WILMINGTON — Margaret Thomas Martin, age 100, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021. Born June 28, 1921, in Jackson Springs, NC, Margaret was the youngest of eleven children born to T. Chalmers and Ida Britt Thomas. Though the youngest, Margaret was always the caregiver. Following her graduation in 1939 from the former Candor High School in Candor, Margaret received her degree in nursing from the James Walker School of Nursing, since incorporated into the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
A proud member of the greatest generation, Margaret began her nursing career at the NC Ship Building Company, which built 243 ships during World War II. Her marriage in 1943 to William R. Martin, who died in 1964, produced her daughter Nancy, always the apple of Margaret’s eye.
Following World War II, Margaret worked as a nurse at the James Walker Memorial Hospital and afterwards at its successor, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and then for General Electric. For over 68 years, she maintained her home in Wilmington. After her “retirement,” Margaret continued to care for others. Well into her 80s and after moving to Woodland Terrace in Cary, where she lived for 15 years, Margaret administered blood pressure tests to other residents of the facility.
Mentally acute until near her end, Margaret enjoyed teaching and playing card games with friends and family. She especially enjoyed winning, which she did often and with great pleasure. And she seemed always to be working a new jigsaw puzzle.
The last of her generation, Margaret was predeceased by her ten siblings and her husband. She is survived by her daughter Nancy, who to the pride of her mother also became a nurse, her son-in-law and “buddy” Michael Senter, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Oakdale Cemetery, 520 North 15th Street, Wilmington, NC, with Dr. Jerry Bron officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Margaret asked for donations in her memory to Hemophilia of North Carolina, 260 Town Hall Dr. Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560.
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