Thursday morning just before 9am my grandmother, Edna Whitley Maughan, passed away. She was 87 years old and died at her home on Mills Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. The same house in which she lived since 1947, and which she received as part of the GI Bill as a veteran of World War II. She was a nurse and stationed in Devizes, UK, and treated wounded soldiers brought in from France. After returning home from the war, she married Ariel Leishman Maughan, who was also a veteran, and a professional basketball player (for a time). For a while they moved from place to place depending on which team he was playing ball for. She went on to work until retirement as a pediatric nurse at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and raised 5 children all by herself, and she now has a whole slew of grandkids and two great-grandchildren.

Edna was born in Beaufort, North Carolina (“Bow-fert” not “Byoo-fert”) to Gabriel and Serena Whitley. Her grandfather worked on the shrimp boats and made nets — he hand carved the cork that went on the nets. Gabriel was a machinist and worked for the railroad — he moved the family to Raleigh when Edna was two years old, and they lived on Sunrise Avenue down the street from the railroad and Gabriel’s shop. My mom remembers that Gabriel was an excellent gardner, and grew roses and had an orchard in the backyard. He’d make wine from the scuppernong grapes he grew in the yard. Edna also inherited the green thumb and has always kept an exquisite garden.

So, this is my own obituary for Edna. It’s not the whole story, but it’s a start! She will be missed by all who knew her! A true Southern gal, born and raised in North Carolina, and a beautiful person.



~ by atomlattice on April 26, 2008.

One Response to “Edna”

  1. This is a beautiful salute to your grandmother, Sarah. She was a wonderful person who loved her family dearly. We’ll all miss her.

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