Martha Patrick Archbell passed away quietly in her home Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, 2006, after years of declining health. Miss Archbell was born in Chocowinity, N.C., on Sept. 9, 1909, the daughter of the late Minnie Hughes Leroy Archbell and William Clarke Archbell. After the early death of her mother, she moved to Elizabeth City, N.C., and was raised by her maternal grandmother, Grandmother Hughes, and her older sister, Lucille H. Bellanger. Their influence and guidance led her to choose a career in education. She received a bachelor of arts degree in teaching from WomenÕs College of Greensboro (now UNC-Greensboro) and taught in Elizabeth City and Southern Pines before coming to Wilmington in the years when Dr. Haywood Bellamy was superintendent. For a few years after World War II, Miss Archbell served our country in Italy as an administrative assistant for the government, visiting Austria and France while there. She spent six months studying at The Sorbonne in Paris, France, before returning to the United States to resume her teaching career that spanned 46 years. She taught French and Latin at New Hanover High School, and later, after receiving her master's degree from East Carolina University, she became guidance counselor at Hoggard High School. Miss Archbell loved to travel. For many years, she took high school students to Europe in the summer. She traveled extensively in Italy and France. She encouraged everyone to travel and enjoyed hearing about friendÕs travel experiences. Miss Archbell has served as president of The N.C. Retired Teachers Association and had been active in the Colonial Dames before her health declined. She loved her church, St. James Episcopal Church, and really appreciated the visits and loving care of her Stephens minister, Barbara Swann. Miss Archbell is survived by a nephew, Joe Lamb Jr. and his wife, Ann of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; and a special friend, Dr. Emma Jane Lackey and her family, Ed, Emily, and Stewart Merritt, who have considered her part of their family. Pat Hargrove, Jeanne Leonard, Viney Hayes, Deloris Moore, Dot Robinson and Jane Lewis share a special spot in her heart for the passionate and constant care they have given her in her declining years. The Martha Patrick Archbell Educational Scholarship has been established at UNC-W to benefit juniors and seniors who plan to teach at the high school level. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to UNC-W, Division of University Advancements, Attn. Karen Brown, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington, N.C. A graveside service and interment will be held in Elizabeth City, N.C. at the Old Hollywood Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, next to her mother and sister. May she rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Andrews Mortuary in Wilmington and Twiford Funeral Home in Elizabeth City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com. A Market St. Chapel Service.
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Published in The Daily Advance on Sept. 14, 2006