Margaret Hughes Dopf



Margaret Hughes Dopf, 85 of Jacksonville, NC passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Margaret was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania to the late Jonas Hayman Hughes and Hylda Hughes. Her father helped establish coal miners who immigrated to that region. Her mother, from Wales, immigrated with her two brothers to the area. Margaret’s family later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania then Queens, New York.
Margaret graduated from Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York. After high school, she attended The Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City. Margaret's first job was in Washington, DC with the State Department. Her next duty station was Stockholm, Sweden working in the American Embassy where she met her husband Ray, a Marine Corps security guard. They were stationed to many bases across the country. In the 1960’s to 1970’s, Margaret continued to work at the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, medical offices in Lynchburg, VA and as the secretary at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, NC. In 1981, she returned to work for the State Department in Langley, VA and then transferred to Rome, Italy where she traveled extensively and enjoyed “la bella vita”.
Margaret’s passion was collecting antiques. Each piece was used in the home so as to enjoy the labors of the craftsmen who built them. She traveled through fine shops and attics alike to find treasures for her collection. Frequent antiquing companions were Ouida Taylor and Mary Anne Dopf. Several pieces in her collection reflect her Welsh heritage, a coal miner’s lamp and Gaudy Welsh pitchers. Margaret enjoyed listening to classical, jazz, big band music, watching old movies, detective shows, and sports games. UNC-TV broadcasted many hours of viewing she and Ray so enjoyed. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Ray of 60 years, Raymond E. Dopf. Survivors include her only daughter, and child Mary Anne Spinella (Ed) of Stafford; and three wonderful grandchildren Bryhannon, Eddie both of Alexandria and Caroline of Staunton.

A service will be held be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12 at Aquia Episcopal Church. The fmaily will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Coastal Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, North Carolina.