Woollett, Margaret L.

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March 13, 1939 - December 31, 2017

Woollett, Margaret L.

Margaret Lee Woollett was born March 13, 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota to father, John Olson (deceased) and mother, Kathryn Gais (deceased).  She passed away on December 31, 2017 in Plano, Texas.  She is survived by her three daughters; Kathleen Nussbaum-Lingle, Kimberly Wingard, and Kelly Woollett.  Margaret also leaves behind four loving grandchildren; Kelsey Nussbaum, Parker Nussbaum, Isaac Wingard, and Daniel Wingard.  Other survivors include brothers Richard (wife Shelia) and Raymond Olson, sister Barbara Lutz, and son-in-law Matt Lingle.  She was preceded in death by her only son, Rob Scott Woollett and ex-husband Bruce Woollett.

Margaret came from humble beginnings as the daughter of a taxi driver.  Despite a very successful Real Estate career, she never forgot what was most important to her: family, friends, and faith.  These were the three constants that guided her life.

While living in San Jose, California, Margaret ran a daycare service out of her home sometimes watching eight children in addition to her four children.  She purposely took in children that other daycare facilities considered undesirable.  This was one of many lessons of tolerance and compassion she taught her own children.

After moving to Plano in 1974, Margaret became a Realtor starting her career at Red Carpet Realty and eventually earning her broker’s license.  It took her nearly a year to get her first sale in Real Estate.  Most people would have thrown in the towel, but Margaret persevered, showing us all it pays to stick to your dreams.  Not long afterwards, she was a multi-million-dollar producer sometimes selling as many as 90+ homes a year.  Margaret worked with many other brokerages, most notably Coldwell Banker.  As of late, Margaret had been assisting her daughter Kelly, who is a Realtor with Ebby Halliday.

In 1994, Margaret lost her only son to AIDS.  What would have been a devastating loss to anyone, Margaret wanted to do something positive with her grief.  She and a neighbor started an AIDS education group called Mother’s Hope.  They convinced PISD to allow their group to share stories of their lost ones from AIDS and show parts of the AIDS quilt in Plano schools.  Initially, they were only allowed to speak at the Senior High schools; however, due to its success they were granted permission to speak to all middle, high school and senior high schools in the district, educating hundreds of students about AIDS.

Margaret was also a devoted member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.  For many years she was part of the RCIA team, helping to shepherd people into the Catholic Church.  She was not one to proselytize, but would rather lead by example.  Over the years, her admirable devotion led many to seek the Catholic Church.

After successfully undergoing heart transplant surgery at the age of 69, Margaret fulfilled her promise to her beloved Virgin Mary, to spread the word of Mary’s love.  She started a Rosary Maker’s Group at St. Mark’s in February 2010, growing the group to more than 80 members. Throughout the group’s tenure, they made over 65,000 rosaries which were distributed all over the world as far away as Indonesia, Argentina, Lithuania, South Africa, Vietnam, and to soldiers in Afghanistan. Many Rosaries were also distributed locally to hospitals, schools, prisons, and Catholic organizations.  All the materials to make the rosaries were supplied by Margaret as a way of honoring the Virgin Mary.

Known for her boisterous laugh and spirited sense of humor, Margaret made every occasion more joyful often entertaining friends and family with hilarious stories about her life. With her warm embrace and her loving heart, she had the rare ability of making everyone feel better just being around her. Margaret touched many lives and set an example for all of us by leaving the world a better place than she found it. Margaret was admired and loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

A mass will be held in her honor at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Plano on January 26th at 11:00am followed by a celebration luncheon at 12:15pm at St. Mark’s Pastor Center.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Margaret’s honor to the St. Mark’s Rosary Makers at 1105 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Sharrie Freeman

April 11, 2018 9:49PM

My memories of Margaret begin in North Highlands, California during the 1960’s. Margret and my Mother were the best of friends. They met because Margaret’s husband Bruce and my Dad worked together. I can still remember my
Mother and Margaret sitting at our kitchen table talking and laughing.
My mother died in 1978 and staying in touch with Margaret helped me feel like I still had a piece of my Mother with me.
Margaret sent the funniest emails to me and offered advice when I asked for it. Just last fall, I wondered if I should retire and Margaret said I should work as long as I can. (I am still working.) Every December, I would receive a beautiful Christmas card. Last Christmas, however, I didn’t receive a card and I knew something was wrong. Thank you Kimberly for letting me know what happened. I do remember you as a little girl, but mostly I remember Kathleen and Robin. I feel like one of your family even though we haven’t seen each other in decades.
I give my saddest condolences to all of Margaret’s family. I feel privileged to have known such a good soul.


Fr Francois Pellissier

February 01, 2018 12:50PM

I distributed a lot of rosaries in a detention center in the South and many were donated from Plano TX. I shall continue to pray for Margaret and the many deported men who received one made by her Rosary Group.


Sandy Ptacek

January 25, 2018 12:20PM

My daughter is the Youth Director at a small parish in Durant Ok. She decided that she wanted her kids to learn how to make rosaries, and asked if I knew of anyone that could help her. Naturally I turned to my friend Margaret. I just needed to know how and where to start. A week later, there was a kit with supplies and instructions that I was to give to Lisa. She would not take any money. The first few rosaries that were made were a little rough; the kind of rosaries only the Blessed Mother would love, but eventually the teens got better. Now they make beautifulr rosaries and use them as gifts for the First Communion students at St William's. Those rosaries are very special. Margaret was very special.


Lauren Lesko

January 25, 2018 11:20AM

Margaret’s passing is a great loss. She was always a kind and hard working woman. For many years at RCIA, Margaret we always seen quietly serving. She would be making coffee in the back and making sure there were snacks for everyone and when everyone was gone, Margaret would be there cleaning everything up. When Margaret started the Rosary Makers Group, she continued her tradition of service. It was Margaret who ordered the beads and showed us all how to make Rosaries. It wa Margaret who handled all of the requests for rosaries and made sure the completed rosaries made it to the requestiors. Margaret will be missed!


Pat Sawicki

January 17, 2018 1:54PM

On the morning of our January Rosary Group meeting my hand took out a special coffee cup. There was a picture of a bicycle built for 2 on the front of it. At the meeting I told the group these thoughts. When Margaret was alive the Blessed Mother Mary was on the front seat driving the bike. Margaret was on the back seat being guided by the Blessed Mother Mary. Now the back seat is empty. Under the back seat is a tire. All the spokes on the tire are even. All of us in the Rosary Makers Group will now have a part to do to keep the back tire round and the bike moving. We will all be given directions how to keep Margaret's Rosary Group going! My condolences to Margaret's entire family. We have all lost a dear loving friend.


Liz Carla

January 14, 2018 6:00PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying for you and your family as you walk through this incredibly sad time. God is your comfort in this time of sorrow.