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The third of four siblings, Margie shared in a 2014 Herald-News story how she faced job discrimination in 1956, the year before she graduated from Joliet Central High School.
The school offered a job program but none of the positions were open to Margie because she was black.
“We were able to go [to school] but we didn’t receive the privileges that other people had,” Margie said in that story. “In those days, we had no black cheerleaders. We had no black band leaders.”
Margie had retired from the Will County Board when she began chairing the Silver Cross Health Community Commission, “which guided the hospital’s philanthropic program and the development of the Joliet campus once Silver Cross moved,” Silver Cross CEO Ruth Colby said in an email.
Margie was the chairperson of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission from 2008 to 2020.
Leslie Newbon, the manager of community outreach for Silver Cross Hospital, and the liaison between the hospital and the commission, said she “got to know Margie rather well” through working with Margie through the Silver Cross Health Community Commission.
They also attended the same church, St. Paul's Missionary Baptist in Joliet, Leslie said.
Margie “loved her God, loved her family, loved her community and loved Silver Cross Hospital," Leslie said
“I went to church with her; I ate at her table,” Leslie said. “She made me homemade cornbread all the time, She would bring it to the hospital.”
Under Margie’s leadership, the commission, developed a number of programs for the community.