Margaret Dean Edwards

Sunrise: March 17, 1927

Sunset: September 16, 2023
Margaret Dean Edwards peacefully transitioned from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  Born in Louisburg, North Carolina to Andrew Dean and Mary Williams, she was predeceased by her parents, husband, Haymon Lee Edwards, son, Harold D. Dean, and 10 siblings.
Margaret moved to Norfolk, Virginia to join her sisters seeking better employment.  She worked several jobs before she was employed with Norfolk Public Schools, never missing a day, until her retirement in June 1992.
Margaret accepted Christ at an early age.  She joined Mount Carmel Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the late Reverend Pippins.  She was a member of various ministries in the church including the Ushers Ministry and the Seniors Ministry. On September 18, 2016, Bishop Russell named her The Mother of the Church during the morning worship service.  It was an honor that she cherished.  She truly loved her Bishop and her church family.
While raising her children, Margaret welcomed everyone to her home that was always filled with love and laughter.  She loved to cook and was known to feed all her children’s friends.  Everyone wanted to come to her home to eat some of “Miss Margaret’s food!”
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Sylvia D. Lawson (Mark), and Portia DeMary; son, Jeral L. Dean (Renee); daughter-in-law, Vivian Dean; six granddaughters, Jonita Michelle Rios, Markita Heard (Kevin), NaShay DeMary, NaTina DeMary, Meghan Albert (Chris), and Victoria Dean; grandsons, Edward DeMary, Jr., Eric DeMary, Jamie Dean (Amber), and Cameron Dean; 14 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; special nephew, Eddie Dean; special niece, Janice Ruffin; special adopted daughter, Viola Phillips; and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Viewing Sunday, September 24, 2023 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia Celebration of Life Monday, September 25, 2023 11:00 AM New Mount Carmel Baptist Church 1100 Church Street Norfolk, Virginia Laid To Rest Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, Virginia

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    Melinda, Harris – Peoples says

    What a lovely, lovely lady.

    Sylvia and Markita, I share in your grief and will continue to pray for you and your family.

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    Saundra L. Bethea-Pegues says

    Sending my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Praying for God’s peace, comfort, and courage and sending love and hugs during this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time. Ms. Margaret was a very sweet woman of God and will truly be missed.

    I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.

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    DDARCELINE Harris& family says

    Sincere condolences to you, Portia & Sylvia & family for the death of your beloved Mother .
    Earth hath no sorrow that heaven can not Heal…

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    Mary Holloway says

    To the family. We are so sorry for your loss. The death of a love one can be extremely difficult to cope with. Many have found comfort in the promise found there at Acts 24:15. There it speaks about the Resurrection. Do draw comfort in the promise found there and please know you and your family will be in our prayers…MaryAnn

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    Rhonda Taylor Smith says

    My condolences to you for the loss of your wonderful mother. There is no loss like it and I pray for comfort and the reassurance that you will see her again in glory.

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    Dr. Peggie Johnson Robertson says

    To my dear friend Sylvia. Know that God will grant you peace and comfort because you were a dedicated loving daughter who did everything for your mother. Ed and I love you and will continue to pray for you and your family during this time.

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    Juanita Holley says

    To the Dean family,
    My condolences to all of you. I have enjoyed many happy times with Mrs Margaret. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to see and speak with her recently. I love you all.

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      Yvonne H Wiggins says

      Praying for you and your family during this difficult time, May God give you peace and comfort ❤️

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    Kay Speights says

    My sincere condolences to Sylvia and family. May God grant you peace and comfort.

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    Emily Land and Eugene Hester says

    Sylvia and Portia, we share our love for you and the family during this very difficult time. Hold close in your hearts the precious memories of the times you shared throughout your lives together. Just know that God will give you everything you need now and in the days to come. Keep on trusting and serving Him.

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    Deaconess Kimberly Davis, SCBC says

    Sleep in heavenly peace 🌹

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    Carolyn Saunders says

    My condolences to Portia and Sylvia and family for your loss. Asking God to keep you in His faithful love and comfort you with cherished memories you hold so dear.

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Sylvia, deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family in the passing of your dear mother. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time.

    Estherine J. Harding, NSU Retiree
    Life member, NSUAA, Chesapeake Chapter
    2016 NSU Distinguished Alumna; AKA, Inc. Soror

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