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Margaret Groves

December 10, 2012

COLUMBUS — Mrs. Margaret Cummins Blake Groves, 91, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at her residence in Columbus.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Gunter and Peel Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with Minister Billy Ferguson officiating.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at the funeral home.
Gunter and Peel Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Groves was born on Friday, Nov. 11, 1921 in Washington, D.C. — the same day the unknown soldier was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery — to the late George Russell and Frances Bugg Blake. At the age of five, the family redirected to Winfield, Kan. She graduated from Winfield High School and the University of Texas with a degree in nutrition. After graduation, she was an assistant dietitian at Newton Memorial Hospital and later worked as the head dietitian at South Western College in Winfield.

She was married to the late Dr. Edwin Donald Groves in 1949. Two years after they married, they began their 14 year career working for the Point Four Program, now known as the United States Agency for International Development. They served in Burma (now known as Myamar), Bolivia, Guatemala, Liberia and Iran.

Margaret learned by trial and error how to use American cake mixes in Bolivia. This was before cake mixes had instructions for baking in high altitudes. In Burma, she compiled a cookbook with both Burmese and American recipes. In the early 1980s, they worked in Sudan with the United Nations International Labor Organization.

After their life overseas, they moved to College Station, Texas, and four years later moved to Starkville.

Before her illness she was an active member of the Columbus Church of Christ. She loved flowers, especially roses. She served as president of the Town & Country Garden Club two times, was the State World Gardening Chairperson for the Garden Clubs of Mississippi and President of the local Rose Society. She won numerous awards at both local and state flower shows for floral designs and roses.

She gave programs to local and surrounding garden clubs on Japanese floral design. She served as president of the Home Economic Club and was a member of the Women’s Club. She was fascinated by different archaeological findings.

She is survived by her son, Kim Groves (Beverly) of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Judith Groves of Columbus; and sisters, Lucy Moudy of Happy, Texas and Mary House of Albuquerque, N.M.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Blake.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

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