Margaret Vaughan Golas was born in Washington, D.C. on
March 31, 1920. A fourth-generation Washingtonian,
Margaret was raised in Georgetown and attended Western
High School (1938) and the Strayer Business College.
During WWII, she worked as a night-shift driver for the Red
Cross. She became an executive officer for the Joseph F.
Nebel Construction Company and later a business manager
for the George C. Martin Construction Company.
In 1951, she married Matthew Valentine Golas, with whom she
had two children, Matthew and Katharine. They lived in Chevy
Chase village for over 40 years. In 2002 she and her husband moved to San Antonio,
Texas to be near their daughter. Margaret was devoted to the Sisters of Notre Dame and
her Catholic faith. While raising her two children, she and her husband not only found the
time to do the weekly grocery shopping for the nuns at Our Lady of Victory parish, but
they also painted the interior of the convent chapel and often took the Sisters on day-long
outings and picnics.
Margaret loved late night talk shows, politics, listening to sports on the radio, and she
never forgot her Georgetown roots, in particular the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team.
She was a lifelong antiques hunter with a Williamsburg (Va.) flair and loved gardening,
brick laying, bird watching, remodeling old homes, and playing with her pet dogs, cats,
and birds, and attending San Antonio Spurs home games.
Margaret was preceded in death by her brothers, Roger, Francis, Bernard, and Barry.
She is survived by her husband, Matthew V. Golas; son, Matthew Golas; daughter,
Katharine Golas; and numerous other family members.
Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 A.M. at St. Joseph's Chapel at
the Village of the Incarnate Word.
Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of the
Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209. Condolences may be sent
to the Golas family at