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Margaret Fay Turney

May 17, 1943 - November 30, 2020

Ms. Margaret Fay (Rose) Turney

‘Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28

On May 17, 1943, Margaret Fay (Rose) Turney was welcomed into this world and the loving arms of her parents, Lillie Mae (Brown) Rose and Stanley Ward Rose; her older siblings Perley Ward Rose and Nancy “Teetee” Rose and her grandparents Vere (Eastland) Potter and William Potter. Margaret was raised in both Syracuse and Arthur New York.

The playgrounds of her youth were her grandparent’s farm and the Little Salmon River in Arthur, New York where she learned not only a love of fishing and dogs but also a passion for horses particularly Quarter and Morgan horses. Her childhood adventures were later shared with her younger and surviving sister, Eileen Adele Rose (Central Square, NY) and their loyal dog, Sport.
Margaret’s youth inspired a life-long love of nature, fishing, horses, poetry, music and all things Irish. Margaret’s love of music and reading were a source of freedom and joy throughout her life. She was such an avid reader that 15-20 books were regularly by her bedside with favorite authors including Tom Clancy, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Longfellow and Stephen King.
Margaret will be remembered for her generosity to all, especially those in need, her love of Seinfeld, dazzling smile, quick wit, and completing her daily NY Times crossword puzzle in pen without the aid of a dictionary, often competing with her siblings to see who could finish first. Margaret’s love of reading was seconded only by a passion for music spanning 70 years- including being a lounge and gospel singer in her 20s. She could recall any tune from Bluegrass to Pop but loved ‘her fellas’- Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, the Clancy Brothers, John Denver or Luciano Pavarotti.

She loved traveling with her family and friends including cruising the Caribbean and visits to North Carolina, Florida, Maine and Massachusetts where she loved to play with her children and grandchildren by the sea. In 2015, she moved to the Davis Community in Wilmington, North Carolina where she spent her remaining years enjoying time with her family, visiting the ocean, Airlie Gardens, and playing with her grandkids on a beloved family dock on the Intercoastal Waterway.

In her life, Margaret’s five children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren were her greatest love, joy and pride. She was most proud to tell everyone how she taught each child to take their first steps and how to swim. She loved that her grandkids never told their parents about their wild adventures with Nana including fun zoo visits,fishing, and annual trips to see Sesame Street Live.

Margaret passed away peacefully on November 30, 2020 surrounded by her family and the caring staff of the Davis Community. Holding Margaret’s love and memory are her sister, Eileen Adele Rose of Central Square, NY; 5 children: Michael A. Rose (Cindy) of Burnsville, NC; Jennifer L. Katz of Willison, FL; Susan Smith Heath (Darren) of Venice, FL; Melanie M. Shaffer-Cutillo (Kate) of Mexico, NY and Eileen A. Curinga (James) of Hampstead, NC; her beautiful twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and the many friends she made over the years wherever she traveled.

Private services and burial will be held for her family. To honor Margaret’s memory, her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, a donation is made in her name to Roots of Recovery. Located in Hampstead, NC, Roots of Recovery is a cottage community offering a safe, healthy home for women and children with peer support, hope, and a positive home environment for women in recovery from alcoholism and other drug addictions and their children.

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