Joyce Dutchess Margerum McCargo

Published: October 29, The Washington post 2012, — Matt Schudel

Joyce Margerum, 61, a former elementary school teacher in Washington, died Sept.
29, 2012 at her home in Grayson, Ga. She had diabetes and kidney failure, her
daughter Keitha Maciel said.

Joyce was born in Washington and was a 1968 graduate of
Coolidge High
She received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1972 from the old D.C.
Teachers College.

Ms. Margerum taught at West Elementary School in the District from 1972 to 1989
and was instrumental in introducing the use of computers in the classroom.

She developed games and other teaching methods for her classes and wrote and
produced a play in honor of her school principal.
In 1989, she moved to Moreno Valley, Calif., where she taught for two years. She
later spent eight years as a public school teacher in Albany, Ga.

Ms. Margerum was a volunteer with the Jehovah’s Witnesses ministry in Washington.

Her marriage to Lonnie L. McCargo Sr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Keitha Maciel of Grayson, Lonnie McCargo Jr. of
Decatur, Ga., Sharmelle Pittmon of Houston and Christian McCargo Sr. of Albany,
Ga.; her father, Melvin Margerum Sr. of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; two brothers, Melvin
Margerum Jr. of Columbia and Ronald Margerum of Fayetteville, Ga.; a sister, Gloria
Vann of Morro Bay, Calif.; and five grandchildren.