Marguerite Church Altman

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Marguerite Church Altman, 93, of the Vox Community, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones and beautiful music on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Shadow Oaks, An Assisted Living Community, in Aiken, SC. Born December 24, 1922 in Dillon County, SC, she was the fifth child of the late Daniel Murray Church and Bertie Letha Bryant Church (Hayes).
A graveside celebration of her life and legacy will be held at Eaddy Ford Cemetery on Eaddy Ford Cemetery Road, Johnsonville, SC at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 4. Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway is in charge of arrangements.
After graduating from Lake View High School, Marguerite joined the war effort traveling to Mobile, Alabama to work in the shipyards during World War II. Marguerite chose to leave Mobile and join the Army Nurses Corp at the Baptist Hospital Nurses Program in Columbia, SC. Finishing her Registered Nurse's degree in 1947 meant that she did not join the war effort since World War II had ended before her graduation. She was recruited by Dr. Johnson to start her RN career at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Hemingway, SC. One Sunday afternoon, a young gentleman from the Vox Community, came to the hospital to visit a sick friend. Mayo Altman caught the eye of a pretty Registered Nurse, Marguerite Church. They were married December 16, 1950, and Marguerite and Mayo moved to their home in the Vox Community.
Mayo and Marguerite raised two children, Stephen Mayo and Mary Susanne, as Marguerite continued her career working at Johnson Memorial Hospital and Lower Florence County Hospital in Lake City, SC for over three decades. She was a consummate nurse, giving special care to many patients through her decades of nursing. As her son-in-law, Terry, came to know her better, he dubbed Marguerite "an angel on Earth". She lived up to this reputation in all aspects of her life taking care of patients and family, with special doting given to her grandchildren, Michael and Stephen. Mayo and Marguerite celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in December 2000, about a year before Mayo's death in 2001.
After moving to the Vox Community, Marguerite became a dedicated member of the Vox Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed many years as an active member of the United Methodist Women and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Marguerite moved to Shadow Oaks, An Assisted Living Community of Aiken in May 2013. She became a favorite of the staff as she found ways to brighten everyone's days.
Surviving are children: Steve Altman, Johnsonville; Susanne Altman Kneece and son-in-law, Terry Kneece, Aiken; grandchildren: Michael Kneece and wife Elizabeth, Redondo Beach, California; Stephen Kneece and wife Alexandrea, Aiken; brothers and sisters: Coleen Hayes Lawler (Robert), Newcomerstown OH; Lanneau Hayes (Margaret) and Valdean Hayes, Lake View; Bill Hayes, Florence; Helen Hayes Holliday (Charles), Anderson and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were husband, Mayo Altman; mother, Bertie Letha Bryant Church Hayes; father, Murray Church; brothers and sisters, Annie Belle Church Hayes, James Church, Lucille Church Thompson, Letha Bertie Church (infant), Daniel Church, Robert Lee Church, and Kate Church Elvington.
We are grateful for the loving support of family and friends. Special thanks to the staff of Shadow Oaks Assisted Living Community of Aiken and Regency Hospice of Aiken for their compassionate care of our sweet Mama.
Memorials may be given to South Carolina Baptist Hospital Alumnae Association Scholarship Fund, 224 Loch Road, Columbia, SC 29210 in memory of Marguerite Church Altman, 1947 Alumnus.
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Mar. 3, 2016
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