Anne Morgan Kerr, 94, died peacefully at her home at Topsail Beach, North Carolina on August 10, 2016 surrounded by her family, just as she wished.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Langdon Chevis “Chubby” Kerr, Jr. and her daughter, Mary Anne Kerr Shelton.
She was the daughter of the late William Mangum Morgan and Mary Campbell Morgan of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Anne Kerr had two distinct lives and she lived them both to the fullest. She and Chubby enjoyed 33 years of marriage as they raised their family in Clinton, North Carolina. She was a devoted mother to their four children. Not only was she an excellent role model for them, but she served as a Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout leader, grade mother and was tirelessly involved in Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church. She did all of this without spanking a child and rarely raised her voice in anger. It was apparent to all four children that mothering was her ultimate joy and one that called on her boundless energy as well as her irreverent wit.
She became a widow at 57 and on her 65th birthday bulldozed the 1940s beach cottage that the family owned, built her dream home and moved to Topsail Beach permanently. She often said that a day beside the water did not count against the allocated days one had on earth and her life seems to bear that out.
At Topsail, she became a part of a large group of retirees, many widows that felt that there was still a lot of life left to live. Together they formed the Topsail Historical Society, raised money to buy the Assembly Building to preserve it for the community and created the summer Bingo Games to pay for it. She was also very active in the early days of Autumn at Topsail, a festival that has become a Topsail Beach tradition. She had a large circle of friends and was always up for an adventure of any sort. During that time, she was always available to provide support for her children be it driving to Atlanta to help care for the newest grandchildren, nursing Susan during her two year recovery from a riding accident or being the driver for Lang as he recovered from a hip replacement. She was always the gracious host for her grandchildren and most of them spent several summers living in her home under their grandmother’s tolerant eyes. She loved her children and grandchildren and for that matter all children. She still would nurture any child that crossed her path.
Anne Kerr leaves behind her children, Langdon “Lang” Chevis Kerr, III and his wife Cathey; Susan Kerr Magnabosco and her husband Paul; Nancy Kerr Thomason and her husband Mark, and her son-in law, Paul Shelton, the husband of her deceased daughter Mary Anne Shelton. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Paul Stephen Shelton, Jr., Carol Magnabosco Merritt, Anne Marie Kerr, Lee Anne Lequick, Langdon Chevis Kerr, IV, Gray Thomason, Cole Thomason and four great grandchildren, Ben Shelton, Reilly Shelton, Madison Merritt and Alton Lequick.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1 pm at Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel. There will be a graveside service in Clinton, North Carolina on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel at Topsail Beach, North Carolina or Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, North Carolina. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and the many friends that helped the family as caregivers for their incredible care and support during this journey.
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