Margaret S. Caldwell, 92, died in her daughter’s home in Chesapeake on September 19, 2010. Born April 8, 1918 in Augusta, GA, she was the daughter of the late Frank H. and Rhetta Pund Stelling, and wife of the late Dr. John D. Caldwell. She graduated from Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 1938. After marrying, she and her husband (back from World War II) moved to Florence, AL for a short while, then to Morristown, TN in the early 1950s. In 1956, she assisted in conducting a survey instrumental towards the development of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morristown. In the early 1960s she served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Mental Health Systems, now known as Cherokee Health Systems. Mrs. Caldwell taught the first class of L.P.N.s in east Tennessee and along with Anita Scott and Miriam Cantwell, she co-organized the first public facility for pre-school children of working mothers in the area, Morristown Hamblen Day Care Center.
In 1967, as president of The Ladies Reading Circle, she received the Shell Oil Company Award of Achievement for the Judson Hill School Project. She was awarded First Lady of Morristown in 1969 by Beta Sigma Phi for her volunteer work. In 1980 she received her certificate to teach reading to illiterate adults through Lakeway Literacy Council. One of her last endeavors was Secretary on the Board of Directors of Central Services, where she actively volunteered for years with the Food Pantry. She had a passion for her Lutheran heritage. She accomplished many goals in her pursuit of helping those less fortunate. She was a person of action and had a “can do” attitude.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Lana and her husband, Daniel of Chesapeake, VA; a grandson, Craig Lana of Chesapeake, VA; two great-granddaughters, Alexis and Celeste; a sister, Martha Christian and her husband, Dr. R.M. Christian of Fripp Island, SC; sisters-in-law, Ann Stelling of Castleberry, FL, and Hope Caldwell of Jefferson City, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, John Lana.
The family wishes to thank Odyssey Hospice for their care and compassion and special gratitude to Ashley Holl, her private-duty nurse. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2435 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown, TN 37814 or to Central Services Emergency Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, TN.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are being cared for by Family Choice Funerals and Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. The family would be pleased if you would share condolences via the online guestbook.Send Flowers
God bless you Margaret.
What an amazing woman . You’ve made a difference in my life and I will never forget you . Love and prayers Sharon
Grandma i miss you so much.you were a great woman,mother,wife and grandmother.You were always thinking of others before yourself.I will never forget the summers i spent with you when i was younger.You were such a great person and did so much for the community of Morristown.You will be greatly missed love your grandson Craig
What a beautiful life and a beautiful person. I was blessed to know her.
Aunt Margaret was one of the most kindhearted people I have ever known. It has been a few years since we last talked, but she always asked about our daughters and how they were doing…and Robin as well. She definitely lived by “The Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22)
You were an amazing woman and I was very honored to have had you in my life. The last 7 years that I have spent with you will always be a great memory to me. You were always there to listen to what I had to say and gave me great advice. I miss talking with you, I wish I had talked with you more frequently. You are a great role model to me and I do look up to you. You were an amazing woman who always did for others. You will always be in my heart and forever missed, I love you.
I was greatly saddened at hearing of Aunt Margaret’s passing. She was a wonderful person and I wish I had been able to see her more often than I did. Again, I am so sorry about your loss. Love, Tricia Stellling
Carolyn, the world lost a great woman; heaven just gained a truly great servant.
You mom really helped me so much when dad died and I’m sorry I didn’t ever get up to visit her. You and your family are in my prayers. I know Margaret’s up there with your dad and son. And they’re all happy.
Love and peace,
Miss Margaret was truly a wonderful and very special lady. She is missed by all of her church family. She was loved by all of us.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Debbie and David Sweany – members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
So many wonderful memories of your precious Mother. She poured her heart into our church and into the lives of all the people. She is very loved by all the Lowe’s and Mitchell’s and all the family will always be in our hearts. I started a memorial on Good Shepherd facebook. God’s comfort and peace.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Ms. Margaret was a wonderful person. Growing up in the church with her, learning from her and admiring her are things that I will cherish. She was an inspiration to so many.She will be sorely missed. God’s peace to you all. Sincerely,
Theron, Ann, Charlie, Ryan Conklin
I will never forget the first moment I stepped into Good Shepherd, when our family was greeted by Margaret in one of her smart hats. Margaret was definitely a “little Christ” in her walk, and I am a better person because of her. Good Shepherd will never be the same without you. God bless you, Margaret.
What a beautiful obit – Ms Miram was my moms best friend and I was around her all my life. She was my dad’s
private nurse after his heart attack….small world
Hang in there !
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. And I so wish I had known and could have been there for you. I know how difficult it was for you being alone in Morristown. My heart goes out to you. For 15 years after Dad died, Mom and I talked at least once a week – typically more than than. So I truly understand how you feel. For me, I’m fortunate in that Liz and I started the same “tradition” while Mom was sick and we talk every week – regardless. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Ms. Margaret holds such a special place in my heart. She has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. I feel so privilaged to have been apart of her life. She is the true meaning of a leader, and more importantly a friend. She will truely be missed. Thank you to the Lana family, Carol you have also made a huge impact on my life and I am lucky to call you my friend. I love you Ms. Margaret and Lana Family.
Ashley Holl aka Weslee
Dear Carol and family,
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. May God bless you all.