Margaret Wood Story Haywood died five days before her 85th birthday on January 15, 2015 at Duke Raleigh Hospital, of complications from pneumonia.
The oldest child of Mac Daniel Allen and Virginia Wood Story, Margie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 20, 1930, and moved to Raleigh in 1939. She was preceded in death by her son, Marshall De Lancey Haywood III and her husband of 57 years, Marshall De Lancey Haywood, Jr.
Margie attended Raleigh public schools, St. Mary’s Junior College and was a graduate of UNC – Chapel Hill. She wrote for the Society Page of the Raleigh Times until her marriage in 1952. For the duration of her husband’s service in the Marine Corps, Margie worked as a substitute teacher in her children’s school in Jacksonville, NC, while fulfilling both parental roles at home during Marshall’s many deployments overseas.
In 1969 Margie and her family returned to Raleigh to live in the Haywood family home. She became involved in numerous civic and historic organizations, including the Mordecai house, the Raleigh City Museum of which she was a founding member, the Raleigh Bicentennial Celebration, and most recently the Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation Group. She was the corresponding secretary of the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati. Margie was the first curator of Haywood Hall Museum and Gardens and devoted more than 37 years of her life to its preservation and success. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of North Carolina, the Johnsonian Book Club, and served as President of Friends of Haywood Hall. In 2008 she was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for her dedication to historic preservation in the City of Raleigh.
Margie is survived by her devoted daughter Betsy Haywood, her granddaughter Lindsay Williamson and husband Luke, grandson Haywood Foard and wife Megan, and granddaughter Julia Foard and fiancé Kyle Miller. She also is survived by her great grandchildren Eleanor De Lancey Foard, Landon Haywood Campbell Williamson, and Zachary Graham Morehead Williamson, all of whom brought her tremendous joy in the last six years of her life.
The family expresses its deepest gratitude to caregivers Ginger Terrell, Funtella Mebane, and Esther Richardson, whose devotion allowed Margie to live with dignity at home among her loved ones. Deeply appreciated as well are the comfort and compassion provided by the staff at Duke Raleigh Hospital.
The family will receive friends at the parish hall at Christ Church on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:00 at Christ Church, with interment to follow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics, The Wounded Warrior Project, or Friends of Haywood Hall.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.