHS, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Education and finished her advanced studies at the University of Tennessee. Due to her elderly parents’ illnesses, she returned to Orlando, FL, to teach at Orlando Jr. College, now Southern University. After her father’s death in 1989, she accepted a Professor in Mathematics position at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA. At the age of 65, she began and completed a Doctorate in Education to meet SAC requirements. After teaching for 20 years at Brewton-Parker College, she reluctantly retired from her profession of 59 years due to heart surgery complications and breast/bone cancer.
She was President of Orlando Pilot’s Club and an Affiliate President of the Georgia General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Her hobbies were drawing, painting, writing biblical studies, and having her book, When Good Christians Go Wrong, published in 2007. Her joy came from appearing as “Maggie the Clown” for children and retirement homes, plus numerous civic events.
In 1991, she moved into the home of family friend, Bobbi Pope Johnson, where she enjoyed being included as part of the extended family and became an adopted grandma to Bobbi's youngest daughter, Jaime, who was her greatest joy.
She is survived by family friend, Bobbi Pope Johnson, of Altha, FL; her adopted granddaughter, Jaime Alexander, and her husband, Roger Alexander ,of Midland, TX; Raymond Blades, his sons and their families, all of Central Florida; Beverly McSheehy-Ballard, her children and their families of Russellville, AR; and Roy and Linda Pope and their son, Allen, all of Kinard, FL.
Many thanks are extended to Gail Dees, her occasional caregiver; Dr. Flick; Jason, her chemotherapy nurse; the staff at Jackson Hospital; the staff of River Valley Rehab and the Emerald Coast Hospice staff who assisted in her care; her former students; fellow professors; distant cousins; and her lifetime friends, especially Be-Ann of Leesburg, FL and Nell Atkins of Orlando, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brewton-Parker College Memorial Bricks in her name, or to the American Cancer and/or Heart Associations in Florida. A memorial service and spreading of Maggie's ashes will be held November 1st at Mexico Beach, FL, celebrating what would have been her 86th birthday.
Peavy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (ph. 674-2266).