Margaret Ann Howlett (Wing) was a cherished mother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. She left this world suddenly on December 25, 2020 at the age of 64.
To know Margaret was to love her. She was fiercely devoted to her family and closest friends, and, though mostly an introvert, was the life of the party with her sharp intellect and wicked sense of humor. Margaret and her older brother Tom were kindred spirits who both loved and egged each other on without fail. Margaret and her beloved older sister Sydney lived together and raised Margaret’s children Bronwyn and Evan and Sydney’s daughter Gabrielle together in Concord, California in a home filled with love and kitties. Barbara Golay was her dearest best friend since the 1st grade, and the Orphan family was as dear to Margaret as her own. Her children were the light of her life and she was so very proud of them both.
Margaret was born in Virginia but was a true California girl for practically her whole life. She was also a world traveler and spent years living in Pakistan, Puerto Rico, and Egypt with her own growing family before returning to the Bay Area in the late 1990’s. The friendships she made abroad were lifelong ones, and the love of travel lives on in Bronwyn and Evan to this day.
A voracious reader and an exceptional (and published) writer, Margaret spent several years in the Toastmasters organization perfecting her public speaking as well. She was not one to shy away from a task if it was going to be difficult; in 2007, while working full-time with kids in high school and college, Margaret took night classes at Cal State East Bay to finish her degree in English, with an emphasis in British and American Literature. She was also very fond of yoga, taking many classes and eventually completing her training to become a certified yoga instructor. Not only was she a diligent student herself, but she also provided countless hours of support to her children in their schooling and work, as well as assistance with typing, editing and proofreading papers for her sister during Sydney’s Master’s program in Nursing. Margaret’s loving nature, strength and resilience, and sense of humor were just some of the qualities which endeared her to everyone she met and were instilled in her children.
Margaret is survived by her daughter Bronwyn Peterson and son Evan Howlett, as well as her brother Tom Wing and sister Sydney Wing. She was preceded in death by her brother Paul Wing and parents Thomas Wing Sr. and Sara Wing (Frasier). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Margaret’s honor to KQED, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, or a cat rescue of your choice.
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