Obituary of Margaret Elizabeth Cribbs Read
Margaret Elizabeth Read, age 84, of Lake Wales, Florida, went to her heavenly home peacefully on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.
She was born in Fort Myers, Florida on January 2, 1938 a loving daughter to Gaston and Marie ( Parker) Cribbs. Her childhood years were spent on a farm in Live-Oak, Florida surrounded by her 6 siblings, which she adored. They shared a close bond all their lives, eventually making their homes in the Haines City and Lake Wales area. They enjoyed many happy times together celebrating family at fish fry’s, camping and fishing trips. Endless stories, hugs and laughter, great southern food are fond memories of those days. Margaret was the last surviving sibling and she was lonely for their company. She loved being outside, tending to her flowers and her lakefront home. She rarely missed a sunset from her back porch view.
Margaret was independent and had a strong work ethic. Her first job was a waitress at the historic “ Chalet -Suzanne” in Lake Wales, but much later in life she proudly drove a ten wheeled dump truck for Polk County, where she retired with nearly twenty years of service. There , she met her husband Tom Read, and they were happily married for 34 years, until his passing in 2017. Their home was the center of many great memories and family gatherings, where often a boat ride across the lake ended at her favorite spot for a blackened fish taco. Margaret was a source of love and support to all that knew her. Her family was her pride and joy and she would often say, “ her greatest accomplishment”. She believed that a life with love is a life that’s been well lived.
She is survived by her loving children, Donna (Greg) VanNort, Darrell (Tammy) Jones, Darrenn Jones, and Debbie Marshall; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and many precious nieces and nephews will miss her daily until they are reunited in heaven one day.
A visitation will be held on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. all at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City, with Moses VanNort officiating. Final resting place will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City, Florida.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Margaret Cribbs Read, please visit Tribute Store