SHELBY - Margaret Louise Blanton McMurry, 85, of Shelby, passed away May 14, 2014. Margaret was born July 13, 1928, in Gaffney, S.C. She was the daughter of the
late Otis Alexander and Sally Ellis Blanton. She was the devoted wife of Robert McMurry, of 63 years, and a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She was a graduate of Gaffney High School Class of 1945, Gardner-Webb College Class of 1947, and received her Registered Nursing degree from Shelby School of Nursing Class of 1950. She served her community as a hospital, private practice and orthodontic nurse for 45 years, and retired in 1995 from Dr. John Thompson Orthodontics. Margaret was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Shelby and WMU. She will be remembered for her love of cooking and reading. She loved her family dearly and considered her neighbors as family.
In addition to her parents, Margaret is preceded in death by one brother, Ellis Blanton and wife Nell; one sister, Cassie Blanton Hardin and husband Doug; brother-in-law, Harold Harris; one sister-in-law, Bernice McMurry Hoyle and husband Foy; and brother-in-law, Jack McMurry.
She is survived by her husband, Robert McMurry; daughter, Susan McMurry Grose and husband David of Shelby; son, Robert Alexander McMurry and wife Valena of Huntersville; sister, Francis Blanton Harris of Boiling Springs; two brothers-in-law, Fitzhugh McMurry and wife Judy and Joseph McMurry and wife Beverly; two granddaughters, Michelle Grose of Charlotte and Megan McMurry of Charleston; two grandsons, Michael Grose of Shelby and Ben McMurry of Raleigh; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service in the sanctuary.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Shelby.
Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Shelby.
Funeral home: Arrangements are by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Memorials: May be made to First Baptist Church Shelby, 120 N. Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150.