Margaret Kimbrough Norboge, 89, passed away on August 19, 2021, in Savannah, GA. Born on June 20, 1932 in “Everything’s Better in Metter,” GA, Margaret was the fourth of five children delivered in the home of The Honorable Hugh Russell Kimbrough, Sr and Maggie May Jones Kimbrough. After graduation from Metter High School, Margaret attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA and earned her degree in Home Economics from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA. While in college, Margaret met and eventually married husband Peter, an exchange student from Denmark, and soon set about raising a family and Americanizing his nearly unpronounceable Danish surname. Following a short stint in New Orleans, which included the birth of their first child at the end of an un-airconditioned Louisiana summer, the family moved to Savannah, GA. There, the vivacious and whip-smart Margaret became the first local host of the syndicated Romper Room children’s program on television station WTOC, and for a number of years in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, along with “Mr. Do Bee” and “Mr. Don’t Bee,” Margaret was beamed daily to area households, and would gaze through her “Magic Mirror” at the conclusion of each show to say a gentle goodbye to all the children spellbound in front of the family television. Margaret, who was happiest when she was gardening, was well-equipped with a green thumb and a keen eye for good dirt, and brought beauty, birds, and butterflies to the family home on Savannah’s Isle of Hope. A longtime member of Isle of Hope Methodist Church, and blessed until the end with a prodigious intellect and infallible memory, Margaret will be missed by family and friends, and anyone who likes loads of X’s and O’s on their birthday cards, $2 dollar bills, and a good pineapple-and-banana white bread sandwich on the beach at Jekyll Island.
Besides her parents and spouse, Margaret is preceded by her four siblings, Hugh Russell Kimbrough, Jr; Jack Holt Kimbrough; Anne Kimbrough Jennison; and Helen Kimbrough Zimmerman.
Survivors include her three children, David (Big Do Bee) Norboge, Rome, GA; Michael (Little Do Bee) Norboge, Fernandina Beach, FL; and Alice (Scoop) Norboge Macgill, Atlanta, GA. To her delight, Margaret is also survived by six grandchildren, Nicolas, Taylor, Tyler, Annabeth, Douglas, and Mallory, and was further delighted to recently welcome three great-grandchildren, Jensen, Edwin, and Dane Charles.
A graveside ceremony is planned for Lake Cemetery in Metter, GA, with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations in Margaret’s honor and memory to the charitable organization of choice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com.