Margaret Oliver Webb, died peacefully on August 26, 2014, at her home in Raleigh, NC, surrounded by loving family and friends, after a short but valiant struggle with cancer.
A native of San Francisco, California, Margaret graduated from the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California. She attended Dartmouth College and graduated cum laude in history and music from Smith College, class of 1971. Margaret had a magnificent soprano voice and did post-graduate work at the Julliard School in New York City. She pursued an acting and musical career in New York City until she married Thomas Van Tine Hart in 1976, and moved to Raleigh, NC, where she was the Director of Promotion and Assistant Creative Director of WPTF Radio from 1976 to 1980 with her own on air interview program. Throughout her life she continued to be active in local community theater. Margaret was always active in state and national Democratic politics, serving as Press Secretary to Lt. Governor James Green from 1980 to 1984, and as the Communication Officer for the North Carolina General Assembly from 1981 to 1987. From 1987 to 1997, she pursued a career as an independent writer, editor and public relations consultant.
She was the founder, owner-publisher and editor of Triangle Lifestyle Magazine from 1997 to 2003. From 2005 to 2013, she served as the Director of Advocacy and Fund Development for the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines Council. In 2014, she opened her own consulting firm, Webb Communications,with clients including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources.
An avid bridge player, gardener and reader, Margaret lived life fully. She was a member of the Junior League of Raleigh and the Raleigh Professional Women's Forum. She served on the board of numerous volunteer and advisory organizations, including the NC Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Wake County Women's Commission, and the Raleigh Human Relations Commission.
Margaret is survived by her son Thomas Webb Hart ("Webb") of Windsor CA, her sisters Harriet Lawrence Webb of San Anselmo, CA and Susan Hossfeld of Napa, CA and a brother, Peter Webb of San Rafael, CA, and many devoted friends who will miss her generous heart, her zest for life, her sparkling wit and her vast musical talents.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 3pm at Christ Church, 120 East Edenton St., Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, P.O. Box 1649, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St. Raleigh. Condolences may be made through brownwynne.com