Margaret Sue LeGette Kirbo

Published 11:36 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Margaret Sue LeGette Kirbo

February 13, 2016

 Margaret Sue LeGette Kirbo (“Boo”) passed away on February 13, 2016 surrounded by her family. Boo was born in Cairo, Georgia on November 8th, 1928 at the home of her parents Ruby Robinson LeGette and Harry (Bonce) LeGette and her sister Ann LeGette Flowers Waters. Her family moved to Bainbridge where Boo was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in Tri-Hi-Y, the Glee Club, and Victory Corps during her years at Bainbridge High School. She earned her degree in accounting at Andrew College and continued her studies at the University of Georgia. She returned home to work in her father’s business, Bainbridge Ford Motor Company.

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Boo met the love of her life, Charles H. Kirbo, on the steps of the Bainbridge Post Office. They were married on May 20, 1951 in her parents’ home on E. Broughton Street. Charles and Boo remodeled an old chicken house on Lake Douglas to raise their family. Together they taught their children a love of the outdoors, an appreciation of music and the arts, as well as the importance of service to others. They moved to Atlanta in 1959 where Boo volunteered in the children’s school activities and was the Secretary of the Pine Garden Club. In 1967, they designed and built a home on a farm in Roswell.

Playing the piano, gardening, attending her bridge club, and traveling with her family were some of her favorite activities. The family cabin in Clayton was a favorite gathering place for family and friends for many years. Along with her husband, she enjoyed campaigning for Jimmy Carter’s Georgia Governors race both in 1966 and 1970 and in both of his presidential campaigns. She was a proud member of the Georgia Peanut Brigade that campaigned in the New Hampshire primary, and she also attended the Democratic National Conventions in 1976 and 1980.

Boo was a member of the Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, where her husband taught the Vanguard Class and Sunday school for 20 years. After moving to Roswell, they both helped establish and were members of the Sandy Springs Christian Church. She served as a trustee at her alma mater, Andrew College, and also served as a trustee of the Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust.

Boo Kirbo was a beautiful, gentle and remarkable woman who relished her life and loved her family and friends. She spoke with an elegant soft southern accent that all of her friends and family loved to listen to, especially her children. Her wonderful sense of humor, inquisitive nature and her laugh made up her unique personality. She was adored by her husband, cherished by her children, and loved and appreciated by her extended family and friends. Boo lived a blessed and happy life and she will be missed and lovingly remembered by everyone who knew her.

Margaret Sue LeGette Kirbo (“Boo”) was preceded in death by her husband Charles; twin sons, Gaston Harmon Kirbo and James Roan Kirbo; as well as her parents and sister. She is survived by her children Charles H. Kirbo, Jr. (Diana), Ray Kirbo McKinnon (Bob), Betsy Anne Kirbo, and Katherine LeGette Kirbo; her grandchildren, Amelia Kirbo, Barret Kirbo, and Isabella McKinnon; her beloved niece, Sally Flowers Wolfe (Beau), who was like a daughter to her; special nieces and nephews; her loyal dog Rosie; and many wonderful extended family and dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Bainbridge, Ga., with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Kirbo family lot in Oak City Cemetery with Charlie Kirbo, Barret Kirbo, Ben Kirbo, Beau Wolfe, Gary Kilgore and Joe Livingston serving as active pallbearers.

Donations can be made in her honor to Andrew College, Developmental Office, 501 College Street, Cuthbert, Georgia 39840 or North Fulton Community Charities, 11270 Elkins Rd., Roswell, Georgia 3007