Marjorie Victoria Whaley Hawkins, age 92, passed away on June 21 in Boone, North Carolina. She was born in Camden County, North Carolina on April 14, 1928, to the late Frank Herbert Whaley and Hattie Carter Whaley. A 1947 graduate of Elizabeth City High School, Margie went to Watt’s School of Nursing in Durham, where she graduated in 1949. She worked in Elizabeth City in the office of Dr. Weeks, until her first child was born.
She met Willard Thomas Hawkins (Bill) on a blind date in Elizabeth City, where he was working as a state trooper. They married in Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church on January 9, 1953. After living in Elizabeth City for two years, they moved to Raleigh. They were married for nearly 51 years before his passing in 2003.
When asked why she did not work outside of the home after her children were born, Margie responded “how could I ever leave them?” She was the consummate wife and mother, totally devoted to her family. She was the sweetest person ever who loved cooking meals, baking (especially pound cakes, anything chocolate, and Christmas cookies) sewing, crafting, and cleaning her home. At Christmas time she baked at least fifteen different types of candies and cookies and graciously shared them with family and friends. She was a very active homeroom mother, Scout leader, enjoyed walking, playing bridge, loved planting flowers and was active in her church. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church in Raleigh for almost 60 years, until she moved to Boone in 2015 to live closer to her daughter. She lived her final years at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living Center in Boone. She enjoyed the many activities (bingo, musical programs, exercise class, crafts and Bible studies) offered to residents. The family thanks every staff member at Deerfield Ridge for taking exceptional care of Margie during her final years, especially her favorite caregiver, Kimberly Stuart.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edsel F. Whaley of Elizabeth City.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Vickie Hawkins of Boone and Tommy (Cheryl) Hawkins of Sneads Ferry; one grandson, Hunter Hawkins of Sneads Ferry, as well as several nieces and nephews.
For her 1947 Elizabeth City High School annual, she was asked “what is your ambition in life?” She replied she wanted to be the best housewife and Mother. Mom, you exceeded your ambition far more than you’ll ever know and will be missed more than words can convey.
Due to COVID 19, a private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 AM at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon, NC. Dr. Randy McKinney, pastor of Longview Baptist Church, will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Longview Baptist Church-Building Fund, 2308 New Hope Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604 or to the Activity Fund at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living 287 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607.
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