Marguerite McLeod

May 25, 1926 ‒ June 28, 2020

Gambier, Ohio

Marguerite (Margot) McLeod, age 94, of Gambier, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.

Margot Boueri was born 25 May 1926 in Jounieh, Lebanon. After finishing school she decided to move into an apartment on her own, which was unheard of for a young Lebanese woman in those days. She worked at the American University of Beirut for many years and travelled widely across the Middle East and Europe. Eventually she met Robert McLeod, a professor of mathematics. In 1965 they married and she returned with him to the United States to start a new chapter of her life. They arrived in Gambier in 1966, and Margot had many friends in the Village who kindly looked in on her in her later years.

She is survived by her son Brian (Kim), and grandchildren Molly and Sean, of Needham, Massachusetts; her daughter Mary Anne (Scott), and grandchildren Emma and Sam, of Flagstaff, Arizona; brothers Faouzi Boueri and Naim Boueri, and sister Ange Boustani, all of Jounieh, Lebanon. She had a devoted following of nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across the world.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, sister Rose, and brothers Francois and Edouard.

In keeping with Marguerite’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will observe a service at a later date.

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  • Dear Bryan and Mary Anne,
    I was sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was always such a faithful supporter of the symphony and such a dear when I would run into her occasionally in town. It was so interesting to read a bit of her life story and to think of the adventures she had. She was so proud of you both and I bet she loved those grandchildren! Love and prayers for you and your families. Dina (Vasbinder) Snow

  • I’m so very sorry to hear the news. Although I didn’t see her often, I was always charmed by her feisty nature and her ability to laugh. She was really alive even when her body starte to fail her.

  • Brian and Mary Anne, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We got to know her very well after discovering the Lebanese connection. Our daughter-in-law is from Edde outside Jubayl which is the next town north of Jounieh. Every time Ralda was in town, we would have Margo over – so many a Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner. She would always bring chocolate!! We told your mom about our tour of the American University in Beyrouth to see where Ralda went to university and Margo told us that we had stepped in her office. Nice connection. . Everytime we made manouche (bread with zahtar) or tabbouleh, we would bring some over to your mom. As recently as a few months ago, she was helping us perfect the recipe for Tabbouleh – more olive oil, more salt, more lemon, the smaller size of cracked wheat. (and always with that smile of “you will get it right one of these days”. She also joined the gathering of international students from Syria, Palestine, and Nepal as we got together for dinner and then played a domino game called Mexican Train. Tonight we shared the news of her passing with Ralda and Mike. Their 4-year old was very sad to hear about the loss as he met her many times. He asked for a picture of her, but I can’t find one. We did see her on her birthday as a number of us went to Eastern Star and sang outside her window.

  • Dear Brian and Mary Anne,
    When we came to Gambier in 1990, we bought the Collings house, just one house up from Margot. She was one of my very first friends in the Village and we took many a walk together as she regaled me with stories of everyone who lived in every house we passed. It was a fun mini-history of Gambier and its inhabitants. Margot was a faithful participant in the After Kenyon Society and we had many enjoyable conversations there where I caught up on the doings of your two families. She always brought special Lebanese dishes to the AKS gatherings for all of us to enjoy. We didn’t have Margot over very often because we usually had at least 4 dogs and she wasn’t comfortable around them but I would drop in and visit her when I could. She will be very much missed by so many of us here. May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing. Linda and Peter Michaels

  • Dear Brian and Marianne,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. In recent years whenever I passed through Gambier, I would stop by and have a chat. We talked about Lebanon and her family there, and of course, you all. She was very proud of you and her grandchildren. I still distinctly remember the first time I had her tabbouleh at a math department picnic when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old. To this day, I never had any better (or even as good.) May she Rest In Peace.

    Mary Fesq

  • Dear Brian and Mary Anne, am so sad to read of Margo’s passing ,remembering her teaching me to make tabbouleh in the old house so many years ago. When she came to Gambier she put her energy and intelligence into making a home and raising her children. She was so proud of you and your families.
    I will always remember her smile and am so glad we got to visit the last time I was in Gambier. Best to you both.

  • Dear Brian and Mary Ann,
    God bless you as you go through the loss of you wonderful mother.
    I am Kay Bostic, Bobbie’s mom, and I have enjoyed getting to know your mom since Brian and Bobbie were in school. I waited on her at the bank for years and never was there a time we didn’t talk about you two and your family or my four and their family.
    We missed seeing her at church and she got to know a lot of us up front and someone always tried to walk her across the street to her car. It amazed us that she was still driving and taking good care of herself.
    May she rest in peace with Our Lord and good luck to you and your family.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.
    I was only able to spend a short time with Margot
    during her stay at OES but she will be remembered as a kind & lovely lady♡

  • Dear Brian and Mary Anne,

    I was so sorry to hear of Margot’s death. I knew her body was failing her; sometimes I realized she wasn’t even aware of how short-of-breath she got. But her mind and wit were as sharp as ever. And she was such a kind, generous person. She was always interested in other people and took time to listen. She was thoughtful and used to visit my mom often – always with a Whitman’s sampler in hand for the holidays! I am glad to say that she was a friend of mine. I will miss her lots!

    And I am one more of the many people who found her tabbouleh absolutely delectable!

    My heart goes out to you. Love and prayers, Greta

    (If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know.)

  • Dear Brian and Mary Anne,

    I was sadden to hear of your mother’s passing and had no idea she was 94 years old! She was such a lovely lady who genuinely cared about people. She always would fill me in on what the two of you were doing with great pride. I had no idea that she was such an independent young woman! I will miss bumping into her around town and her kind gentle voice and manner. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  • Dear Brian and Kim,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Margot was a person I admired for her faith-filled life. I will miss seeing her at Mass, when it resumes. Her presence in the Catholic community in Gambier was an eloquent witness to her faith.

  • Dear Brian and Mary Anne,

    We are sorry to lose our sweet neighbor. We admired her fortitude and were thankful to get to know her. She had so much of interest to tell of her life in Lebanon and was inspirational in her quiet independence . She was rightfully proud of you and the children. We send our condolences but still feel this is a time to celebrate a long and devoted life of faith.