Margaret Moore Meador

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“what a beautiful quilt - I loved it. I enjoyed the tribute from Lora - you are tougher than me. great stories. It was good to see everyone again....Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Marietta Akers Buckner - WV

“Dear Family, So sorry to read of Margaret's passing. All of you bring back such good memories. But I didn't even know all your wonderful mother...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Betty Faulkner Atwood - Princeton, WV

“My condolences to the family of Margaret. She was such a help to me when I was a new Extension Agent. She would counsel without lecturing and could...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Sally Howard - Sutton, WV

“I will always cherish the time I spent as Margaret's Pastor and friend. We traveled to many meetings together in the county when I served as Pastor...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Rev. Nancy Cale - Clarksburg,, WV

“Dr. Moore, Mary and Family, My sympathy for the loss of your sister. She certainly was an accomplished lady and I am sure she will be greatly missed...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jane Ellen Horton - Raven, VA

“Mike, Please accept my most sincere condolences on your Mom's passing. Although it has been more than 3 decade's since we worked together, I still...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Swope - Pensacola, FL

“We are so sorry for your loss. It break our heart when we loss a loved one , and we truly loved Peggy, but we know that she is with God now. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Grace, Ruben y Tati - Friends

“Peggy has been a part of my life for nearly 50 years. Our families shared picnics and trips to the beach. As her daughter-in-law she encouraged my...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Grace Walrath - Piney Flats, TN

“My kindest regards to all members of the family of this wonderful professional. Reading Margaret's final tribute reminds me of the greatness of our...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Jack Johns - Morgantown, WV

“We are sorry for your loss. Margaret was a classy lady. She will be greatly missed. We are the family of her late cousin, Talmage "Ted" Moore. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Louise Moore & family - Dixie, WV

“Margaret influenced so many lives including mine and my mother's, Lois Gooch. Her knowledge that has been passed on from her selfless works will live...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Rebecca Gooch Manley - Walkertown, NC

“Aunt Maragret had such a way of making everyone feel welcomed and at home. I loved and felt joy in the home she made for her family. I loved how she...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Mills - Church Creek , MD

“So sorry for the family's loss. I worked with Margaret years ago at the WVU Extension Office and attended Carr Memorial Church with her. She was a...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Rita Woodring - Friend

“There was only one Aunt Margaret. I remember visiting her and Uncle Bob's house in Princeton for some great family get-togethers. She had the most...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Rob Moore - Big Stone Gap, VA

“I truly enjoyed visiting Aunt Margaret and will never forget all the wonderful food she used to make. She made some beautiful quilts for our...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Moore - Hillsborough, NC

“I met Margaret when I was 10 years old - through 4-H. I learned so much from her. I appreciate the life long friendship with her and her children....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Marietta Akers Buckner - friend


Margaret Moore Meador, a longtime resident of Mercer County, West Virginia, died at the age of 88 on November 2nd 2012 at a personal care facility in Asheville, North Carolina. She had been in declining health for many years. Margaret was a life-long educator for over fifty years. She was first a public school teacher in rural West Virginia. This passion for educating others culminated in her achieving the rank of tenured West Virginia University professor with national recognition. Mrs. Meador was born Margaret Alice Moore in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, WV on August 20, 1924 to parents Virgil Everett Moore and Lora Greer Moore. Her father was an employee of the C&O railroad and her mother a housewife. She attended public school in Fayette County and graduated in 1941, at the age of 16, from Hinton High School in Summers County, WV. She was able to attend college at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV by commuting daily 1 ½ hours each way by train from Hinton to Montgomery. She graduated from West Virginia Tech in 1945 as class valedictorian. Following graduation from college, Margaret taught briefly prior to her marriage on April 5, 1947 to Robert Price "Bob" Meador of Hinton, WV. Following their marriage, the young couple resided for a time in Montgomery while Bob completed his degree at West Virginia Tech. After his graduation, they moved briefly to Columbus Ohio and then relocated to Mercer County, WV where Bob found employment with the postal service. The couple settled in the Glenwood community, where they raised their three children. Mrs. Meador returned to teaching in 1953 and taught science and home economics in Tazewell County, Virginia and Mercer County, WV prior to her employment in 1963 with the West Virginia University Extension Service as the Home Economics Agent for Mercer County. As an extension agent, Margaret utilized a wide variety of teaching approaches. These included newsletters, public demonstrations and frequent appearances on local television and radio stations. For 25 years she wrote a weekly column for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph entitled "The Mountaineer Homemaker" in which she provided home making hints and recipes. By utilizing public broadcasting and newspapers Margaret was able to provide educational information to the citizens of Southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia for 25 years. In 1975, she achieved national recognition when she collaborated with three other Extension Home Economists to write the television series "Food Preservation". Margaret was selected to appear in each of the 10 ½ hour segments in which she demonstrated safe and effective techniques for the canning, freezing and drying of fruits, vegetables and meats. This series of programs was shown nationally for several years on Public Television. As an extension agent, Mrs. Meador created and maintained a large number of educational homemaker clubs in the various communities of Mercer County and was successful in recruiting many hundreds of women who participated in these groups. For over twenty five years she was busy visiting these clubs coordinating educational programs. In 1969 Margaret furthered her own education and received a Master's degrees in Extension Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. During her years as an extension agent, she served as vice-president of the National Extension Home Economics Association and was their representative to the board of directors of the National Journal of Extension. She received many state and national awards in recognition of her excellence as an extension educator. Although Margaret retired from the West Virginia University Extension Service in 1989 with the rank of tenured professor she continued as an educator in retirement. She had long held an interest in sewing and quilting and she expanded this interest by becoming a nationally certified quilt judge and quilt appraiser. She frequently taught classes in quilting in southern West Virginia and in 1990 she was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search, which documented information about more than 4,000 quilts made in the state before 1940. This large project was conducted over a 10 year period and created an opportunity for quilt owners to bring quilts to designated sites in West Virginia to have their quilts professionally photographed and then to record information about the quilt patterns and makers. The data gleaned from this important project was donated to the West Virginia State Archives. This project required corporate and public sponsorship and the recruitment of 100's of volunteers and Mrs. Meador was in the center of this coordinated effort. The culmination of the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search was the publication of the book "West Virginia Quilts and Quilt Makers "authored by Fawn Valentine. This book documented in color 159 of the most interesting quilts and included photographs of the quilt makers and a history of the quilts. Mrs. Meador was instrumental in obtaining funding for the publication of this work through the West Virginia Humanities Council and she wrote the preface for the book detailing the history of the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search Project. Mrs. Meador's retirement was very busy. She wrote articles that appeared in Goldenseal, West Virginia's magazine of culture and history. She volunteered as a tutor with the Mercer County Literacy Council where she taught adults how to read. She also found time to travel and to relax with her family and friends. She loved reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, playing the game Scrabble, and feeding her flock of wild birds in her backyard. In her "spare time" she was continuously sewing and quilting. For over 50 years Margaret was an active member of the Carr Memorial United Methodist Church in the Glenwood community, where she taught an adult Sunday school class and served on the church's Council on Ministries and Administrative Board. She daily lived the principles of her faith. Mrs. Meador was preceded in death by her husband Bob who died in 2003. She is survived by her two brothers Lt. Col Virgil Moore of Winchester, VA and Dr. Ernest Moore of Richlands, VA. She is

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