Nancy Duckworth McGee

Published 2:57 pm Monday, September 2, 2019

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Nancy Duckworth McGee, 89, of Advance, died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Trinity Elms in Clemmons.

She was born in Fayetteville on July 23, 1930 to the late Paul Calloway Duckworth and the late Elizabeth M. Duckworth. She graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. in 1947 and from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in English.  While attending Salem College, she met Alan McGee. They fell in love and married in 1950, which interrupted her pursuit of a college education. A hallmark of her life was her determination to graduate from college.  Over the course of the next 27 years, while raising four children and moving to six states, she took courses at four colleges to earn her degree at the age of 47. During this time she spent countless hours volunteering in local hospitals, in a juvenile court system, and teaching children in church pre-school and after school programs. Her life was marked by her devotion to God, her husband and family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a life-long learner, an amateur poet and a voracious reader. She loved traveling with her husband and spending time in the North Carolina mountains. She derived the greatest joy in her later years from her great-grandchildren and loved their visits and hearing about their growth and development. She was an active member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and the Upper Room Sunday School Class.

She was also preceded in death by: Alan McGee, her husband of 66 years; her daughters, Janice Marshall McGee and Susan Elizabeth Smith; and her brothers, Paul Frederick Duckworth and Roderick Lamar Duckworth.

Survivors: her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sandra McGee of Winston-Salem; her daughter and son-in-law, Nanci and Chris Robinson of Swansboro; grandchildren, Marshall McGee and wife Melissa of Ashburn, Va., Sarah McGee Girard and husband Richard of Islamorada, Fla., Shannon Robinson Ray of Virginia Beach, Va., and Christopher Robinson of Swansboro; and 5 great-grandchildren, Davis, Carys, Conner, Emma Kate McGee, and Richard Girard Jr.; her sister-in-law, Ella Mae Drinkard Duckworth of Lynchburg; and 6 nephews and nieces.  T

A celebration of her life by her immediate family will be held later.

Memorials: Clemmons UMC or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, 27103.