wingardMarguerite Thompson Wingard, 89, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 28th at McMillan-Small Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 29th at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Myrtle Beach with Rev. Jason Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens.

Born May 4, 1927 in Greenwood, SC, Marguerite was a daughter of the late Hope W. Thompson and Decie Underwood Thompson. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Rev. William F. Wingard; son, William M. Wingard and sister, Mildred T. Davis. Survivors include her daughter, Amy T. Wingard; niece, Carolyn Yost; and nephews, Jim Saine, John Saine, Steve Davis and Scott Davis.

A graduate of Greenwood High School, class of 1944 and Lander College, class of 1948, Mrs. Wingard taught Home Economics at Irmo High School and was the director of St. Philip Lutheran Church kindergarten for many years.

Marguerite “Mit” lived her life in service to others and touched all whom she met. Her warm, gentle spirit showed in all aspects of her life including her dedication to her faith, her family, her church and to every child taught or met. She lived her life as an example for others to follow and will be remembered for her kindness and her loving way of treating everyone. She greeted everyone with a hug no matter if she had known you for years or it was the first time she met you. She truly never met a stranger.

Mit was a true Southern lady with a selfless spirit, a sparkling smile and an infectious giggle. She spent her life following the teachings of Christ and instructing others in His ways. Never turning her back on the less fortunate, she sacrificially gave of herself and her time. Gardening and “getting her hands dirty” brought her much happiness. After retirement, she became a gifted artist, sharing her paintings with family and friends. Proud to show off her latest works of art, no visit to Mit’s home was complete without a tour of her “gallery.” She also loved needlework and shared her gifts with both of the churches she attended in Myrtle Beach in the kneelers and other alter vestments she handcrafted. Many watched as she happily spent hours working on them in her free time. It gave her so much joy working behind the scenes to enhance others worship experience.

She married the one and only love of her life, William, and they spent 62 wonderful years together falling more in love every day. Even through hard times and the fear of loss, she greeted each day with a smile and undying optimism for brighter days ahead. Her sweetness warmed so many hearts and she will be dearly missed by countless friends, former students, neighbors, caregivers and her loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 or Grand Strand Humane Society, 3241 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

– Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship

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