|Margaret Mead spent the majority of her adult life as the wife of a United Methodist minister in the Louisiana Conference. She was born on December 16, 1917 in Camden, Arkansas to Ethel Crowell and John Norman Proffitt and grew up on the family farm near Camden. After graduating from high school, Margaret attended business college and was employed in the retail business. She married Frederick Anthony Mead on July 24, 1942 and was faithful in her support of her husband and service to the church from the time of his entry into the ministry shortly after his return from military service in World War II. She enjoyed working with the WSCS and teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. After her children grew older, Margaret worked again outside the home, principally as an elementary school teacher. She lived the life of a Methodist minister’s wife, moving often. Together Fred and Margaret served many pastorates in the Louisiana Conference including Downsville, Doyline, Collinston, Sicily Island, Rayne, Buras, Berwick, Mer Rouge, Barksdale in Bossier City and Hodge where they retired in 1973. They were married for 54 years until his death in 1996. Margaret died on April 1, 2001 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Margaret is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Wrenette and H. Allen Whartenby of Waskom, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, F. Holt and Susan Mead of Flemington, New Jersey; and two beloved grandsons, Matthew Mead and Kyle Mead of Flemington, New Jersey. She gave every endeavor her best effort.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2001, p. 259|