Marguerite Jeffries

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Marguerite Caddell Jeffries CHARLOTTE - For many, many years, Marguerite Jeffries and her beloved husband "Jeff" began each morning by reading the obituary column of the Charlotte Observer and mused that it was a good day because their names weren't there. They were so happy to look forward to another day of giving, loving, sharing and hope. Sadly, for Marguerite's family and friends, her name is in the newspaper today, but joyfully for Marguerite, she is now with her heavenly Father. She leaves behind those who loved her and celebrate memories of the wonderful life she lived. Georgia Marguerite Caddell Jeffries died July 23, 2014 of natural causes at Taylor Glen Retirement Community in Concord, N. C. Born August 25, 1918 in Charlotte, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Georgia Caddell. She graduated from Central High School, Class of 1934, at the age of 16. At that time Central High School only had 11 grades. She went immediately to work for Southern Bell Telephone Company, where she ultimately advanced to senior supervisor, and stayed for 17 years leaving only to raise her children. Marguerite met James Warren Jeffries of Belwood, N.C. soon after his graduation from Lees McRae College. They were married on June 12, 1941 and enjoyed nearly 59 years of marriage before his death in 2000. They were a great team. "Jeff" was a part of the Oasis Shrine Temple Divan for years before serving as Potentate in 1983-84. While he was active in the Shrine, Marguerite volunteered at the Oasis Shrine temple as chairman of the Shriner's wives who helped send out the letters and invitations to the North and South Carolina high school coaches and players for participation in the yearly Shrine Bowl football game. She spent years volunteering in many capacities at the Shrine and travelling for special events, meetings, and vacations. Eastern Star was important to Marguerite. She served as Worthy Matron twice, and was Grand Electa at the State level in 1974-75. Her duties in these positions were quite a personal and professional accomplishment. Marguerite was very active at Calvary United Methodist Church. She sat on the same pew with Jeff (who occasionally snored) for 59 years. She raised her children there, and was a real leader in the church. This was her second home, a place to "make a difference" for others. The ministers always considered her one of the "go-to" ladies when they needed something done. She spearheaded fundraising campaigns, led projects by the "Crafty Ladies," including yard sales and luncheons. In honor of her service and dedication, she was recognized as Charlotte Volunteer of the Month in the Charlotte Observer. Her church and the United Methodist Women also recognized her as Woman of the Year and the church celebrated her as Bereavement Committee honoree in 2005. She volunteered heavily with Loaves and Fishes, not only at the church, but city-wide. Marguerite was well- known for her cooking and fine baking which she shared with friends, family and the under-priviledged. She was especially known for her cheese-straws, often saying if she had a nickel for every cheese straw she had ever made, she'd be a millionaire. She was excellent at rum cakes, casseroles, and delicious home-cooked meals. She also loved to sew, make crafty items, and was quite sporty. She played golf for several years, being known for her "hole-in-one" at Cowan's Ford Country Club in 1967. She loved organizing parties and luncheons and is especially remembered for planning her 70th Central High School class reunion in 2004. During the years, Marguerite loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed her lunches, trips to the beach, and activities with her daughter, Nancy and Nancy's friends. She enjoyed travelling around the country on Christian Tours with her son Jimmy and hours spent with David and granddaughter Tara. Visits with all of the grandchildren were also joyful times. Marguerite was a member of a long-standing bridge club in Charlotte for more than 60 years. Upon moving to Taylor Glen in 2002, she continued her passion for playing bridge and making cakes and goodies for the new residents when they moved in. She loved organizing parties, luncheons, and many bridesmaids luncheons over the years and was especially known for planning her 70th Central High School class reunion in 2004. Marguerite was kind beyond words. She was so unselfish, loving and always had a positive attitude. She made friends easily, never had an enemy, and searched for ways to bring people together. Our Mother was the wind beneath the wings of Jeff and her children. She was with us for all of our celebrations and awards and our disappointments and failures, always being positive and sharing love and advice to carry us through. She has been the light or our lives, our idea for hope beyond hope, and she will always live in our hearts. Marguerite is survived by her daughter Nancy Fennell and husband, Louis of Concord, N.C., her sons Jim Jeffries of Jamestown, N.C. and David Jeffries and wife, Debbie of Winston-Salem, N. C., granddaughter, Tara Jeffries, step grandchildren, Jennifer Vogler, Ashley (Jason) Lee, Gus Fennell, and Lex (Kellie) Fennell. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Jackson and Kiley Lee, and Campbell, Ella and Grant Fennell, two nieces, three nephews and their spouses and children and her sister-in-law, Jerry Jeffers of Wilmington, N.C. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Caddell and wives Willie Fisher and Mildred Entrekin Caddell. . A celebration of Marguerite's life will be on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 512 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC. Visitation will be at 10:00 am preceding the service at 11:00 am, followed by burial at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 512 West Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28203. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at Taylor Glen , as well as the Taylor Glen residents, for the love and care they provided for Marguerite, especially during the past few weeks. Also, to Dr. David Tignor for his excellent care over the years. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28203. Please share condolences online at
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Published in Charlotte Observer on July 25, 2014
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