Marguerite Bless McInnis
Marguerite Bless McInnis
  • November 29, 1922 - January 29, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Marguerite “Meg” Bless McInnis, 94, died January 29, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

A private viewing was held Wednesday, February 1st at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa. She was born November 29, 1922 in Bangor, Maine moving to Gainesville when she was five where her father was a professor with the physics department at the University of Florida. In Gainesville, she developed many life-long friendships while attending P.K. Yonge and graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1944 with a degree in French Studies.

As a child, she and her mother and brother spent summers in France with her many cousins, aunts, uncles and grandmother. As an adult, she worked at Shands Teaching Hospital in administration at the Clinical Research Center while raising her three children. Upon her retirement, she began again her travels to France, then Central America, Japan and throughout the United States. Closer to home, she loved going to the family lake house in Melrose as well as to Crescent Beach to worship the sun. She also joined the Gainesville Garden Club and served in the Daylily Circle, an activity she thoroughly enjoyed. But most of all, she was able to spend more time with her children, four grandchildren and her cat whom she cherished and who were, in many ways, the center of her universe.

Mrs. McInnis was a lovely, elegant woman, possessing a keen intelligence, a curiosity about the world, a lively sense of humor and an enormous capacity for love. As a young mother she imparted this love to her children through song, singing, “Mighty Like A Rose”, the French nursery song, “Ainsi Font Font Font les Petites Marionettes” as well as a family favorite, the Russian monosyllabic lullaby, “Da Da”. And when her children grew up, she always made sure they had enough gas before they went anywhere and to call her if they were going to be late. Her love knew no bounds.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Arthur Aaron Bless and Eva Chantrelle Bless and brother, Dr. Robert Charles Bless. She is survived by her two sons, Alexander McInnis and his wife, Marjo and Lauchlin McInnis and his wife, Judy, her daughter Marguerite C. McInnis and husband Paul Brown, her three grandsons, Jarrett McInnis, Micah McInnis, and Preston Stahl and granddaughter, Legier Goldsmith, nine great-grandchildren, and her extended family at Arden Court of Tampa, Florida.

You may visit her online obituary at Blount & Curry Funeral Home to leave a condolence. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Agnes Scott College at:

Alzheimer’s Association

225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17,

Chicago, IL, 60601

Agnes Scott College

Office of Development

141 E. College Avenue

Decauter, Georgia, 30030