Margaret Stancil, an avid traveler, on an Alaska trip in the late 1990s.
After retiring from Walmart where she worked mostly as a retail clerk, she traveled extensively with a group of friends, venturing to all 50 states and across Europe. Her son, Anthony, said her love of people is what motivated her to see the world. She had a modest upbringing, but eventually visited places like Italy, England and Russia, he said.
“And that was from a little girl that … had cotton fields, and she picked cotton and hoed cotton fields and got paid maybe 50 cents a day,” Anthony “Tony” Stancil said of his mother. “… Just an amazing journey through this life.”
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Margaret Stancil was married to Roy N. Stancil, who was a prominent Cherokee County businessman. In the 1950s, Roy Stancil moved his diaper manufacturing plant from downtown Atlanta to Cherokee County, where he had also been raised.
That brought Margaret Stancil back to her roots and the community where she lived the rest of her life. There, she was a longtime member of Conn’s Creek Baptist Church and an avid card player — canasta was her game of choice. She loved to talk to people and to toil in her garden.
Margaret Stancil standing next to her sister Jane after gathering pears at their home near Ball Ground.
Anthony Stancil said he believes his mother will be remembered as a “wealth of knowledge” in her community.
“Most of all, people will remember her for her memories and her information she had,” Anthony Stancil said, noting people in the community often asked her about local history. “She was a loving, people person with a vast knowledge of occurrences and events in Cherokee County for a long time.”
He notes his mother’s mind was sharp up until the very end of her life. And while they weren’t able to be there with her at the hospital, he was quick to praise the staff who provided updates throughout her final days.
“They fought hard at the hospital, along with herself, but she lost the battle,” Anthony Stancil said.
During her hospital stay he was able to pass along messages to his mother over the phone. He wanted her to know that their family was doing well and that they loved her — the little girl from “meager means” who had gone on to see the world.