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Obituary for Margaret Ann Duck Gilliland
Margaret Ann Duck Gilliland passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2017, surrounded and held by her girls. She was born on October 9, 1951 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and moved to Jackson at age four, where she remained.
Margaret is preceded in death by her father, Harold Hamilton Duck, and her mother, Margaret Louise Hays Duck. She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Duck Pelton (Larry) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; her daughter Charlotte Wall Sutherland Dickerson (Paul) of Madison; and niece Amanda Sarkis (John Affleck) of Union, ME. She is known as “Nana” to her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who were her pride and joy: Lauren, Taylor, Gabby, Jack, Ashlynn, and Laely.
Margaret attended the University of Southern Mississippi before beginning a 37-year career with Offisource. Upon retirement from Offisource, she became office manager for Miller Family Chiropractic in Madison, where patients were greeted daily by her beautiful smile and her joyful demeanor.
Margaret’s deep passion during the last seven years was in serving her Lord through Highland Chapel Church, where she worked tirelessly behind in the scenes in almost every capacity. She was a pillar of her church, spending hours on most days of the week carrying all the small details of welcoming folks in.
Living in close proximity to her family, she played an active role in the lives of her grandchildren, joyfully attending their sporting events and school activities.
She enjoyed traveling to South Florida to visit her sister, making many South Florida friends along the way, and also traveled often with her sister to visit her niece, Amanda, whether in California or Maine.
Over the past few days, many friends have expressed great love for and grief over the loss of such a great woman, mother, and friend. She was truly a servant leader, touching many, many lives with her kindness and the unconditional love she shared with so many in word and deed. Unassuming, humble, easy going, and always up for a laugh, she made friends wherever she went.
We would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Bryan Gaspard, the wonderful medical staff at St. Dominic’s Hospital, Pastor Troy and Mrs. Hayley Costanza, Mrs. Cathy Costanza, Jim Gilliland, Duke Sutherland, and the many friends who have offered support to our family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Highland Chapel in Madison.