Margaret Munroe Thrower, 93, of Atlanta, died Feb. 17 from complications following a fall on Jan. 16. Her husband, Randolph W. Thrower, was at her side.
Thrower was born Sept. 15, 1915 in Quincy, Fla., the third of eight children of Mark Welch (Pat) and Mary Gray Munroe. Her father, president of the Quincy State Bank, referred to her as the “Gold Child," and she was always noted for her beauty, bright spirit and generosity. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1935 from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., where she majored in biology and was president of the senior class. Her loyalty to Wesleyan continued throughout her life with frequent visits and enthusiastic support.
She married Randolph William Thrower in Quincy on Feb. 2, 1939, and their inspirational and continuing romance was celebrated on their recent 70th wedding anniversary. Together they raised five children, and Thrower played an active role in their activities, including service as co-president with her husband of the E. Rivers PTA. Thrower was a partner with him in his many ventures, whether keeping house in a marine quonset hut, throwing the Christmas party for Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan at home each year for decades or enthusiastically embracing life in Washington during his service as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 1969-71.
Together with family and friends, she loved adventurous travel. With her husband, children and grandchildren, she climbed Ben Nevis (Great Britain's highest peak) when in her 80s, and visited Cuba when almost 90. Although she traveled many continents, her boldest venture was a six-week cross-country road trip with her husband and five children in a station wagon and camping trailer in the summer of 1962.
Thrower loved Sunnyside Farm in Gadsden County, property inherited from her mother and a happy gathering place for her extended family over the last three decades. She was also a lifelong gardener and a founding member and trustee of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Other volunteer commitments included the Tullie Smith House at the Atlanta History Center and the board of ddirectors of Skyland Trail, George West Mental Health Foundation.
Thrower was also an artist. Her family celebrated her 90th birthday with the publication of a catalog entitled “Paintings from the Heart.” She painted what she loved and her work included landscapes of her farm and travels, still lifes from her kitchen and garden, and portraits of family members.
She is survived by her husband, Randolph William Thrower; children, Margaret Thrower MacCary of New York, Patricia Thrower Barmeyer of Atlanta, Ga., Laura Thrower Harris (David) of New York, Randolph William Thrower Jr. (Carolyn) of Atlanta and Mary Thrower Wickham (George) of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, William Thomas MacCary III, Margaret Chambers MacCary, Wilson Gray Barmeyer, Mary Logan Barmeyer, Taylor Randolph Harris, Patricia Munroe Harris, Benjamin Key Thrower, Randolph William Thrower III, Albert Crenshaw Thrower, Henry Clayton Wickham and William Randolph Wickham; six great-grandchildren; sister, Julia Munroe Woodward of Quincy; and scores of devoted nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held Feb. 22 at Northside United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesleyan College, Office of Institutional Development, 4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210 or to the charity of your choice.