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Leavitt Funeral Home
Saturday August 14th, 2021

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Nancy McQuague Cornwell

WADESBORO – Mrs. Nancy McQuague Cornwell, 88, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021 at her home. There will be a memorial service at 11:00am Saturday, August 14, 2021 in the Chapel of Leavitt Funeral Home with Dr. Harry Workman officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. The family respectfully requests for all who are in attendance to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Inunrment will be private in Eastview Cemetery. Nancy was born December 16, 1932, in Anson County, NC and was a daughter of the late William Zebulon McQuague and the late Lucy Flake Sullivan McQuague. She was a 1951 graduate of Wadesboro High School and a graduate of Women’s College in Greensboro, which is now UNCG. She had a long and successful career in advertising and marketing and continued that work after she and her husband moved to Wadesboro in 1988. Later, she would renovate their home and own and operate Sullivan Place Bed and Breakfast. Nancy, a true southern hostess was an excellent inn keeper. Sullivan Place, with her gift of decorating and being an amazing cook, has been the chosen venue for many weddings, luncheons, bridge clubs, family reunions, class reunions and any necessary family or social gathering for more than 30 years. Nancy was also an accomplished artist. Her best-known work was the painting, “Flower Ladies” which she painted in Chapel Hill of the ladies making flowers on the sidewalks in town. This was in 1967. Her children remember this well, as they sat with her while she was painting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Abner Milton Cornwell, Jr. and her sisters, Correne Whatley and Roxaline “Roxie” Stiles. Surviving are her children, Nancy Winker and husband, Guyton of Rutherfordton, NC and A. Milton Cornwell, III and wife, Kathryn of St. Louis, MO; her grandchildren, Rebecca Spring and husband, Adam of Lilburn, GA, Anna Alley and husband, Robert and Joseph Winker and wife, Sydney all of Charlotte, NC, Abner Milton Cornwell, IV and fiancé, Ellen Dieckmann of St. Louis, MO, and Charles Cornwell of Longmont, CO; her great-granddaughter, Ella Jane Winker, and her sister, Patricia Lackey of Winston-Salem, NC. Nancy’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to those who helped to make her life of independence possible and worked with her at Sullivan Place for so many years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Sound System Fund, P.O. Box 423, Wadesboro, NC 28170, to Anson County Arts Council, P.O. Box 332, Wadesboro, NC 28170 or the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, 5770 U.S. Highway 52 North, Wadesboro, NC 28170 or to the Anson Historical Society, 206 E. Wade St., Wadesboro, NC 28170. The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at www.leavittfh.com

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I first met Nancy when I traveled South from my home in Boston, MA. We became friends and I stayed with her several times. We enjoyed Thanksgiving day together last year. She had suffered so much and yet we enjoyed our visits and she was so welcoming to me. I will never forget her. Its a shock to me to hear that shes gone and my condolences go out to her family who she spoke of with great love. She was so thrilled to see her little great grandchild this past year. I loved her and look forward to eternity with her when there will be no more suffering and pain. I wish I could be there today for the Memorial service, but alas, Im stuck in Boston for now. My regards to Diane who I know is grieving the loss of Nancy. Cathy Pratt Dwiggins

Cathy Pratt Dwiggins Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

What a beautiful story and I am so glad you shared it.

Cathy Pratt Dwiggins Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Cornwell

Elizabeth Watts Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

Nancy was a beautiful lady in every sense of the word. She will be missed.

Bill and Joanne Huntley Aug 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Cornwell

Bill and Joanne Huntley Aug 13 2021 12:00 AM

"Miss Nancy" was a very special lady. She will be missed.

Onnie Gregory Aug 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Cornwell

Onnie Gregory Aug 12 2021 12:00 AM

Were it not for Ms. Cornwell, I don't believe I would have ever gone to college much less earned a Bachelors and Masters degree. In 1989 after graduating from high school, I was excited about the possibility of going to college. I had done what I thought I needed to do to get accepted and begin my college experience. When I showed up for orientation, I learned that I didn't have enough financial aid to cover both tuition and housing...I was devastated. I cried all the way home from Greensboro with my mother trying to comfort and encourage me along the way. I was so discouraged that I decided that college just wasn't in the cards for me, and that there was nothing wrong with getting a job in my small community and earning an honest living, so that is what I did, I started a job making minimum wage in a local hosiery mill. In the fall of that same year, I painfully watched as all of my highschool friends prepared to head off to college...some going to the same college where just months earlier I'd had my dreams crushed. Yet, I still cheered them on and wished them the best. A few weeks later, I was at home...feeling lost and depressed. There I was, had graduated from high school with honors and couldn't go to college because quite honestly, coming from a single parent home, we didn't have the money. In walks my aunt (who at the time worked for Ms. Cornwell) to tell me that Ms. Cornwell had randomly asked her if she know anyone that would be interested in attending the local community college, she was offering to pay full tuition and books. My aunt told her that she had a niece who had tried to get into college but it didn't work out and that perhaps I would be interested. Of course I accepted her generous offer without hesitation! It was her generous gift to a young, small town girl whom she had never even met that set me on the path to higher education, career advancement and success. I did eventually meet Ms. Cornwell and she continued to support and encourage me to reach for higher heights. I have often thought about her and how her beautiful and generous spirit literally changed my life. I will never forget what she did for me. My thoughts and prayers are with her family as they have suffered a tremendous lost of an incredibly kind and benevolent woman.

Cynthia Redfearn Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers - With Sympathy,

Tribute Store Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

My dear Nancy, what a life! Thank you for your friendship to my family over the years. It was a blessing to have you and your family as across street neighbors while growing up. Rest in peace my friend.

Tommy Taylor Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

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