Published: Jan 09, 2013 12:04 AM
Modified: Jan 09, 2013 12:04 AM
Margaret H. Wharton, nee Biggs, teacher and author, passed away January 1 at age 95 at the Carolina Meadows senior community in Chapel Hill, NC.
Mrs. Wharton was born in Devizes, Wiltshire. England, on August 9, 1917. She completed her teacher training at Whitelands College in London. During World War II, she helped evacuate schoolchildren in her care to towns in the English countryside to escape the London bombing.
During the war, Mrs. Wharton met and married William David Wharton of Greensboro, NC, an American lieutenant stationed in Savernake Forest, near her home town of Marlborough, Wiltshire. After the war, she and her husband settled in Glen Rock, NJ, near New York City. Mrs. Wharton resumed her teaching career in Glen Rock, teaching elementary school until she and Mr. Wharton retired to North Carolina in 1977. They moved to the Carolina Meadows senior community in 1988.
Mrs. Wharton enjoyed knitting, water-color painting, choir singing, and especially writing and keeping travel journals. She published five books about growing up in rural England, life in England during World War II, her migration and adjustment to life in the United States, and her extensive travels with her husband in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was a choir member of the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill.
She is survived by two sons, David, of Oxford, Mississippi, and Christopher, of Baltimore, Maryland; a niece Rachel McCready of Weymouth, England; and four grandchildren. Her husband William David passed away in 2008.
A memorial service for Mrs. Wharton was held at Carolina Meadows on January 5th, followed by interment at Buffalo Presbyterian Church, in Greensboro, NC.
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