Margaret (Perry) Campbell Abernathy

Born: Tue., Oct. 10, 1922
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2012


12:30 PM to 1:45 PM, Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Maiden

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Maiden

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Maiden-Margaret Perry Campbell Abernathy of Maiden, NC was born October 10, 1922 and passed away November 8, 2012 at Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, NC.
She was born in Boone, NC; 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 NC 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, NC, two daughters, Beverly Nichols (Steve) of Raleigh, NC,  and Jan Newell (Marc) of Kings Mountain, NC, granddaughter, Lisa Ferguson (Adam) of Clayton, NC, grandson Jason Browder (Nicole) of Raleigh, NC, 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, NC, 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 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 50 East Main Street, Maiden.  The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 pm prior to the service.  The interment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Faith Fund, 50 East Main Street, Maiden, NC  28650 or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  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.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Abernathy family.

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Cindy Seehorn
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
Sorry to hear of your loss. Margaret and Howard were dear friends of my parents Ted and Ruby Seehorn. They enjoyed their army reunion get togethers.

Rob Foss
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
My thoughts are with all of you as you grieve the loss of this wonderful woman.

I only knew Margaret for the past 9 years, but I treasured her presence in my world. She was a remarkable and admirable woman to have accomplished so much in an era when women were not treated with the respect they are nowadays. I loved to hear her tell stories of long ago and to hear the sparkle in her voice as she did so. I am saddened by her passing, but I am comforted by the knowledge that she had a long, productive and happy life. I know she brought great happiness to Blair and he to her. We should all be so lucky!


Craig Fish
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
Beverly, Jan, and family,
I was sad to learn of your mom's passing. She was a kind and gracious lady. Your dad and mom were two of my favorite people while growing up in Maiden. She will be missed and prayers and thoughts are with your families.
Craig Fish

Sandra Laney Rose-Pollock
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
Wish to express my condolences to all the family and that Mrs Campbell -Abernathy will be in our hearts for years to come. Having known her in school from 1954 to 1959 as my teacher, and then later when I was married to Earl Rose as almost a member of our family. Many a child has been influenced by Mrs Abernathy for a long time to come.

Tommy and Angie Abernethy
   Posted Fri November 16, 2012
Blair, we just want you to know that you are in our thoughts. We are lifting you up in prayer. Love Tommy and Angie

Rev. Ronnie W. Parker
   Posted Fri November 16, 2012
Dear Beverly, Jan, Blair and Family,
Know of my sincere prayers and thoughts on the death of Margaret.
Gee! we had many wonderful young years with all the Campbells'''' when we lived across the street from Dr.Campbell and "Nannie".
I so well remember that going to school I must call her Mrs. Campbell instead of Margaret.
I was very pleased that she chose me to be a part of the Library Club
as we were students @ good ole'''' Madien High.
I did have the opeertunity to see her often while I made trip to Maiden.
I regret that I will be unable to attend the service. May God grant you peace and joy through these days.

Deborah Myatt
   Posted Sat November 17, 2012
I worked with Margaret for many years both at Maiden High and as a dedicated member of the Sarah Willis Null Memorial Scholarship. She has been a friend for all my years that I have lived in Maiden. Even though we did not see each other often, I always knew that she had a smile and words of encouragement. I will always think of Margaret fondly and will treasure the time we spent together.

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