Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Margaret Gail Scheele

November 10, 1942July 30, 2020

Margaret Gail Smith Scheele, 77, of New Bern, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 30, 2020 surrounded by her loving husband and four daughters. Margaret was born on November 10, 1942 in Central Falls, RI. She was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Mildred Dunbar Smith. Margaret is survived by her husband of 55 years; Paul Joseph Scheele, four daughters; Debbie (Kris) Minanov of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Linda (Chuck) Scheele of Gibsonville, NC, Cindy (Frank) Potter of Raleigh, NC and Kelly (Tim) Corder of Raleigh, NC and six grandchildren; Karstan, Nikolas, Markus, Grafton, Bryce, and Margaret Ann, her sister; Lois Smith Lyle of Rhode Island and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her sister; Doris Smith Bagley of New Bern and her brother; John Smith of Smithfield, RI.

Margaret and her family moved to New Bern in 1973. She was a stay at home mom who spent countless hours volunteering at her daughters’ schools over the years. Margaret received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer of the Year as well as numerous NBCC Volunteer Heart Awards. She was an avid supporter of the New Bern Senior High School Band and served as the Band Club President for a number of years as well as the Drill Team Advisor. In 1983 Margaret decided to reenter the work force and was a long time employee at the New Bern Urology Clinic. After retiring Margaret and Paul loved to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. They spent countless hours at the hockey rink, on the sidelines at lacrosse and soccer games and eventually ended up at dance competitions as a Dance Grandma and PaPa. Margaret’s family was her pride and joy.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 7th at 11am at the New Bern Memorial Cemetery. For the safety and well being of all who attend services, guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org.

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the Scheele family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com


7 August

Graveside Service

11:00 am

New Bern Memorial Cemetery


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Kim Miller

August 5, 2020

Ms. Margaret was a very special lady and she leaves behind a wonderful legacy with so many cherished memories. We always enjoyed seeing her at the soccer games and know it meant a lot to the boys having her there. We are so very sorry - she will be greatly missed.

Kim, Craig & Justin Miller

Vickie Creeger

August 3, 2020

To Paul and all the Scheele family, you have my deepest sympathy. I only met Gail a few times here in Indiana, and was always so impressed by her wit and personality. I know she will be missed, God bless her and all of you

Denise Lange

August 3, 2020

Mrs. Scheele was like a second mama to me in college and beyond. She always made me feel like one of her "girls". I was heartbroken to hear of her passing. However, after hearing the details, she departed on her terms, with her timing... which is so appropriate. She will be missed by so many and she was deeply loved.

Darryl Miller

August 2, 2020

We were so sorry to hear about Margaret's passing. What a beautiful tribute to her life and the love she and her family shared.

We are close friends and neighbors with Cindy and Frank. We met Margaret and Paul on numerous occasions. We didn't know about Margaret's passion for volunteering, however now we know where Cindy gets her passion to volunteer. Cindy is one of the most giving and gracious people we know and we are sure Margaret must have been extremely proud of her.

May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Darryl, Michelle, Kyle and Ava Miller

Cheryl Houchens

August 2, 2020

Margaret was always fun to be around when we had opportunities to see her. She was a wonderful lady who clearly adored her children and grandchildren. We know she will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt condolences, Paul and Cheryl (Potter) Houchens

Lynne Potter

August 2, 2020

From the moment Frank and Cindy married, Margaret treated us with love. We felt like we were part of one big Scheele family. She was always gracious, kind and fun to be around. She will be greatly missed. Frank and Lynne

Sheila Novak

August 2, 2020

one of the sweetest woman I had pleasure to work with and great person that loved everyone.Her family was #1 and her grandkids were her pride.Condolences to Paul and the girls she will truly be missed.

Dana Rideout

August 2, 2020

Mrs. Scheele was a special lady from the day we met her. Paul and Margaret were our extended family through Cindy. She will be missed by many. Lots of love to the entire Scheele family from the Rideout family.

Linda Thornton

July 31, 2020

Margaret was a great lady! I have so many wonderful memories of her, especially those connected to her husband and daughters. While Earth may have lost a good soul, heaven has gained an angel. Much love and sympathy, Linda Thornton


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