OBITUARY

Margaret Osborne duPont

March 4, 1918October 24, 2012

Margaret Osborne duPont, age 94 died at her El Paso home on October 24, 2012 surrounded by loved ones. She was the daughter of Eva and St. Lawrence Osborne and born on March 4th in Joseph, Oregon. Most of her childhood, her family lived in San Francisco where her love for tennis was born. Margaret and her family lived a block from the Golden Gate Public Courts. She was enamored by the game of tennis and soon began to play. The pro there saw she had an unmistakable talent. Margaret went on to be one of the best this world has ever seen. She won six Grand Slam singles titles: French Open in 1946 and 1949, Wimbledon in 1947 and the US Open in 1948, 1949 and 1950. She also won 21 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (20 with tennis partner, Louise Brough). This record ties for the most Grand Slam titles ever won by a women’s doubles team. In addition to those achievements, she also won 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967, the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2010 she was inducted into the US Open Court of Champions. From 1938 through 1958, DuPont went undefeated in ten Wightman Cup competitions, winning her ten singles and nine doubles matches. She also captained the U.S. team nine times, winning eight. She moved to El Paso in 1966 with her life-long friend, Margaret Bloss. Once in El Paso they began a horse business that is still in operation today. Margaret always loved living in El Paso and served on numerous boards and committees in this community. Her bright smile and infectious laugh will be sorely missed by many. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and St. Lawrence Osborne and her brother Charles Osborne. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William III and Pamela duPont of Orlando; grandsons William IV, Michael, Charles and Andrew; and life-long friends Margaret Bloss and Leigh Bloss of El Paso. The family would like to thank Shirley and Sandra of VNA for their loving care of Margaret over the past several months. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 11:00AM at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 8700 Dyer, with Pastor Robert Nickell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the El PasoCommunity Foundation, P.O. Box 272, El Paso, TX 79943.Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, TX 79912.

Services

  • Graveside Service Monday, October 29, 2012
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Connie

October 24, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Margaret,such a Legacy,Psalms 90:10, speaks of it as special mightiest,my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Harry Simpson

October 24, 2014

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

December 14, 2012

My sincere sympathy to Bill and Pam and the duPont family also to Mrs Bloss as I just learned of her death today. Margaret was always so kind and dear to me, such a good relationship we had over the past 30 years, I will miss our phone conversations.
Dale White, Lexington, Ky

Marilyn King

November 15, 2012

I grew up in Bellevue Manor Wilmington DE near William duPont 's Bellevue and benefited from visiting tennis greats such as Maureen Connolly. MRSduPont has been an inspiration and I was able to play on her indoor court until snow collapsed the roof. She was a great influence in DE tennis.

Lee Elliott

November 14, 2012

I am so incredibly sad. I did not know of this until today. She was my hero growing up. I looked up to her as the real thing. She has left a legacy to one of the greatest tennis players that ever played the game but more importantly a champion with incredible integrity and humility. I am so blessed to have known her and very grateful to have a hero that put her mark on my journey. God Bless to Margaret, family and those close to her, she will be missed.

October 31, 2012

May our Father in the Heavens please be upon the family during this trying time

Ben Schreiner

October 30, 2012

We live in the home that was owned by her sister-in-law, Marion duPont Scott in Camden, South Carolina. Margaret visited here many times and played tennis across the street. It is an unusual coincidence that we picked up the New York Times and noticed the obituary. Our condolences go to William and Pamela in Florida. Please preserve any Camden related keepsakes that may still exist. Margaret was part of the rich tapestry that was Camden, South Carolina.

Ben and Pamela Schreiner
Holly Hedge

October 29, 2012

Sincere condolences to family and loved ones. May the God of all comfort be with you.

Ellen Hughes & Dennis McElveen

October 29, 2012

We had the great honor of spending some time with Ms. duPont when photographing and interviewing her when she was inducted into the USTA Southwest Section Hall of Fame. She found a special place in our hearts immediately. What an absolutely delightful afternoon, rich with memories.
Our sincerest condolensces to the duPont and Bloss families. The tennis world and El Paso community have lost a legend; she will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

M B

October 29, 2012

God Bless Margaret Dupont and her family.