Margaret Carver, Obituary


Margaret Wilkins Carver, 93, died peacefully on December 8, 2023. A Durham native born on November 17, 1930, she was the daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Moring Wilkins and Lyman Logan Wilkins, Sr. She was a graduate of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh 48HS/50C.

Those that knew Margaret longest and best and as “Skeelie” can attest to her expertise and love of cooking through gifts of delicious yeast rolls, cucumber sandwiches, cheese biscuits, boiled custard and peanut brittle. She loved music from Classical to Soul, Sinatra to a little Country and sang in the Epworth Methodist Church choir for many years.

With a love of fashion, Margaret enjoyed a career at The College Shop, the Tyler House as manager and Fine Feathers well into her 80’s. She was passionate about the color pink, ruffles, pearls, butterflies, her poodles and Dennis the Menace. Until recently, she enjoyed playing Bridge every Thursday and was always excited to celebrate her penny winnings!

Many kind messages to family have painted her as classy, adorable, gracious, smart, elegant and spicy; but most recently described as special, amazing, and a strong and determined lady. As an inspiration to others and a life well-lived, a friend said, “I want to be like her when I grow up!”

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lyman Logan Wilkins, Jr; former husband, Marvin J. Carver, Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Deborah Williamson Carver. With heavy hearts and left to cherish her memory are her children, Connie Carver Carter (Ken) of Wilmington, NC; Marvin J. Carver, III of Chapel Hill, NC; William S. Carver (Janet) of Rocky Mount, NC; and Jennett Carver Skipper (Alan) of Raleigh, NC. She was affectionately known as Meme/Mimi by her grandchildren, Kathleen Carter; Jeff Carver (Amanda); Barrett Carver Muth (Devin); Eva Skipper Jones (Austin); Emily Skipper; and great-grandchildren, Phoebe and Mabel Jones; and nieces, Susan Tandy Scheffler, Martha Young, Ibba Surface and nephew Lyman Logan Wilkins III.

The family is grateful for Vanna Russ, whose friendship and companionship allowed Margaret to live in the comfort of her home.

Her wishes for a celebration of life will be planned in the New Year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Durham Rescue Mission (

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