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Margaret Maria (Connelly) Mennear

January 15, 1931 ~ February 3, 2019 (age 88)

Margaret “Maggie” Mennear, 88, died on Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Pittsboro, NC. Born in Motherwell, Scotland, to the late Thomas and Mary Connelly, Margaret raised her family in Wantagh, NY, before moving to North Carolina after the death of her husband, Hurley M. Mennear, Jr., and retiring from her career as an executive assistant to the heads of such notable companies as British Travel Authority, Avis, Norton Simon, and Warnaco.

A consummate hostess, Maggie was renowned throughout Fearrington Village for her festive Robert Burns parties, her love of corgis, her recipe for vodka gimlets, and her lilting Scottish brogue. A stylish and classy lady, Margaret was a world traveler and avid reader who often volunteered in literacy programs at local schools.

In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by her sister Bonnie (“Bunty”) Devereaux and her great-grandson Ben Zettler. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Mennear and Shona Trimboli (Bud), seven beloved grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by us all.

A small gathering of remembrance will be held at Galloway Ridge on February 16. Her ashes will be interred at a later date in the family grave in Motherwell. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in her memory to Reading Is Fundamental (

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