Margaret Stanley Love
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Margaret Stanley Love
  • June 21, 1930 - June 4, 2017
  • Jackson, Tennessee

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A native of Arkansas, Margaret Love graduated from Conway High School and Arkansas State Teachers College (University of Central Arkansas), with a degree in Vocational Home Economics. She briefly taught school in Arkansas before a position with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington D.C. where she met her military husband. They married in California just two months before he was active in the Korean War. After his return his assignment took them to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After thirteen moves back and forth across the country they settled in Memphis ,TN. Her 26 years with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service has resulted in her being a foremost consumer specialist in foods and food marketing in the United States. For 24 years her weekly news column appeared in the food section of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. She had weekly radio programs on WHBQ "Talk Radio" with Marge Thrasher as well as other local stations in the area. Margaret was well known for her media programs on WHBQ-TV (3), WHBQ-TV Noon News and WREG-TV Channel 3 "Good Morning Memphis" morning show. She was the advisor to and worked with "Country Cooking" on TNN in Nashville, TN. Margaret was active in community activities which included Board Member of the Mid South Fair for 25 years (She was one of the Fair Honorees in 1992). She was a Board Member for the Memphis Food Bank. Margaret was a driving force behind the establishment of the Farmers Market at the Agricenter International. Her Market Basket studies were recognized by the US Department of Agriculture as a major contributor of the center being established. Margaret was selected as the first female in the 61 year history of the Memphis Agricultural Club and served as President in 1987-88. This organization consists of Mid-South farmers, producers, journalists, bankers and manufacturers of agricultural products. She has received many service awards including the Distinguished Service Awards from both the American and Tennessee Home Economics Associations of Extension Home Economists, the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents, and the National Association of Agricultural Agents in Minneapolis, MN. She was selected an alumnae honoree at the University of Central Arkansas Department of Home Economics. After her retirement she worked with the Southern Women's Shows as coordinator of the Celebrity Cooking Theater.