Margaret Dreher Carroll Wilkinson COLUMBIA - Margaret Dreher Carroll Wilkinson, 69, passed away on Saturday morning, April 15, 2017, at her home with her loving husband, Jerry at her side. "Peggy" was predeceased by her parents Walton Douglas (Doug) Carroll, Sr. and Leila Margaret Dreher Carroll. Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, she graduated from A.C Flora High School and The University of SC College of Nursing. She was well-respected, as a registered nurse for years, at Baptist Medical Center. Peggy was a competent and compassionate head nurse in pediatrics, and last served on the initial nursing staff of their new oncology unit, ministering to oncology patients and helped in teaching the new nursing staff. She met Jerry when he was teaching at USC. They married in her family church, Ebenezer Lutheran, where she had been active all of her younger life. After marriage, she went to Kinshasa, Zaire, Africa, while Jerry served in the Peace Corps. For two and a half years she worked in Peace Corp clinics and experienced life in that part of the world. Coming back to the states, she and Jerry moved to Cary, NC, where he worked in Public Health for NC, and Peggy continued her nursing career at Raleigh Children and Adolescent Medicine, working with children from birth to college age. She stayed there until recently retiring. In her years of service, she brought much comfort and healing to her many patients; however, her son Sam was her greatest joy and accomplishment. Sam is currently finishing college in Oregon. She is survived by husband Jerry Franklin Wilkinson and son Samuel "Sam" Franklin Wilkinson, of Portland, Oregon, brother, Walton D. Carroll, Jr. (Jerolyn Long) and sister and best friend, Virginia Carroll Coleman (Curtis, Jr), sisters-in law Lydona Wilkinson Miller (John) and Stephanie Wilkinson Halstead (Bill), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Thank you to all who have shown Peggy such love and care at this time, especially Stephanie Halstead and her care-givers. Peggy was the epitome of pure, ethical living, and lived these characteristics throughout her shortened life. She came from a close-knit family, and her goodness and sweet selfless nature will be missed. A memorial service will take place at a later time. Remembrances to The American Cancer Society (att: NSCLC) Non-small Cell Lung Cancer or Duke-Raleigh Hospice would be her desire. A memorial service will take place at a later time. Arrangements for the Wilkinson family are under the care of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, NC. You may place online condolences at www.brownwynnecary.com .
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