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Margaret J McCasland
Margaret J McCasland  1942-2015
Margaret Jean McCasland was born March 6, 1942, in Spur, Texas, to Nelda Shields Griffin and Sevy Elroy Griffin.  She departed Pensacola, Florida, for her  home in God’s Heaven June 15, 2015, after a valiant battle against recurring cancer. She grew up in Orla and Pecos, Texas, raised family in Iowa Park and Plano, served libraries in Dallas and Lubbock, and enjoyed retirement in Mineral Wells, Texas, and Pensacola, Florida.  She married Barney C. McCasland on November 12, 1994, and they created a wonderful blended family. Margaret was a loving and caring Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As marriages occurred, new grandchildren were lovingly added to the mix to this family now consisting of seven children (and spouses), seventeen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Margaret is survived by her husband Barney McCasland of Pensacola, FL, sons Allen (Jamie) Henderson of Pensacola, Mark (Cherie) Henderson of Midland, TX,  John (Tammie) Henderson of Holliday, TX, Ron (Rose) Henderson of Hockley, TX, Barney McCasland IV of Lubbock, TX, daughters Tammy Jo Henderson Barr, Kathryn (Darren) Steed of Midland, TX,  grandchildren Weston Wiginton of Oklahoma, Dawson (Danica) Wiginton of San Antonio, TX, Chad (Allison) Smith of Midland, TX, Jake Smith of Midland, Kinsley Killian of Lake Charles, LA, Tyler (Mary Grace) Henderson of Shreveport, LA, Tara Henderson, Taygan Henderson, and Tray Henderson, all of Holliday, TX, Henry Botkin-Henderson, Avery Botkin-Henderson, and Norah Botkin-Henderson, all of Hockley, TX, Katrina Steed, Kaitlyn Steed, and Kristen Steed, all of Midland, TX, Megan Smith, Michael Bookout, and great-grandchildren,  Addie Killian, Adele Killian, Allana Henderson, Leiton Smith, Brayden Smith, and Brennin Bookout. She is also survived by her sister Nelroy (Tom) Winn of Boonesville, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Margaret’s education started with home schooling in Orla by her mother Nelda, followed by hour-long  bus rides into Pecos, and eventually moving into Pecos for much of her education.  College was eclectic with Texas Tech, Midwestern, and UT Dallas contributing a variety  of courses that enriched the rest of her life.  After finishing a BA in History, she achieved a longtime goal with Master of Library Science at TWU.  With this, she achieved a successful career as a university librarian at SMU and Texas Tech. Leaving Lubbock, Margaret and Barney enjoyed small town fellowship for ten years on a small farm near Mineral Wells, TX, and were able to do some traveling, cruising, and RV’ing around the West. She enjoyed cruising, saying “Barney doesn’t have to drive and I don’t have to cook!” She enjoyed seeing new things and learning about what she was seeing. n 2010,  she and Barney finished their moving by finding a home in Pensacola, FL, near Allen and Jamie with all the attractions the Florida Panhandle has to offer, a great church, and wonderful new friends and neighbors.  She and Barney enjoyed going to musicals, plays, symphonies, Blue-Grass festivals and Radio-Live. She often had the Gaither music playing in the background in her and Barney’s home. She loved hearing the wonderful hymns from her church choir as well, which was an inspiration to her. All her life, Margaret had a green thumb. She could make anything grow. For as long as her family can remember, she was able to make things grow and knew the names of every plant she encountered. She had an amazing memory when it came to things like this. She knew how to make plants and people grow and become strong and independent. She was an artist and loved the arts.  She was the most creative person I have ever met. Over the years she was a potter, basket maker, wood carver, chair caner, antique restorer, bookbinder, jewelry maker, quilting, sewing and embroidery. She had the most amazing eye for art and loved being creative. She also loved sharing her gift with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She was the family expert about birds, animals, and insects and knew her flowers and gardening. She was a skilled seamstress, making many of her own clothes and those of her family. She practiced painting, ceramics, spinning and weaving, before settling into sewing clothes and creating beautiful quilts, many done completely by hand. In later years, each grandchild received a keepsake quilt. Although not comfortable in publicly articulating her faith, Margaret lived out her faith by serving others. While living in Mineral Wells, she joined a group of ladies who made quilts and gave them to families burned out by fires.  She loved people and was comfortable learning their names and befriending them.   She loved giving of her time and talents to the Myrtle Grove Food Pantry. Being a librarian by profession, she was also able to work in church libraries, a gift that she was wonderful at and loved to give. Visitation will take place at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, 5920 Lillian Hwy., Pensacola, FL on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 1:00-2:30PM with memorial service to follow at 2:30pm. Reverend Ron Lentine will officiate.