Margaret Mann Wilson Fund

For someone born with holes in her heart, it’s poetic that her legacy is defined by the power of love and some “glue.”

The Margaret Mann Wilson Fund was established at the North Texas Community Foundation to honor the memory of a sick and abandoned little girl who stole the hearts of a local couple and changed an entire family forever. The impact has stretched across four generations and provided a “piece of the glue” that continues to hold her extended family together.

When Margaret Mann Wilson was 3 months old, she was left abandoned in a house in North Fort Worth. While she was battling for her life at a local hospital several months later, she grabbed the heartstrings of her doctor, Barry Wilson. Despite her poor health, Dr. Wilson and his wife, Patty, adopted Margaret prior to her first birthday. Even though the holes in her heart were repaired, she needed a heart and lung transplant. Margaret was only expected to live until she was 7 or 8 years old.

At 15, her delayed destiny finally caught up with her on a snowy March day.

Her death rattled her family, but a legacy of giving became a reality with the creation of her fund through the Community Foundation in 1999.

“It’s a memorial, but it’s active,” said Barbara McCall Anderson, who oversees the fund along with her brother and sister, Charlie McCall and Kathye McCall. “It’s going to go on forever.”

Community Foundation Annual Luncheon at the Fort Worth Club March 6, 2014. (Photo by Sharon Ellman)

Anderson is the niece of Dr. Wilson and his wife, and she has always considered Margaret a gift to her family – then and now.

Anderson and her siblings – along with their children and grandchildren – carry out the wishes of the Wilson Family. The focus of the fund is children and children’s services.

“We are honored to be involved and trusted to see it through,” Anderson said.