03/08/06 — SARAH McNAY

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Died Feb. 28, 2006

Sarah Smith "Betsy" McNay, 77, of Morehead City, died Tuesday after a brief illness and a courageous fight at Carteret General Hospital.

She was born and raises in Durham, N.C., to the late Royal Wright and Nettie Garner Smith. She retired from O'Berry Center in Goldsboro, and in recent years had spent all her waking moments dealing in antiques. Betsy truly loved Morehead City and calling it her home.

She was a wonderful wife, Mom, Grandma, and a true friend to many. She loved life and was known to all as such a wonderful, optimistic person. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and the beach, and in her time was quite the golfer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Billy" McNay, two brothers, Egbert and Chris Smith, and her son, Perry McNay.

She is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Thomas, Louise Dowling and Alice Thomas; four sisters-in-law, Donna Smith, Margaret Smith, Marge Jones, and Mrs. Cliff Garrard; two sons, Tim Knowles of Sanford and Tom McNay and wife Nancy of Boiling Springs; a daughter, Laura K. Tucker and husband Doug of Durham; four grandchildren, Greg Ferrell Jr. and wife Michelle, Jennifer F. Downey and husband Ray, Allen McNay, and Bonnie Reaves and husband, David; and four great-grandchildren, Josie and Noah Ferrell, Black Downey and Whitney Reaves.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. at The Train Depot, 1001 Arendell St., in downtown Morehead City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Carteret County, Carteret General Hospital Hospice Program, P.O. Box 1619, Morehead City, N.C., 28557; or to The Broad Street Clinic, (252) 726-4562.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on March 8, 2006 2:31 PM