Margaret Louise (Phillips) Moore McClanahan

1920 - 2021



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.

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Christopher Greiner

April 27, 2021 10:37 PM

It has been such a Blessing to have met Margaret over 20 years ago through my brother Kraig who passed away in 2005. He met Margaret through the Stokes Outreach Ministry that greatly assisted him. She always was so kind, helpful and seemed a "few decades" younger than her true age even recently when she turned 101 years old.

Through Margaret it was my pleasure to meet her son Edgar, daughter Beverly and Margaret's second husband David McClanahan. I am also honored to have have known her sister Anne, their brother William and his wife Kay.

I last spoke with Margaret on March 1st of this year. She was bright and cheerful as I've always known her to be. I will treasure that conversation! She will be greatly missed by her wonderful family and the countless friends she has met over her life. Margaret truly lived a rich and remarkable life!

Barbara Chambers

April 27, 2021 8:40 AM

Rest in peace Sweet Lady

Charlotte Woods

April 23, 2021 8:20 PM

To a wonderful lady that I would dearly Miss I've been with with for 28 years and she was absolutely wonderful Margaret I will miss you so much into the family a sincere

Anne Radford Phillips

April 23, 2021 8:50 AM

For my amazing sister Margaret.

We will miss her quiet spirit, her spunk, good nature, unselfishness beyond words, vision, help with little and big projects, love of family, cooking, keen mind, balance, and care for us all.

Deepest thanks to family and friends from near and far for messages, prayers, and concern.   Margaret would want us to take care of each other and continue to live each day with joy and good cheer.  She would want us to value work-- no matter how great or small the task--and to honor the dignity and worth of every human being.


Donalee White

April 22, 2021 6:35 PM

I loved Margaret's opinions on the books we read in our book club. She will be missed! Sympathy and prayers for all her family and friends.

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