Toop, Margaretta L

February 17, 1923 - March 20, 2017

Margaretta Long Toop


(February 17, 1923 – March 20, 2017)




Margaretta Long Toop, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Kingwood, with family by her side, on March 20, 2017.  Accepting God’s invitation to eternal life, she looked forward with joy to reuniting after 25 years apart with her beloved husband, Frank Warren Toop.  Born in Everett, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey on February 17, 1923, Margaretta is predeceased by her spouse, her parents, John and Margaretta C. Long, all five of her siblings, her grand-daughter Melissa Robertson, and her son-in-law Stephen Leonard.  She is survived by her four children: Robert Warren Toop and his spouse Judith; Carol Lynn McCollough and her spouse Clark; Janice Ann Leonard; Deborah Ellen Robertson and her spouse Richard; and, her brother-in-law Kenneth H. Curchin   She was dearly loved and will be fondly remembered by her five grandchildren: Brian, David and Katie McCollough, Jeffery Leonard, and Jennifer Robertson as well as her six great-grandchildren: Samuel and Benjamin McCollough; Ann Elise and Claire Leonard; and, Max and Cam McCollough.  Her family was always her greatest joy.  


Margaretta will be remembered as a wonderful mother – with a firm emphasis and appreciation of the joy of reading and education, with the best spelling and proofreading skills ever, and with close involvement as room mother, PTA president, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher.  When the nest emptied, she returned to using her professional secretarial skills, topping her career as Secretary to Sherman Tribbett, Governor of the State of Delaware 1973-1977. 


 Her grandchildren will always remember the fun they had visiting “River Bend”, the beautiful retirement home their grandfather had built on Delaware’s Indian River – crabbing, fishing, sailing, trips to Bethany Beach, and, always, a break for tea in the afternoon.  Moving to Kingwood, Texas in 2001, Margaretta belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood whose members gave her love and support in her later years.  Her memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia where she will rest in peace beside her very loved and never forgotten spouse.

Service Information

Cremation: A cremation was held on 2017-04-15 at Darst Funeral Home.

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