Margaret Parsons Andrews passed away on Wednesday, January 23 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth. Margaret was born in Duluth Georgia October 27, 1926, to Calvin and Kate Parsons. She attended Duluth School and North Avenue Presbyterian School in Atlanta. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA in 1946, and continued her art studies at the High Museum in Atlanta. She married Agnew Andrews of Tifton in 1948. They joined the Parsons family retail business in Duluth, and at one time operated seven Parsons stores, along with other family members. Margaret was very involved in the community and church. She was one of the founders of the Duluth Lioness Club, worked with the PTA and the schools, was a member of Duluth Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. The family business was divided in 1982, and her family took over Parsons Building Supply and Parsons of Buford. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1985, and later helped launch a Parkinson’s Support Group. She volunteered with the Gwinnett Council for the Arts, becoming President in 1988. Realizing that the disease would make painting difficult for her, she began a drive to create an art school so others could learn to paint. She created the original design, and helped raise the funds through the generosity of people like Scott Hudgens. The Center became a reality in 1992, with the completion of Hudgens Center for the Arts, which was built with no tax dollars. Margaret volunteered there and was a Board Member for over twenty years. She was also very instrumental in founding the Jacqueline Casey Children’s Museum at Gwinnett Center in 1999. Margaret has won many awards for her achievements: In 1993, she won the Gwinnie award for dedication to the arts in Gwinnett, in 1998, the Distinguished Community Service Award @ Wesleyan College, in 1999, the Gwinnett Foundation award for Community Leadership & Philanthropy. She was Most Admired Artist in Gwinnett 1993, and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hudgens Center and Artworks Gwinnett. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, Agnew Andrews, Jr., and a son, Ted Copeland Andrews. She is survived by her other children and spouses: Cal and Terrie Andrews of Flowery Branch, Kathy and Jef Fincher of Duluth, Betty Andrews Smith of Flowery Branch, Bill and Annette Andrews of Duluth, and Bob and Janice Andrews of Stone Mountain. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sisters Kathryn Parsons Willis and Ann Parsons Odum of Duluth, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00, Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00, at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel. A private burial in Duluth Church Cemetery will precede the funeral Sunday morning. The funeral service will be held at Duluth First United Methodist Church on Sunday at 2:00 PM. This will be followed by a reception for everyone in the Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duluth First United Methodist Church, Eagle Ranch, or the Hudgens Center for the Arts.