Margaret Kingrea

January 23, 1927September 22, 2021

Lola Margaret “Margy” McCreary Kingrea, age 94, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Williamsburg Senior Living Community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was born on January 23, 1927, in Dallas, Texas to Lora and Owen McCreary. Margaret grew up an only child in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, loved dearly by her parents and her many kissing cousins.

Following high school graduation, Margaret worked part time while attending North Texas State College. After a whirlwind courtship---- Margaret married the love of her life, Charles “Leo” Kingrea on March 15, 1946. Leo was also an only child, and together he and Margaret created an enduring legacy of love through their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their two sons, Rick and David, were born in Narrows, Virginia. After Leo finished his studies, the family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where their third and final child, Kay, was born. Margaret and Leo raised their children in the Goodwood section of Baton Rouge, where they made many life-long friends. Almost daily, residents of Goodwood would hear Margaret’s voice boom from the porch as she reigned in her three children. For both Margy and Leo these were good years devoted to the children they loved. Margaret and Leo maintained a residence in Narrows, and after Leo’s retirement, they spent their summers in Virginia, where they enjoyed spending time with their best friends and traveling companions, Geneva and Paul Mullins.

Margaret became “Margy” with the birth of her oldest grandson and has been affectionately called that by most family member since. One of the things that made Margaret happiest was having her family together She especially enjoyed getting everyone together for a week-long vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, at the Pelican beach house. These were times when stories would be shared and laughter would flow; “Margy” not only contributed stories but participated in every moment of the many fun times.

While Margy’s family was of the utmost importance to her, she was also a strong woman of independent thought and determination, a leader of her generation of thoughtful women who had no trouble expressing her opinion. After Leo’s death, she was determined to live as independently as she could and she who had never lived alone, did so for the next twenty years. She had a great sense of humor, a vibrant personality and enjoyed many friends. She maintained a personal interest in reading, sewing, bridge, travel, and later in life, writing. She gifted a book she had written about her life to her entire family from children to greatgrandchildren. She was a proud member of Ingleside Methodist Church for close to seventy years.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; and her daughter-in-law, Deborah Davidson Kingrea. She is survived by her three children, Richard Owen Kingrea of Fairhope, Alabama; David Leonard Kingrea, and his wife, Bonna, of Covington, Louisiana; and Kay Kingrea Barnhill of Little Rock, Arkansas. Other survivors include her ten grandchildren: Rocky, Eric, and Taylor Kingrea; Tommy Calicchio, and Craig and Leigh Helen Kingrea; and Maggie, Colleen, Jamie, and Caroline Barnhill. Margaret also has ten great-grandchildren, as well as surviving relatives in Texas and special friends in Arkansas and other places across the country.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at Ingleside Methodist Church, 4264 Capital Heights Avenue, on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11am, with visitation taking place in the hour preceding the service. A burial service will be held Monday, October 4, 2021 at Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, Margaret’s family has suggested that donations be given to Ingleside Methodist Church. Margaret’s family also would like to give a special thanks to Cheri Strickland and the staff at Williamsburg for the care they gave Margaret the final years of her life.


  • Visitaiton

    Monday, September 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 27, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, October 4, 2021


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Morgan Stout

September 30, 2021

Miss Margaret is a wonderful lady. I am so fortunate to have known her and been able to grow up around such fine people. Prayers of peace and comfort for us all.
Morgan Stout


September 30, 2021

Rick, David and Kay,
My sincere condolences are with you. I’m so sorry that I was not able to attend Miss Margaret’s service. I was so very fond of your mother. I will cherish memories of sitting by her at Ingleside on “the pew” as Mom called it. I will also remember our many meals together and visits at Williamsburg. Mom was so blessed to have Margaret as a friend and companion at Williamsburg. I miss both of them so.
Take care. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Priscilla

Graham Dodson

September 28, 2021

Mrs. Kingrea was a very special person and played a huge role in the lives of many of us who grew up with Rick in the Goodwood neighborhood. Many of us gathered at homes throughout the neighborhood with the Kingrea's home being one of our favorite hangouts. Much of the reason was because Mrs. Kingrea always had plenty to eat and treated all of us as part of the family, as did Rick's dad Leo. My thoughts and prayers are with Rick and the entire Kingrea clan.

Graham Dodson - Lakeway, Texas

Peachy Melancon

September 27, 2021

Rick, I’m so sorry to read about your mother’s death. She sounds so much like my mother who died in 2017. If we weren’t in France, I’d be there for the memorial. We’re trying to check off the bucket list while we can. We live in BR now, just off Jefferson Hwy between the split.

Peachy ❤️

Kathryn Lee

September 27, 2021

I enjoyed knowing and working for Margaret for many years!!! We shared so much of our lives (past and present) with each other. I admired her sharp mind and wonderful wit!! She was such an inspiration to me and it was an honor to share her love of God, her family, and her wisdom about life...I would Love to have one of her books, since I was with her while she was compiling all of the experiences of her and Leo's life through the years...
She influenced my life and it was such an honor just knowing her!!
Our love to you all,

Kathryn and Donald Lee

Andy Smith

September 26, 2021

I met Margaret only recently at Ingelside Days for Girls. She was a delight. I connected with her immediately snd am so sorry she’s gone. Heaven will have lots of fun with her. What a wonderful lady; I will miss her though am so glad to have known her
Andy Smith

Steve Glusman

September 26, 2021

David and Rick,

I am sorry we won't be able to be with you on Monday, but we will be in spirit. Our condolences for your loss. It is a loss for us all.

Douglas Terry

September 25, 2021

Condolences to the Kingrea Family. Margy was wonderful person.