Margaret A. Wildrick, 56, painter, real estate agent

May 27, 2002

Margaret Ann Wildrick, an antiques dealer, painter and top-selling real estate saleswoman for a Baltimore-based homebuilder, died Tuesday at her home in Glen Rock, Pa., from complications of cancer. She was 56.

Services were held Saturday in her hometown of Columbia, Pa.

Born Margaret Ann Flinchbaugh and known to friends as Margie, she was the eldest of six children and graduated from Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pa., in 1963 before attending York Academy of the Arts.

When her father found out that the school employed nude models, he insisted that his daughter quit. But her brief tenure there kindled a lifelong love of painting.

"She never sold her art, but she was quite a good still-life painter," said her daughter, Donna Biddle of Pylesville. "She also learned to play piano as a young child, and loved entertaining her friends. ... Her philosophy was that life is 90 percent attitude -- that every day was special and make the best of everything you do."

To that end, she rose over a decade to become sales manager for Baltimore-based Universal Housing Corp., one of the region's largest homebuilders, where she kept her status as a top-seller until March, when failing health forced her to retire.

In her free time, she bought, sold and collected Victorian antiques at a number of locations, including Westminster, over the years.

Her marriages to Donald Splain, Jim Mumma and John Wildrick ended in divorce.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her mother, Margaret E. Flinchbaugh of Columbia, Pa.; three brothers, Craig Flinchbaugh of Columbia, Pa., and David and Paul Flinchbaugh, both of Wrightsville, Pa.; and two sisters, Barbara Warner and Beth May Culp, both of Columbia, Pa.

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