Margaret Bunn Moss

Passed away on January 21, 2021

Margaret McLeod Bunn Moss passed away peacefully of natural causes at age 94 on January 21, 2021 at her residence at The Rosewood Health Center (The Cypress) in Raleigh, NC. She was born in Washington, DC to Jackson Howard Bunn, Sr. and Grace McLeod Bunn but primarily grew up in her father’s idyllic hometown of Zebulon, with frequent visits to her mother’s hometown of Elizabethtown. Margaret was graduated from Meredith College and, like her parents, had a distinguished career in education, including 12 years at Wake Forest Elementary School and 16 years at Ravenscroft School. She was best known for her special ability to teach first-graders the joys of reading, which many of her former students recall to this day. Her teaching colleagues have said that she was a role model and a mentor, and for many of her students, she was an inspiration to become a teacher.

Margaret will be remembered mostly for her Southern graciousness and for her love of family and friends. She treasured many dear friendships in Zebulon, at Meredith College, in Youngsville, Wake Forest, Raleigh, Atlantic Beach, and throughout the state. She enjoyed the fellowship that comes with playing bridge and also her many trips throughout the country and the world with family and friends. She particularly loved her one-on-one special trips with her grandchildren when they were 10 years old, which included memorable adventures to Washington, DC, the Colorado Rockies, Alaska, London, Paris, and New York City. She was the founding president of the Woman’s Club of Youngsville in 1955, and as an avid reader, she was the founding president of the Epicurean Book Club in Raleigh. She was an active member and volunteer at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and previously of First Presbyterian Church and Youngsville Baptist Church, and she also was a volunteer at the NC Museum of Art, the NC Symphony, and Rex Hospital. She enjoyed a variety of crafts, including scrapbooking, painting, knitting, crochet, and needlepoint (she surprised herself when her only entry at the NC State Fair—a needlepoint pillow—won a blue ribbon). And no one ever loved a Snoopy’s hot dog all the way and Goodberry’s vanilla in a cup more than she.

Margaret is survived by three sons, Jim (Susan), Bill (Mary), and David; seven grandchildren, Kristy Rogers (Spencer), Jody Ransom (Bryan), Elizabeth Allen (Davis), William Moss (Chailee), John Moss (Beth), Alex Moss, and Caroline Moss; ten great-grandchilden, Carson and Libby Rogers; Titus, Salathiel, Sydney, and Greta Ransom; Louisa, Flora, and Henry Moss; and Emma Moss; and sister-in-law Janelle Smith Bunn and her family. She was predeceased by her parents, by her brother, Jackson Howard Bunn, Jr., and by her husband of almost 40 years, James Thomas Moss, Sr.

A private interment will take place at Zebulon Town Cemetery, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express their appreciation to her caregivers at The Rosewood and The Cypress, and in lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Youngsville Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 122, Youngsville, NC 27597; Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh NC 27615; White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608; or the charity of your choice.

Services by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.


  • Youngsville Woman’s Club
  • Ravenscroft School
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church


  • A private interment will take place at Zebulon Town Cemetery, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


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Jenny Rogers (Nuckles)

January 31, 2021

Mrs. Moss was my first grade teacher, and she was such a sweet and kind lady. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with your family. I had the privilege of beginning my teaching career, teaching first grade in the same classroom.

Betty Trotter Bouldin

January 28, 2021

With treasured memories of Margaret, and with deep sympathy for all of the special Moss Family,

Marriott Little

January 27, 2021

Margaret has been a friend since 1970 when she was my son’s first grade teacher. He loved her and so did I. I am sending my sincerest condolences to all of her family, especially David, her son, and Mary, her daughter in law.

Juanita Whitehead

January 27, 2021

Your dear Mother, Margaret, welcomed me to the Blenheim neighborhood (Raleigh, NC) and she was extremely caring and kind. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Nita Whitehead

Katelyn Paul

January 26, 2021

What a wonderful testament to what surely sounds like an amazing life. Thinking of all the Moss family right now and brainstorming how I can be more like Margaret! :-)

Grace Hancock

January 25, 2021

I met Margaret Moss on the first day I started teaching at Ravenscroft School in 1984. She welcomed me with open arms and quickly started asking me questions about my teaching experience. As soon as I told her I had taught a few years at Zebulon Elementary School before going to graduate school, we were best buddies! Except for the few students I had taught in Zebulon, I knew no one else who even knew there was a Zebulon, NC! Margaret took me under her wing that day and I loved her from that moment on.
Along with many others, I send the family my love and thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Moss. ❤️

Ginny Johnson

January 25, 2021

I surely -Loved my chats with Margaret - She was a wonderful supporter of local business in NC. Her kindness will be for ever missed - I've been blessed all the years to have known Such a lovely lady -

My prayers and thoughts are with all the family through these difficult times -

Carolyn Everett

January 25, 2021

Margaret was such a wonderful friend and colleague. I will always remember her sweet smile, her soft voice, and that special twinkle in her eyes. I know her memory will be cherished by the many, many students who were lucky enough to have her as their first grade teacher and by the many friends who loved her throughout her life. Sending my love to her dear family.
Carolyn Everett

James Holding

January 24, 2021

Mrs. Moss was my first grade teacher at Wake Forest Elementary. I'll never forget her warm, sweet, patient disposition. May her sons and families find comfort knowing the many lives, not just school children, who were touched by knowing her!

Emily Procter

January 23, 2021

Mrs. Moss was absolutely one of my very favorite people.
As a young girl at Ravenscroft I remember her kind, happy and welcoming presence at school. As an adult Mrs. Moss remained
this same uplifting presence when we would run into each other.
Her spirit was unchangeable and remarkable. She will be missed by many.

with kindness, Emily