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