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Margaret E. Pankhurst

Died: Thursday, October 09, 2003
City of Grosse Pointe resident Margaret E. Pankhurst, 85, died on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Born in Wisconsin, Mrs. Pankhurst moved to Detroit at a young age. She graduated from Southeastern High School and took art classes at Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studies.

Mrs. Pankhurst was a talented watercolor artist and had an eye for design and color. She enjoyed painting landscapes, abstracts, and her favorite, flowers.

Mrs. Pankhurst taught painting for many years and had her own art studio, "Pankhurst Painter's Potpourri." Her children would often laugh and comment on the fact that people would get stuck after beginning a painting or project and Mrs. Pankhurst would give it a few of her personal touches. They'd go home with an original Margaret Pankhurst painting to call their own.

Mrs. Pankhurst was a member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, the Women Painters and Sculptors and Pointe 10, an art group of women.

Because of Mrs. Pankhurst's ability to inspire young people in art, her family is setting up an art scholarship fund at Grosse Pointe South High School. Every year, a scholarship will be given to a senior going on to major in art in college.

She is survived by her daughter, Beth (Joe) Moran; her son, Bill (Linda); her six grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Elizabeth and William Moran and Lauren and Meryl Pankhurst; and her brother, Bob Roadstrum. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Bill.

A memorial service will be held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Monday, Oct. 20. A viewing of her paintings will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the service at 4 p.m.

Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Margaret E. Pankhurst Art Scholarship Fund, c/o Mothers' Club of Grosse Pointe South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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