Margaret Louise Phillips Moore McClanahan
With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Margaret Louise Phillips Moore McClanahan on April 15, 2021 at age 101 at her home at Dalton, NC in Stokes County.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents Albert and Ruth Cook Phillips, her first husband, Edgar Hawley Moore, Jr. and her second husband, David S. McClanahan, and her brother William Phillips. She was the loving mother of Beverly Musten (John Gracie), Katherine Campbell (J C Campbell) and Edgar Moore; grandmother of Bryan Campbell and Allison Fulp (Scottie Fulp), and great-grandmother of Hannah, Emily and Hailey. Margaret is fondly remembered by her brother John Phillips (Shirley), sister Anne Radford Phillips, and sister-in-law Kay Phillips. Margaret will be missed by stepsons Ben Matthews (Deborah) and Neil McClanahan (Geni), and sister-in-law Lauret McLemore.
Margaret was born in Louisville KY in 1920. After serving as missionaries in Buenos Aires, Argentina for several years, the family moved to Dalton to her father’s family home. She graduated from Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) and completed the dietetic internship at Duke University Medical Center. While teaching high school at Marshville, NC she met and married Ed Moore. They later moved back to Dalton where she lived the rest of her life.
Margaret had a long and distinguished career as industrial dietitian at Western Electric Co. in Winston-Salem. Following her retirement she launched a new career in public health in Stokes County which she continued until her late 80s. She had great compassion for those in need. In the mid 1970’s Margaret helped to found King Outreach Mission and served there well into her 90s as Board member and weekly volunteer. Margaret was a founding member of the Stokes County Habitat for Humanity in 1999. She served on the Board for many years and was instrumental in the construction of several houses. A devoted, active member of First Baptist Church, King NC, her many activities included work with the Special Ministries.
At age 75, Margaret took swimming lessons when the new YMCA opened in King. This led her to compete in the Seniors Games at the regional, state and national levels and over the years to win many medals and ribbons. She continued swimming laps 3 days a week until her late 90s. She greatly enjoyed regular bridge games, was an avid reader of books on a wide range of subjects and intensely followed current affairs. She was a great cook and loved music. A strong but quiet role model and inspiration to many, she was full of grace and grit to the end.
Her strong wish to be at home was made possible by the tremendous support of Trellis Supportive Care.
To pay tribute to Margaret’s memory, donations may be made to King Outreach Ministry or Stokes County Habitat for Humanity.
Due to the dangers of Covid, a private family service will be held at the Phillips family cemetery.
Slate Funeral Home, King, NC is assisting the family.