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Madeleine Homer Byrum McNatt, 95, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
She was born to the late Milton Homer Byrum and Inez Madeline Hoffler Byrum on Jan. 29, 1918, in Sunbury, N.C. Madeleine graduated as valedictorian from Sunbury High School in 1935, and received a bachelor's degree in history and English from East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University) in 1939. She received a master's degree in education in school librarianship from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1968.
She married the late Charles Daniel McNatt in 1941. After Charles was honorably discharged from the Army at the end of World War II, they moved to Winston-Salem to raise their family.
She taught English at Stedman High School in North Carolina and at Griffith High School in Winston-Salem. Her love of books led her to become the librarian at Griffith Junior High, a position she held for 25 years until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary organization of women educators.
Madeleine moved to Fredericksburg in 2012.
She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, was church librarian and was an active member of Circle 6.
Madeleine was a long-time member of the Old Town Women's Club, and a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a fantastic Southern cook and enjoyed flower arranging and reading. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her sister, Emily Byrum Oliver of Fredericksburg; two sons, Charles Milton McNatt andwife Trudy Brown McNatt of Fredericksburg and James Daniel McNatt and wife Donna Dragon McNatt of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Heather Lynn McNatt of Charlotte, N.C., Regan Allison McNatt Sebring and husband Scott Hadley Sebring of Olympia, Wash., James Daniel McNatt Jr. of Berkeley, Calif., and Alexandra Margaret McNatt of New York City; and two great-grandchildren, Quinn Riley Sebring (age 3) and Natalie Renee Sebring (age 1).
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Frank Vogler and Sons in Winston-Salem. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at First Presbyterian Church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to Beulah Baptist Church, 967 U.S. 158, Sunbury, NC 27979; or to the Women of the Church, First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.