Margaret Dale Malpass

October 23, 1924 - April 30, 2022
Margaret Dale Malpass

Margaret Elizabeth Dale Malpass 97, of the Delco Community passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Premier Living of Lake Waccamaw, NC with her family by her side.

She was born on October 23, 1924 in Freeman, NC, the daughter of the late Mamie Mintz Dale and Madison (Matt) Dale. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ashford Malpass; son, Gene Malpass, six brothers, Edison Dale, Warren Dale, Charlie Dale, Theodore Dale, Robert Dale and Johnnie Dale; and three sisters, Grace Benson, Dora Benson, and Virginia Malpass.

Margaret earned her Diploma from Delco High School in 1940. She and her husband Ashford owned several businesses throughout the years, including Malpass Logging for over 50 years and she served as the secretary for the length of the business. They employed many people in the community throughout the years of the business. She was a very accomplished business woman and owned several properties in the community. She served on the Board of International Paper Co. for 2 years and was a active member of Woodman of the World where she held several titles, and earned several awards.

Margaret loved her church, Piney Grove Advent Christian Church of which she was a member all of her life. She played the piano for many years there and served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was involved in almost every event and function at the church until her health caused her to be unable to serve. She loved her Church and her Church Family very much.

Margaret had a very strong work ethic and she instilled that in her children and others. She was someone who would help anyone who was down and out, and if she knew you were hungry, she could cook up a 21 course meal in 15 minutes. She was always there to anyone in need. All of her accomplishments are worth merit, but the family is most grateful for her many acts of kindness and her investments into the lives of others. She was also an excellent and successful home gardener and cook.

She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend.

Left to honor her life, is her son, Shelton Malpass (Sharon) of Wrightsboro; daughter Annette Malpass (Darin Jackson) of Council, and daughter in-law Pattie Malpass of Delco; nine grandchildren, Ashton Malpass (Hope), Candie Lawson (Chris), Sloan Barber (Shane), Amy Smith (Jeff), Anthony Malpass (Leslie), Betsy Crowder (Joe), Grant Hinson, Brian Robinson, and April Martin; 20 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; one brother Ezra Dale of Leland, and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to everyone who came to visit, call, text and every act of kindness shown to the family during this time and a special thanks to nieces Rachel Wilkins and Sylvia Ward for the special care given to Margaret.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Piney Grove Advent Christian Church, 37 Piney Grove Road-Delco, NC 28436.

Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, May 4. 2022 at Piney Grove United Advent Christian Church led by Rev. Durwood Jackson, Rev. Calvin Malpass, and assisted by Anthony Malpass. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather in the Church Fellowship Hall following the committal services.

Her pallbearers will be Madison Crowder, Andrew Malpass, Brian Robinson, Larry Dale, Aaron Ward, and Joe Crowder. Honorary pallbearers will be Emerson Dale, Charlie Dale, Jr., Larry Dale, Keith Wilkins, and Bobbie Dale

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  • May 04, 2022
    Haily Bordeaux says:
    Aunt Margaret was one of the toughest but gentlest little ladies that I new. She had a smile that lit up the room. Something that sticks with me is she was always so busy but never too busy to speak to you. When I say speak I mean pull you into her house, feed you, give you a life lesson, tell you about her day, ask you about yours, connect, and then send you on your way 3 hours later. It was amazing though. I wish I could connect to people like her. That’s how you reach people. That is exactly what she did. She reached everyone she came in contact with and touched their heart. Helping people however she could. This world needs the connection that she brought but I’m afraid it’s drizzling down to nothing. The way she lived her life could really teach all of us a lesson on how to live ours. Her mark has been made on many hearts including mine. One day we will see that smile again! Love you Aunt Margaret! Sending prayers to the whole family!

  • May 04, 2022
    Alice Hewitt Cooper says:
    She was a very special lady.

  • May 07, 2022
    Becky Christensen says:
    Aunt Margaret was always so full of energy and fun! She was always on the go and always had a story to tell! I have also enjoyed many of her wonderful meals. She would say “ if I had known you were coming I would have made something special” then proceed to whip out a beautiful meal. She was a generous spirit and will be missed. Our love and prayers to all the family.