Margaret Louise Ince (nee Foy) was born on the 19th of March 1937 to (the late) Samuel Foy and Vickie Foy Berry (nee Greene) in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was the third of six children and spent her early years in North Carolina. By the age of sixteen, she called Harlem, New York City home. Margaret, from an early age, wanted to be a nurse. After completing high school for nursing, she attended the Albany Medical College Nursing program. Later, Margaret furthered her education obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Margaret had a long career in the field of nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at city hospitals, including Harlem Hospital, for several years. She then advanced her professional life in nursing obtaining certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Margaret worked as a CRNA at Bellevue Medical Center and completed a lengthy career at State University of New York Medical Center Downstate. In her last role at Downstate before retirement, she served as Director of the Nursing Anesthesia Program.
Margaret was a devout Methodist, and volunteered much of her time and energy to serving the Lord through her church. At Hanson Place Central U.M.C., Margaret was an active member of the United Methodist Women, and participated in many groups and committees at the local and regional levels. After retiring from nursing, she furthered her dedication to the church by obtaining certification as a Diaconal Minister in the U.M.C. She served Hanson Place for many years, dedicating much of her work to the youth and spearheading the creation of a Food Pantry. As she retired from the ministry, she continued to supervise and mentor candidates. Helping others was Margaret’s calling, and she did so with a warm and loving heart.
Margaret was an avid reader. Her interests were broad -- novels and stories, biographies and Bible commentaries. She was regularly reading several books at a time. She also loved to serve others. From her life as a young woman through to the months she spent at an assisted living residence outside of Washington, DC, her life was marked by a steady beat of putting others’ needs ahead of her own. This service of love often took the form of cooking delicious food and filling people’s bellies! Whether it was at her home for family, friends and neighbors, or at the church for events, countless people’s taste buds were satisfied through her culinary care.
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Lord called Margaret Ince home to her heavenly rest. She was predeceased by her husband Irwyn, Sr., and siblings: Nathaniel, Melvin and Lawrence. She leaves behind to celebrate her life, her children: Irwyn, Jr. and Leslie; daughter-in-law Kim; grandchildren: Jelani, Nabil, Zakiya and Jeremiah; siblings: John and Lula; sisters-in-law: Louise and Pauline; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Margaret was a model of faith, altruism, beauty and most of all … LOVE.
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