Margaret Shinn Obituary (1930-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Shinn, Margaret Anne Hagedorn

September 1, 1930 – September 8, 2021

Greensboro – Margaret Anne “Peggy” Hagedorn Shinn died on September 8, 2021.

A funeral service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Monday, September 13th at 11:00 AM. He is buried in Westminster Gardens Cemetery.

Peggy was born on Labor Day, September 1, 1930, in Flushing, NY, to Otto Hagedorn and Anne Katherine Pollack Hagedorn. She graduated from Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in New York City and worked as a nurse before she married. She married Charles Dayvault “Charlie” Shinn on October 8, 1955 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The couple moved to Greensboro in 1963. They were the parents of three daughters, Nancy, Allison and Miriam. The year Nancy went to college, Peggy began earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received an advanced training scholarship for women, which she graduated in 1977 with a major in English and a minor in library studies. She called herself a “well-read nurse”. Charlie died on March 25, 2005 shortly after they moved to Friends Homes in Guilford.

As a nurse, Peggy enjoyed working with elderly patients in senior communities. She worked as an RN at Whitestone, A Masonic & Eastern Star Community, Friends Homes in Guilford and Friends Homes West and eventually retired from Well-Spring in 2007.

She is survived by her daughters: Nancy Shinn Highfill and husband Jim of Georgia; Allison Shinn Dalton and her fiancé Mark Evans are from Liberty, North Carolina; and Miriam Shinn Forbis and her husband Patrick are from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is also survived by her beloved “big ones”: Margaret Lauren Highfill Williams and husband Josh; Lisa Anne Highfill and husband David Norbery; Ashley Megan Morgan; Kevin Spenser Shinn and wife Dora; Katerina Dare Forbis; Whitney Dayvault Forbis and Logan Lee Forbis and four “great grandparents”. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded by her brother Walter Hagedorn and her grandson Christopher Brandon Shinn in death.

Commemorative donations can be made to: Helpanon Fund at Christ United Methodist Church (410 N. Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410); the Resident Assistance Fund at Friends Homes in Guilford (925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410) or Greensboro Urban Ministry (305 West Lee Street, Greensboro, NC 27406-1240).

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Forbis & Dick N. Elm Street Chapel supports the Shinn family.

Published by Greensboro News & Record September 11-12, 2021.

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