Lib was a beloved daughter, loving wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother, fun loving sister and loyal friend.
She grew up in the 1920’s and 30’s in the sleepy little hamlet known as Fuquay Springs, the only daughter of Roy and Lucille Talley, with five younger rambunctious brothers. Through the years she shared countless fond memories and stories of life growing up in Fuquay Springs.
She graduated from Meredith College with a minor in Music and a major in Elementary Education and went on to her first teaching position in Chicago, Illinois. She always laughed that the principal told her the reason he hired her out of so many qualified candidates, was because she was the only one who pronounced his name correctly. Moving back to Raleigh, she taught second grade in WCPSS before becoming a fulltime homemaker at which she excelled. She loved being a mom and her warmth made her home one in which the neighborhood kids had fun gathering. She was dedicated to community service through the Raleigh Woman’s Club and supported the Arts through volunteer work in the Raleigh Children’s Theater. She was an active member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for many years. She was an avid reader and big fan of the Cameron Village Public Library. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist. She loved to dance. She was fortunate to see the world and her various trips abroad took her to Japan, Europe, Hawaii, Singapore, and an extended visit in Montagnola, Switzerland.
Lib had a sparkle in her eye and a heartwarming, generous spirit, always making everyone feel at home. When faced with difficulties, she shared her homespun wisdom of “This too shall pass.” Her faith, strength and courage during challenging times inspired all who knew her. Many in the Raleigh community will remember Lib for her 20 dedicated years of service to Rex Hospital, first as a liaison to patient’s families in Intensive Care and later as Receptionist at the front desk. Her genuine concern for families in crisis brought comfort to many. She always commented that working at Rex later in her life, kept her young at heart. Lib’s sense of humor, unconditional love and deeply caring nature graced us all.
Predeceased by brother Billy Talley. Survived by daughters, Donna Appleton Wright, Debbie Appleton Dale, and Denise Appleton Hartsfield, sons-in-law, Tim Dale and Marshall Hartsfield, grandsons Matthew Dale and Andrew Dale, and granddaughter-in-law, Jenny Dale, sister-in-law, Patricia Talley, brothers Roy Talley, (Edna), Dr. Kenneth Talley, (Katherine), Gerald Talley, (Cathy), and John Talley, (Bert), and many nieces and nephews to whom she would often slip a stick of gum to at Talley reunions, when they were little and not so little.
A family service will be held in loving memory of Lib’s wonderful life. Deep gratitude and love to Denise and Marshall for their constant loving care.
The family would like to share their heartfelt appreciation to the Hospice Communities in both Raleigh and Hope Mills.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wake County Transition/LifeCare or Cape Fear Valley Hospice.