Margaret Ann Coffman
Margaret Ann McCall Coffman of Pickens transcended this life on Tuesday, 31-August, peacefully in her sleep. The wife of Ralph Lee Coffman, Margaret was born 7-January-1940 in Cashiers, North Carolina, to Shearron "Fess" McCall and his wife, Monica (Rochester). The youngest of eleven, she was orphaned at the tender age of two and adopted by her sister, Winnie Lee Nix, and husband, Grover Nix, living in Pickens.
After graduating Pickens High School at the top of her class, Margaret married the late F. Don Durham and raised four children in Germany, Pickens, and Melbourne, Florida (Don, Lee Anne, "Mali" Susan Amalia, and Chris). Later, to pursue her passion for learning and life, she graduated with highest honors from Clemson University with a Bachelor's Degree Accounting. Margaret was a master of many trades beyond accounting. She taught herself general contracting and started her own construction business in Florida, and later served (and retired) as CFO for Trehel Corporation in Seneca, among other positions, much too numerous to list.
Margaret had a talent for sewing, cooking, homewares, and gardening. She could make most anything from even the smallest patch of cloth (wallets, purses, dresses, quilts, etc.), and could knit hats, sweaters, and even purses. In the home, she was known for making her own jellies, pickles, and even catsup - and oh, those Saturday morning biscuits!!!!! She could grow anything in her garden, from squash to asparagus to muscadines to rutabagas.
Margaret married Ralph Coffman in 1996 and they spent the next twenty five years living all across the USA in Pickens, Alaska, and Texas. For three years, she and Ralph travelled the USA in an RV, living in various parks around the country, volunteering at state parks, enjoying the scenery and people.
Margaret is preceded in the hereafter by her sisters (Gladys, Ruth, Gertrude, Doris, Louise, Winnie Lee), brothers (Garcy, Hershel, Wayne, Howard), her nieces (raised as sisters) Nell and Monty, her first husband F. Don Durham, and daughter Susan Amalia. Her surviving immediate family includes husband Ralph, niece (sister) Madge, son Don (spouse Linda) Durham, daughter Lee Anne Crafton, and son Chris Durham, stepsons Phillip (spouse Julie) Coffman and Toby (spouse Michael) Coffman, and grandchildren Mali Durham, Ben Crafton, Ian (spouse Caliann) Crafton, Dylan Crafton, Sh'muel Avraham, Skye-Amalia Durham, Samantha Coffman Arnold, Kayla Coffman, Nathan Harris, Alexandra Harris and Hannah Harris, and one great granddaughter Caiya Crafton, along with nephews and nieces too numerous to mention.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Margaret's memory via donations to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
God speed, Mom. We'll see you on the other side one day. -Don, Lee Anne, Ralph, and Chris
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