March 13, 1939 - December 31, 2017
Margaret Lee Woollett was born March 13, 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota to father, John Olson (deceased) and mother, Kathryn Gais (deceased). She passed away on December 31, 2017 in Plano, Texas. She is survived by her three daughters; Kathleen Nussbaum-Lingle, Kimberly Wingard, and Kelly Woollett. Margaret also leaves behind four loving grandchildren; Kelsey Nussbaum, Parker Nussbaum, Isaac Wingard, and Daniel Wingard. Other survivors include brothers Richard (wife Shelia) and Raymond Olson, sister Barbara Lutz, and son-in-law Matt Lingle. She was preceded in death by her only son, Rob Scott Woollett and ex-husband Bruce Woollett.
Margaret came from humble beginnings as the daughter of a taxi driver. Despite a very successful Real Estate career, she never forgot what was most important to her: family, friends, and faith. These were the three constants that guided her life.
While living in San Jose, California, Margaret ran a daycare service out of her home sometimes watching eight children in addition to her four children. She purposely took in children that other daycare facilities considered undesirable. This was one of many lessons of tolerance and compassion she taught her own children.
After moving to Plano in 1974, Margaret became a Realtor starting her career at Red Carpet Realty and eventually earning her broker’s license. It took her nearly a year to get her first sale in Real Estate. Most people would have thrown in the towel, but Margaret persevered, showing us all it pays to stick to your dreams. Not long afterwards, she was a multi-million-dollar producer sometimes selling as many as 90+ homes a year. Margaret worked with many other brokerages, most notably Coldwell Banker. As of late, Margaret had been assisting her daughter Kelly, who is a Realtor with Ebby Halliday.
In 1994, Margaret lost her only son to AIDS. What would have been a devastating loss to anyone, Margaret wanted to do something positive with her grief. She and a neighbor started an AIDS education group called Mother’s Hope. They convinced PISD to allow their group to share stories of their lost ones from AIDS and show parts of the AIDS quilt in Plano schools. Initially, they were only allowed to speak at the Senior High schools; however, due to its success they were granted permission to speak to all middle, high school and senior high schools in the district, educating hundreds of students about AIDS.
Margaret was also a devoted member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church. For many years she was part of the RCIA team, helping to shepherd people into the Catholic Church. She was not one to proselytize, but would rather lead by example. Over the years, her admirable devotion led many to seek the Catholic Church.
After successfully undergoing heart transplant surgery at the age of 69, Margaret fulfilled her promise to her beloved Virgin Mary, to spread the word of Mary’s love. She started a Rosary Maker’s Group at St. Mark’s in February 2010, growing the group to more than 80 members. Throughout the group’s tenure, they made over 65,000 rosaries which were distributed all over the world as far away as Indonesia, Argentina, Lithuania, South Africa, Vietnam, and to soldiers in Afghanistan. Many Rosaries were also distributed locally to hospitals, schools, prisons, and Catholic organizations. All the materials to make the rosaries were supplied by Margaret as a way of honoring the Virgin Mary.
Known for her boisterous laugh and spirited sense of humor, Margaret made every occasion more joyful often entertaining friends and family with hilarious stories about her life. With her warm embrace and her loving heart, she had the rare ability of making everyone feel better just being around her. Margaret touched many lives and set an example for all of us by leaving the world a better place than she found it. Margaret was admired and loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.
A mass will be held in her honor at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Plano on January 26th at 11:00am followed by a celebration luncheon at 12:15pm at St. Mark’s Pastor Center.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Margaret’s honor to the St. Mark’s Rosary Makers at 1105 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
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