NEW BERN - Ms. Margaret Hayward Nassef died on May 1, 2013, with her loving family at her bedside. Ms. Nassef was born one of nine children on May 16, 1923 to James and Ethel Hayward in Bishops' Stortford, England. She was predeceased by both of her parents, her older seven siblings, and her beloved husband, Eddie John Nassef.
Ms. Nassef graduated boarding school from Herts and Essex in Bishops' Stortford and was an alumnus of East Carolina University, where she studied English. She was employed by New Bern Craven County library where she also worked as the bookmobile librarian for many years. Some of her favorite memories were of the excited faces of the children who would wait in anticipation for the bookmobile to arrive. After retirement from the library and her husband's death, Ms. Nassef became a docent at Tryon Palace in New Bern, where she worked until she was eighty-five, retiring only because of poor health. In addition, she worked briefly with the American Heart Association doing early screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease. Ms. Nassef loved the performing arts and was very involved in local theatre, both as a performer and as a board member of the New Bern Civic Theatre. One of her proudest moments was her performance as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady. She was also one of the founding members of the New Bern chapter of The English Speaking Union, where she served for several years as its president. When she relocated to Winston-Salem N. C., she became involved with the Lost Colonist, a local group of transplanted Europeans. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where she had been a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Home School Organization, serving as its president while her children were attending the school. One of her proudest accomplishments was her role as caregiver for her husband, Eddie, during the sixteen years he was paralyzed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Ms. Nassef is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Nassef Caroon (Michael), Sheri Nassef Swindell (Thomas), and Sheila Kathleen Nassef. She had seven grandchildren, Margaret Michele, Kathleen, Edward Clay, Ananda, Graham, Nathan, and Jessica. She had 12 great-gandchildren, with two on the way. She had many devoted nieces and nephews, both here in the States as well as in England.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Pollock Best Funerals and Cremations. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Middle St. in New Bern on Friday, May 3 2013 at 11 a.m. Burial be at National Cemetery. The visitation will be held at Pollock Best Funerals and Cremations on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 6 p.m. with the Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society,
in Memphis, Tennessee (a favorite of Ms. Nassef's), or Hospice of Carteret County.
A special thank you and gratitude is extended by the family for the loving care provided by the kind people associated with Hospice, especially the nurse, Robyn, who was there with us to the end.