Thos. Shepherd & Son - Hendersonville
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
More Obituaries for Margaret Halsey
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Margaret Thompson Halsey

Obituary Condolences

HENDERSONVILLE--Margaret Thompson Halsey, 86, of Hendersonville, NC, died January 12th 2014 with her husband and youngest son by her side. The daughter of the late Lester and Jean Thompson of Des Moines, IA and the loving wife of George Halsey, Margaret passed away at Elizabeth House after a long decline in health. She is survived by her husband George, four sons, Kimball, Douglas, Andrew and Daniel, her brother John Thompson, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Margaret – Tommy to her college classmates – was born on Sept 18, 1927 in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in Des Moines, IA. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1945, and then entered Grinnell College in Iowa. Among the World War II veterans entering or returning to Grinnell and to colleges throughout the country at that time was her future husband. They met in 1946, graduated in 1949 and married a year later.
One part of Margaret's college career of which she was quietly proud was participating in a pioneering exchange program with historically black Hampton Institute in Virginia.
In 1947, seventeen years before the Civil Rights era, she and another Grinnell woman spent a semester there while two Hampton students came to Grinnell.
For the first few years of married life, Margaret and George worked at Iowa State College (now University) in Ames, IA and their first two sons were born there.
The couple moved to the Washington, DC area in 1956 where George worked for the federal government. Two more sons were born, and that meant several moves to accommodate the growing family. Her husband's career later included five years in Munich, Germany and one year in Chicago. During her time in Europe, she traveled widely with family and friends. She loved to travel and collect antiques. After retiring, the couple continued traveling the country for two years in a motorhome, before settling in Hendersonville in 1991.
Margaret was gracious, caring and hospitable. Many have commented on her engaging voice.
She will be missed by her family, friends and all those who knew her. A private family memorial service is planned. To honor her life, consider a donation to Four Seasons Hospice.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Jan. 19, 2014
Read More