Margaret L. Spears

Sunrise: September 20, 1932

Sunset: January 14, 2024

Margaret L. Haliday was born to the late William M. Haliday and Sarah Ann Hendrick Haliday on September 20, 1932 in Norfolk County (Chesapeake), VA. She leaves behind her loving, younger sister Joanna Haliday. Standing at Heaven’s Gate to greet her are her mother, father and brother, Albert.

In 1951, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, soon after Margaret met the love of her life, Isaac Spears, and they were married on February 1, 1953. They were married for 70 wonderful years. During the 70 years of their marriage, they have raised seven children, who are as follows: Marie Adams (Luther), Isaac Spears II, Barbara Nesbitt, Joanna Terrell (Bryan), Veronica Anderson (Cecil), Margaret Graves, and Elizabeth Varner (Raymond). Among her seven beautiful children, Margaret was the grandmother to fifteen grandchildren, the great grandmother to forty-five great grandchildren, the great great grandmother to two great great grandchildren, as well as being an aunt to countless nieces and nephews.

While Margaret was a loving wife to a navy chief for twenty years, she was also a mother to her community. For decades, she was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Portsmouth, VA where she served on several ministries. She was a proud track mom as well as marching band. In addition, she was also a member of the Fleet Reserve. Lastly, Margaret was a proud entrepreneur who made handcrafted African American art.

Margaret was beautiful; she was fashionable, bold, electric, creative, compassionate, and understanding. Margaret leaves behind a long rich legacy of a loving husband, wonderful children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will truly be missed.

Viewing Monday, January 22, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 23, 2024 11:00am Holy Angels Catholic Church 34 Afton Pkwy. Portsmouth, VA 23702 Laid To Rest Meadowbrook Memorial and Cremation Gardens 4569 Shoulders Hill Road Suffolk, VA 23435

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    Mr. And Mrs. Ore says

    We are so very sorry to hear about Ms Margaret passing. She and Mr. Spears have been good neighbors to my husband and me. May God Bless the family, they took wonderful care of her. She will certainly be missed.

    Barbara and James Ore Sr.

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    Vickie T. Hawes says

    Yes, we the Hawes, Johnson, and Brower Family are so sorry to hear that your Mother passed away, cause we all go way back, and Peggy and her Mom has done so much for us over the years. But our thoughts and prayers go out to you, with many Blessings

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    My Sympathy to Issac and the Adams Family. Margaret was a
    loving friend and classmate since High School . I will miss her.

    Ethel Walston Holmes

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    Avila Wimbish says

    She was a beautiful, fashionable woman. .Often I would compliment her on her unique style at church. I witnessed the love between her and Mr. Spears. He was always an attentive husband, who accompanied his wife to church,

    Her gracious beauty will be missed, but my memories of her will be forever cherished.

    To the family, I offer my condolences in the loss of this gracious woman.

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