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Margaret Angell Shields Volney, I, 93, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 15, 2020.

A proud graduate of East Carolina Teachers College, Margaret received her BS degree in Home Economics giving her the foundation for a life filled with creativity, gourmet meals, party planner extraordinaire with a driven desire to learn and explore new things as she challenged herself to continuously broaden her horizons.

Margaret was an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she volunteered her decorating talents for various church and school fundraising events. Margaret was a passionate member of The Old Saint Paul Preservation Guild, working towards preserving our oldest Catholic Church in NC, where all of her family members have been baptized, married and buried. Margaret actively pursued the preservation of the Judge Gaston House, where the first recorded NC Catholic Mass was held in 1821. In 1959, on Tryon Palace’s opening day, Margaret was among the first docents under the guidance of Miss Gertrude Carraway. Margaret was an active Scout leader for many years; a founding member of the Trent Woods Garden Club; a Master Gardener; a member New Bern Golf & Country Club; and Trent River Artist Association.

In 1978 Margaret and her daughter, Margaret (Boo), opened ‘Balloons Galore’, an ever-evolving delightful place to shop especially during the holiday seasons. Whether it was a special decorating event, or a bouquet of balloons delivered by ‘Big Bird’, Margaret brought smiles and memories for over 32 successful years in business.

Margaret is survived by daughters, Margaret Angell Shields Volney II; Donna Michaux (John) of Oak Island, NC; Theresa Wilkinson (Jay) of Raleigh, NC; her brother, Louis Shields, and his wife Nancy Shields; her sister, Mary Catherine Wadsworth and her husband, Albert Wadsworth, of Atlantic Beach, NC; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, John and Annie Shields; by her husband, Frank Volney, Jr.; by her brother, John A. Shields, Jr.; her sister, Martha Ann Smith; and her aunt, Theresa Shipp.

Rosary will be at 3:00 pm on January 19, 2020 at Old St. Paul Church, 504 Middle Street. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3005 Country Club Road, preceding the Funeral Mass in her honor at 2:00 pm. Family Interment will be January 21, 2020 at 10:30 am at Cedar Grove Cemetery Extension.

Flowers are welcomed and Memorial donations may be made to: The Old Saint Paul Preservation Guild, 3005 Country Club Road New Bern, NC 28562




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  • Friday, January 17, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    What a wonderful woman who brought such zest and life to everything and everyone around here! She will be missed here for sure, but I imagine she is already decorating Heaven!
    ~ Kit Parks   Morehead City, NC
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020
    Margaret was a friend everyone wanted to have. She was a "light" who radiated joy wherever she went. My friend always found life to be delightful and loved the way she viewed the world around with such wonder and curiosity. I will forever miss her.
    ~ Jan Luzadder   Havelock, NC