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Margaret Hooper Turner.
Margaret Hooper Turner.

Margaret Hooper Turner, 62, went home to her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, Dec. 30 after suffering from complications of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, a rare degenerative brain illness.

Margaret was born June 9, 1953 in Richmond, Virginia and lived most of her life in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. She was the second of five daughters of Dr. Joseph Ward Hooper and Nell Trask Hooper, both of Wilmington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem College and in 1975, married Terry Forrest Turner of Wilmington.

Margaret’s analytical and retentive mind made otherwise difficult tasks simple. She was always first to finish The New York Times crossword puzzle over the years and could uncannily remember verses to songs, rhymes, hymns and limericks. She was a master duplicate bridge player.

Domestically, Margaret’s culinary proficiency was legendary throughout the year. Especially coveted were her caramel and carrot cakes during Christmas time. Margaret was famous for filling tins with the Original Trask Mints, a family recipe.

Through her mother, Margaret mastered needlework, including cross stich, crewel, knitting, smocking, and needlepoint. Needlepoint was her specialty, which she taught at Yarns of Wilmington. Quite literally, every male member of her family received individualized needlepoint belts and the ladies received ornaments.

She made gifts of needlepoint stockings for friends across the country, and, today, these items are cherished from coast to coast.

Margaret is a past member of the Junior League of Wilmington and was active in the Ministering Circle and the Colonial Dames of North Carolina. Both she and Terry were communicants of St. James Parish.

Her friends describe her as loyal, giving, steadfast in her opinions, and, most notably, altruistic towards anyone who walked into her home. Margaret was a devoted friend and the most generous person with her time, talents, and thoughtfulness of everyone.

Margaret is survived by her mother, husband, daughters Reston Turner Mattox (James) and their three children Powell, Emma, and Turner of Raleigh and Margaret Turner Clarke (Matthew) of Charleston, and, sons Terry Forrest Turner, Jr. (Mollie), and Joseph Ward Turner, sisters Nell Hooper Graham (Fred) of Wilmington, Louise Hooper Jones (Murray) of Winston-Salem, Nancy Hooper Morrison (Perry) of Wilson, and sister in law Paula Turner Lanier (Bill). Margaret loved her nieces, nephews, and grand children, who referred to her as Aunt Moggie, Ducka-Duck and Boo.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 at St. James Church.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to be sent to the CJD Foundation or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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