Margaret Neister Hosea, of Durham, North Carolina, died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Duke Medical Center.
A native of Spencer, NC, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Estelle Neister; wife of 42 years of the late Rufus Haywood Hosea and sister of the late Virginia Neister. She was a graduate of Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and worked briefly as an elementary school teacher prior to her marriage. She then worked as a homemaker as her family made their home in St. Louis, MO, Rye, NY and finally in Durham. Following her husband’s retirement from Liggett & Myers, they were active in community affairs, Trinity United Methodist Church and traveling as ambassadors for Rotary International. Margaret became a member of the Croasdaile Retirement Community in 2000 and was an active participant in the life of the community.
She was an accomplished needle crafter, winning awards for her rug hooking and needlepoint. She especially enjoyed knitting caps for the Duke University Medical Center NICU patients and prided herself in the hundreds that she hand knitted. Her favorite pastime was playing bridge and she was a championship duplicate bridge player through her final year.
Surviving is her daughter, Margaret Gay Hosea Geiger and husband Raymond, of Wilson; son, Dr. Robert Haywood Hosea and wife, Mary, of Kinston. Five grandchildren, Marjorie Geiger Gallagher of Louisville, KY, Robert James Geiger of Atlanta, GA, Mary Elizabeth Hosea Lemoine of Dallas, TX, Margaret Anne Hosea Shamblin of Ammam, Jordan, and Robert Broussard Hosea of Washington, DC and seven great-grandchildren.
An interment service will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday at Willow Dale Cemetery, 306 E. Elm Street, Goldsboro, NC.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday at the William Few Chapel of Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC, followed by a time of visiting.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Benevolence Fund at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC 27705 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 25 N. Church Street, Durham, NC 27701 or to the charity on one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online obituaries, www.hallwynne.com.