Margaret Ann Tate Waring passed peacefully from this world on October 20, 2020 in Comanche. She was born in Dallas to George Preston and Nima McArthur Tate as an only child. She graduated from Comanche High School in 1950 as valedictorian. At age 11 she decided she wanted to be a library director and she managed to spend her entire life at a job that was a playhouse to her.
She was a plan II graduate at the University of Texas, and her sorority, ZTA was very important to her. Still, it had been her lifelong goal to be a library director. Almost immediately after marriage she was called back to the hometown where she set forth raising a family, but her passion was to build a library. Along with some other influential community members she seeded the local library and fertilized it and fed it for 56 years. She leaves behind an architecturally significant building to serve the public indefinitely.
She was an active member of Texas Library Association, Texas State Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, and a past president of Texas Folklore Society. She was a lifelong member of St Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Her hobbies were collecting rare books and gathering virtually anything related to local history and preserving it.
She is survived by her two sons Sam of Austin TX, and Chris of Hurst TX and two grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her former husband, Joe, and her youngest son Joe Paul.
Lunch for the family will be at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 23, 2020, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Bruce Coggin officiating, followed by interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be offered online at www.comanchefh.com.
If desired, family requests memorials be made to Comanche Public Library, 311 N. Austin Street, Comanche, Texas 76442.