Margaret Emily Awdry (née Wale; 1912-22 July 1989) was the wife of Wilbert Awdry and the mother of Christopher, Veronica, and Hilary. It was she who urged her husband, and later her son, to submit the stories they had written for publishing.
She met Wilbert Awdry in Jerusalem, where he was teaching at St. George's School; they moved back to England in 1936 and were married two years later. She had suggested to Wilbert Awdry that he should publish The Three Railway Engines after he had written the book for his son Christopher Awdry.
Margaret passed away in 1989, due to a fatal heart attack.