Margaret Banovsky was born in Czechoslovakia and legally immigrated to NYC at the age of nine. She met her husband, John, while training for gymnastics at a local gym. They married young and had three boys, and eventually a granddaughter. Margaret was a bookkeeper and an avid reader.
Her son bought her a computer to send emails, but she continued to type letters and note cards on this special typewriter. Margaret was a corresponder and enjoyed sending weekly letters to her sons and daughters-in-law, as well as her sister in NYC and two nieces.
When her only grandchild went off to college, she made sure that she had a weekly letter to open from Grandma.
Margaret moved to Apex, NC when her health continued to fail. She was reassured that her typewriter would be used for a purpose and not taken to a landfill. Her family felt that displaying it in their local Fuquay-Varina community at the Ballentine-Spence House seemed appropriate.