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Margaret Thomas Bourne

Mrs. Margaret Thomas Bourne, 84, of Winston-Salem, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro, NC.

She was born in Tarboro on December 20, 1929. She graduated as valedictorian from Tarboro High School in 1948. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology-economics from Salem College in 1952. While home for the summer, she met her future husband, Henry C. Bourne Jr., on a blind date whom she married in 1953. During the course of her life, she was an active participant in various faculty women’s clubs, garden clubs, and quilting groups.

Her love of books and cultural pursuits contributed to her and her late husband’s desire to fund “The Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Jr. Chair in Poetry” at Georgia Tech, as well as scholarship funds at Salem College and Virginia Episcopal School. Besides being an avid reader, she also enjoyed gardening, needle work, stamp collecting and was a life-long fan of baseball; her generous nature, unique smile and the mischievous sparkle in her eye, brought joy to those she met.

Despite her many activities and interests her greatest dedication was as a wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Henry Clark Bourne, Jr. of Winston-Salem. Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Bourne Church of Castle Rock, CO; a son, Henry Clark Bourne, III of Denver; a son, Thomas Franklin Bourne of Atlanta; a daughter, Margaret Bourne Dickinson of Winston-Salem; ten grandchildren and a great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be sent to Calvary Episcopal Churchyard Fund or “The Henry and Margaret Bourne Scholarship Fund” at Georgia Tech.

The family wishes to express our undying gratitude to the caregivers from Home Instead, the staff, caregivers and nurses from Bayada, and Age with Grace for their compassion, affection and dedication to our mother and us.

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