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Originally published: 2012-11-15 08:36:19
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Margaret Campbell Abernathy

Margaret Perry Campbell Abernathy, of Maiden, was born Oct. 10, 1922, and passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton.

She was born in Boone. Margaret was the daughter of Maggie Farthing Perry and Clyde Perry. She graduated from Mars Hill College in 1941 and Appalachian in 1943 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. She worked for N.C. Extension Service in Mitchell and Buncombe counties prior to moving to Maiden and teaching 4th grade. She later returned to Appalachian for certification in Library Science. She taught at Maiden High School for 30 years retiring in 1984.

She was an active member of First Methodist Church until 1980, when she decided to join First Baptist Church, Maiden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Howard J. Campbell; she is also preceded by her parents; three brothers, Frank Perry and wife, Grace, Wiley Perry and wife, Alpha, Royce Perry and wife, Clair.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Blair Abernathy of Maiden; two daughters, Beverly Nichols (Steve) of Raleigh, and Jan Newell (Marc) of Kings Mountain; granddaughter, Lisa Ferguson (Adam) of Clayton; grandson, Jason Browder (Nicole) of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Erin Ferguson, Blake and Piper Browder. She is also survived by a stepson, Doug Abernathy (Velinda) of Maiden; stepdaughter, Beverly Quarles of Raleigh; step-grandchildren, Kim (David) Swintosky, Amy (Mark) Galland, Blair (Tamara) Quarles; and step-great-grandchildren, Donavan, Louisa and Tyler Swintosky, Stella and Ruby Galland, and Tessa Quarles; one beloved sister, Mildred Turbyfill (Tom); and many nieces, nephews and their families who were all very dear to her.

Celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 50 East Main Street, Maiden. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. The interment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Faith Fund, 50 East Main Street, Maiden, N.C. 28650, or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Billy Price, Dr. Brian Steg, and all the family and friends who supported us during this difficult time. Special thanks to Cathy Bolynn for her loving care in the home, as well as in-home care by Hospice staff, Phillip Guins, Angela Futrell, Lynn Killian and Chaplain Ken Swanson, and the special care of all the staff at the Hospice facility in Newton.

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Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Abernathy family.