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In loving memory of
Margaret Lanier
  • November 06, 1938
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  • August 01, 2021

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It is with a mixture of joy and sorrow that we announce the passing of Margaret (Maggie) LaNier.

Joy, because she is now at home with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Sorrow, because we who love her dearly will never cease to miss her love, wisdom and presence in our lives.

Margaret was placed on the earth in the beautiful island of Jamaica 82 years ago. She was the eldest child of Eloise (Wong) and Arnold Buchanan. She was shy but loved life and enjoyed travel. Margaret immigrated to Canada where she lived for many years and then to the United States where she spent the remainder of her life. She passed away peacefully at her home in Titusville, Florida on August 1, 2021.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years David LaNier, daughter Karen Black, son Carlos (Karen) Black and her three grandchildren whom she adored, Aaron (Val) Black, Lauren Black and Kristian Black. She also leaves behind a brother Orville Buchanan, sister Barbara (David) Ann, and nephews O’neal, Adrian and Leo. Margaret was predeceased by her father Arnold Buchanan, mother Eloise (Eric) Wong and sister-in-law Alice Buchanan.

A memorial service will be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 414 Pine Avenue, Titusville, Florida, a church she loved and attended for many years.


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  1. Myrna New says:
    29 Aug 2021
    How I will miss you, my dear friend Maggie. You have gone home to be with the Lord you dearly loved and served with your whole heart. You earned your crown of glory, dear heart.
    Maggie always knew how to lead me, to answer my questions with just the right words and Scripture. Such a treasure to me!

  2. John and Mimi and Mookie says:
    24 Aug 2021
    Maggie,
    You were such an inspiration to me and all that you touched. For the short time we'll be apart I will deeply miss our theological conversations. But I know that you now are with the Lord who you loved and honored your entire life. I imagine that you and Gizmo are having a joyous time, reunited. Love You!

  3. Deborah Heitmann says:
    19 Aug 2021
    My dearest Maggie,
    You were such a blessing in my life and the Bible study group. God sent you just when I needed you! Such encouragement and knowledge about the Word of God!! You now are enjoying perfect healing and peace. What does it feel like to be in the arms of God? I look forward to being with you soon!
    Love you
    Debbie

  4. Shireen Spencer says:
    11 Aug 2021
    Our family fondly remembers Mrs. Lanier. I have treasured moments in my heart of her wisdom and kindness. She is very loved. My condolences to all of you. Lifting you in prayer and carrying you in our hearts.

  5. Joanie says:
    11 Aug 2021
    2nd Timothy4:7-8
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith...
    This Scripture exemplifies and describes Margaret's life
    So accurately...
    She was a sweet sister in the LORD to me...
    She lived her life and gave her All for JESUS.
    I can't say I knew any one else like her.
    She has gone to GLORY, and I believe in my heart is interceeding for Dave, Karen, Carlos/Karen, her grand children, and all of us saved and unsaved...
    It was a privilege and honor to have been her sister and friend.
    Love and Blessings to family and friends.❣

  6. joanna posted an image:
    09 Aug 2021
    Her youngest grandson in New Zealand
    Her youngest grandson in New Zealand

  7. Patrice & Wellie Chea posted an image:
    09 Aug 2021
    Marg, Dave & the Chea Kids!
    Marg, Dave & the Chea Kids!

  8. Ingrid Tynes-Kerr says:
    09 Aug 2021
    A soldier in God's army is now at rest in His loving arms! Rest in peace Marge. Sincerest condolences to Dave and the entire family.

  9. Vilma Blenman says:
    09 Aug 2021
    His Rose

    Before He formed her He’d made
    roses--real roses with blood red
    petals that unfurled to sun and saw
    stars—roses thick with thorns that pierce
    and fragrance that fills air with grace.

    And He’d worn thorns, pushed deep into
    flesh to form a crown He was forced to own.
    He’d known all this about the rose—its beauty
    and propensity for pain, but oh the gain!
    He’d known the path He had to take
    and hers He marked with His bloodstains
    for all was His plan—He made her His rose.

    And we who passed by and saw a prized
    rose were blessed to behold His beauty
    formed in her and hear her proclaim again
    and again His rose wise words—that pruning,
    not preening is His purpose in growing roses,
    that thorns are by nature sharp
    and blooming season short.

    So, farewell, Margaret Rose
    Forever you are—His rose.

    Vilma Blenman

  10. Wellie & Patrice Chea posted an image:
    08 Aug 2021
    Fun Times - Great Fellowship! Blessings from a Great God!!
    Fun Times - Great Fellowship! Blessings from a Great God!!

  11. Wellie & Patrice Chea says:
    08 Aug 2021
    Marg has been a Mom to Wellie and I for over 35 years! The relationship we enjoy with she and Dave created a special bond that will always continue!
    Marg’s Godly wisdom, wise counsel, humor, generosity, and most of all her prayers have filled our lives and richly blessed the lives of our children – Kyle (her Godson), Christie (Aaron) and Rachel. We will forever treasure the memories of our conversations and times shared together!
    We are deeply saddened by her passing but she will forever live on in our hearts! We will honor her legacy by living for and loving the God she loved and lived for to the very end!!
    Our Love and sympathies to her beloved Dave and to her children, grandchildren and extended Family!
    May Her Soul Rest In Peace!!

  12. Joanna posted an image:
    08 Aug 2021
    In the hills of Kingston Jamaica.<br />
She was 34 Yrs. old
    In the hills of Kingston Jamaica.
    She was 34 Yrs. old

  13. Judy (Smart) Mitchell says:
    07 Aug 2021
    Aunt Rosie,
    You were a second mom to me. You were born a day and 13 years after my mom, so the Lord must have known that there was going to be a little girl that would need you one day. I remember your laughter, the joy and tenacity with which you lived your life. I remember the late night rides in your two seater sports car with the top down filled with kids wising down Barbican road - how unorthodox :). You were the only one that I would let comb my hair as I was so tender headed and ran away when it came time for a comb out- you understood. You, Karen and Carlos became an instant family and I yours at Hampton Close. The many memories, and fun times at New Castle (summer in the hills of Jamaica), the best spare ribs I've ever tasted, my sneaking you my bowl of beef soup for a hot dog - I will smile, remember and cherish. I’ve shared those stories over the years with my kids, and was so happy that they got to meet you the author. Then as normal as the sun rising, our lives took different paths, and we separated - you to Canada, me to New York - but as I write this, I realize the indelible imprint that you left on my life, down to the very way you wore your hair short with a bang to the side. I always tried but could never get it right. We reunited a few years ago at a relative’s wedding and a lifelong friend - and then a couple of years ago when I moved back to Florida- Full circle some would say. We connected as though time never passed. You whispered to me that I embodied everything you thought I’d be, grown with kids, living life, joyous. Taking the knocks of life as they come, but getting up and moving on. Made me proud. I will always miss and and love you Aunt Rosie, the memories will live on - and I take comfort in knowing that one day we will meet again. Rest in His eternal arms.

    To David (spouse), Carlos (son), Karen (daughter) and Karen (daughter in law), Grandchildren and other family members, I pray that you fine peace that surpasses all understanding. RIP aunt Rosie!

  14. Mini says:
    07 Aug 2021
    Home sweet home my dear sister in Christ ..free from pain ..absent from the body present with the Lord
    I just want to thank the Lord for the privilege of knowing Maggie...her love for Jesus was infectious and her wonderful words of wisdom ..a powerhouse of Holy Spirit knowledge that she was always happy to share gone but not forgotten .. finished her race well .. I believe she will hear those well deserved words..well
    done my good and faithful servant

  15. Alice Loo says:
    07 Aug 2021
    I wish to pay tribute to Margaret.

    Safe in the arms of Jesus ,my dearest friend Margaret. May you find eternal rest, peace and joy in our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your invaluable friendship and the precious moments in praying and singing together in ministry. Thank you for your kindness and generosity of spirit to my family and myself. You have led an exemplary life. We love you and will miss you dearly. Rest in peace until we meet again in eternity.

  16. Gerald Loo says:
    06 Aug 2021
    Rest In Peace, Margaret, and find eternal joy with your Saviour. Thank you for your kindness and friendship over the years. We literally grew up under your shadow and example, and will forever cherish memories of your friendly smile, loving hugs, and generous gifts. We love you forever to eternity, and until we meet again.

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