In Memory of

Margo Jacobsen (Flanigan)

Flanigan Flanigan, Margo Marian Jacobsen (1953-2006) passed away peacefully in her sleep in her house on Idlewyld Drive early in the morning on April 3, 2006 next to her husband and surrounded by her family. "Miss Margo" as she became known was born on August 12, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa to Donald E. and Marian M. Jacobsen. She was raised on West Kings Highway in Sioux City and for that reason alone considered herself royalty. She spent her early summers captaining her 17 foot Boston Whaler on Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa. She was a member of the last class graduated from Central High School in Sioux City and was a graduate of The University of Iowa in Iowa City where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma. She remained a Kappa her whole life and was often heard singing Kappa songs or seen giving secret Kappa hand-signals late in social evenings - always in the company of other Kappas. She became a paralegal, moved to Miami and began her professional career with the law firm of Smathers and Thompson. She later joined the firm of Finley, Kumble, Wagner et al where she headed up the recruitment department. Her recruiting skills on behalf of Finley Kumble were chronicled in the Wall Street Journal. She said that she was proud to have contributed to the legal excesses of the 1980's. She married Paul Flanigan, a lawyer, in 1983. He said it was the greatest day of his life. Margo would frequently delight family and friends with her sharp wit. When asked who found who, she said that she found him, but that he was looking for her his whole life. Together, they founded the Quarterdeck Seafood Bar & Grill restaurant chain in 1985. Informed that a menu item at the Quarterdeck would be called the Miss Margo Burger, she asked whose name was going on the filet mignon. She remained active in the hospitality industry - although as time passed, more as a patron than as a proprietor - while becoming a full-time mother, wife and homemaker. Since 2003, Margo had been working with her husband to redevelop the southwest corner of Las Olas and Seabreeze Boulevards on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Together they planned "Miss Margo's," a dinner club and marina. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Her battles led her to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where in 2003 she was told she would probably never walk again. She never accepted that diagnosis. When doctors told her she had a 3% chance to live one year, she told them that she would see them next year. She walked on to the plane home, and she saw those doctors for almost three more years. Before her back surgery, she was a daily jogger along the A1A beachfront from her house off Las Olas Boulevard up to Sunrise Boulevard and back. When she could no longer jog, she walked or rode her classic Sting-Ray bike. Her style of dress was very feminine. She rarely wore makeup preferring instead to showcase her fair Scandinavian skin and blonde hair. She loved the water. She loved to fish. She loved to snorkel and dive. She loved to water ski. She loved to drive her boats. She loved to dance to "Maggie May." Mostly she loved the sound of a blender full of Margaritas - she called them Margoritas - after a long day on the water. Her favorite times were on her boat in the Florida Keys or the Bahamas. Her favorite port was Key West. Her favorite anchorage was on the northernwestern side of Cambridge Cay (also known as Little Bell Island) in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. Her ashes will be spread there. Her favorite place was in her husband, Paul's, arms. She loved good books, crossword puzzles, good grammar and correct spelling. "Iowa is the brain state," she would say. Her favorite movies were "You've Got Mail" and "A Christmas Story," the comedy. When asked about her disease she said that she wasn't dieing of cancer. She was living her life every day. And she did. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Paul B., sons James B. and Paul Gerrit, daughter Marrian Madden and an extended family including, locally, James B. and Margaret Mary Flanigan, Theresa Flanigan Gunther and Eileen Flanigan Motta each of whom provided compassion and comfort to Margo as she battled her disease. The family will host a reception in her honor at her house on Friday, April 7th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Margo's name to the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project at 1100 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030. 1-800-231-1580 or online at htt://www.childrensart.org.