Margaret Ellen Jonsson Rogers was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 7, 1938, to John Erik Jonsson and Margaret Fonde Jonsson. She is predeceased by her brothers Kenneth Alan Jonsson, Philip Raymond Jonsson, her first husband George Volk Charlton, and her second husband Robert David Rogers. She has three children - Laura Cole and son-in-law Daid, Emily Corrigan and son-in-law David, and Erik Charlton and daughter-in-law Hilary. She has nine grandchildren, Michael, Kelly, and Anna Cole, Maggie, Allen, and Harris Corrigan, and Celia, Corinne, and Margaret Charlton.
As a young girl, Margaret was an accomplished ice skater who trained for two years with future US Olympic Team skaters and coaches in Colorado Springs, CO. Later, she attended The Hockaday School in Dallas, and then Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY.
Margaret raised three children with her husband George Volk Charlton. During this time she was an active citizen and generous philanthropist supporting numerous organizations. Margaret was the first woman to serve on a national US bank board. She also served on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Board in Washington. She supported both the National Gallery of Art and Dallas Museum of Art through her board participation. Margaret was Chairman of the Board at The Lamplighter School and was a founding board member of The Episcopal School of Dallas. She served as the Chairman of the Investment Committee on SMU’s Board of Trustees. Organizations such as UCLA Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical School, and Charlton Methodist Hospital all benefited from Margaret’s dedication.
Growing up, Margaret developed a talent for drawing. Later, her experienced artist’s eye led her to curate her own collection of fine art. Throughout her life, Margaret enjoyed tennis, gardening, cooking, and reading. Her priority was always her children and grandchildren who felt her love, cherished her creative spirit, and followed her playful lead. She modeled kindness, responsibility, and balance, and Margaret will be deeply missed.
Memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at engage.utsouthwestern.edu.