Margaret Anne Poe

February 15, 1936January 9, 2021

Margaret Shaneyfelt Poe, 84, of Oak Island, North Carolina, passed away on January 9, 2021.

She was known as “Marg/Auntie Marg” to her family, “Meg” to her North Carolina friends, and “Ms. Poe” to the many students she taught over the years. She was born in Aurora, Nebraska, in February 1936, to the late Lyle and Peggy Shaneyfelt. In 1953, Margaret graduated from Aurora High School as the valedictorian of her class. In 1957, she graduated summa cum laude from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship during her final semester, which allowed her to teach mathematics at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, in 1957 and 1958. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of New York (Albany) in 1969.

Margaret had a stellar career as a mathematics teacher and a unique ability to make math understandable for her students. She first taught in Racine, Wisconsin, where she met her husband of 43 years, Gene Poe. They married in 1964. She also taught in Bornova, Turkey, after being awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant, and in Latham, New York. In 1974, she and her husband relocated to Oak Island. She then taught at South Brunswick High School until her retirement in 1994. During her time at South Brunswick, she was twice named Teacher of the Year and was honored with a scholarship fund established in her name to recognize her superior teaching skills. She also initiated AP calculus and computer programming courses at the school. Margaret had high expectations for her students and had a profound impact on them, giving them skills used throughout their lives. Former students routinely thanked her for all she had done for them, noting they learned so much in her classes.

Margaret was an avid reader. She also loved the ocean and the beach, watching classic movies, playing cards with dear friends, and spoiling her beloved dog, Sadie. She selflessly helped others in need and was always willing to give guidance and share her knowledge with friends and family, who she cherished. Although she never had children of her own, she was devoted to her nieces and nephews and never missed a birthday or the opportunity to spend time with them and their children. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Zaruba, of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister-in-law, Mary Miller of Omaha; as well as nine nieces and nephews, their spouses, and her great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dick and Roger Shaneyfelt, as well as her husband, Gene Poe.

A celebration of life will be held in the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Matthew’s Ministry in Southport or to Disabled American Veterans.

Online condolences may be made to

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


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Arlene (Douglas) Austin

January 26, 2021

I don't remember when we first met, we were babies in the nursery at the United Brethren church in Aurora, Nebraska. We were close best friends from there to elementary school, junior high, senior high in Aurora . And then we were roommates for four years at Hastings College, Hastings Nebraska. We did everything together for those 20 years including summer work in Colorado and Missouri. After we both taught high school in different places, we were in each others weddings. Then there were many years we lost track of each other as we both moved on with our lives until just a few months ago when we connected through Facebook. It was wonderful, though too late. We realized we at that point just lived a days drive from each other, she in North Carolina and I in Tennessee. The Covid pandemic kept us apart. Bob and I were just waiting to get our inoculations to be able to travel to see her.
Our sympathy is with you Sue and family.

Jack and Betty Oldham

January 25, 2021

What a nice Lady she was.I always enjoyed talking with her on the beach. Our condolences to the Family.

Karen Naramore

January 17, 2021

Margaret Ann was my cool older cousin. She was always an adventurer, having lived overseas to fulfill teaching positions and later living on an island near the ocean with a great view from her house.
Margaret Ann was always pleasant and a joy to be around. I did not get to see her a lot but always had fun when I did get to spend time with her.

Pauline Hankins

January 15, 2021

I was privileged to have Mrs. Poe as my Calculus teacher in 1985. She gave me the foundation that I needed to pursue a degree in Engineering from N C State and the ability to master the math portion of the SAT that led to a Scholarship. She impacted all of our lives teaching us not only math skills but self-discipline and life skills, i.e. getting to class before the bell rung and paying attention in class. She was a blessing indeed. To the family, God bless! Judge Pauline Hankins

Donna Poole Shadid

January 15, 2021

To the family, I am truly sorry for your lose. Mrs. Poe was my teacher for 2 years in the mid 70's. She was one of the "good people". She was devoted to her students to the extent of being a gem, "rare and valuable".
Mrs. Poe was the BEST teacher I ever had, and if anyone asked me it's without hesitation! She was able to handle her classroom without reservation and DID! Yes I did see a few get sent to the principal's office. LOL!
The world has lost a remarkable person, but heaven has gained an angel.
Again my condolences to her family as she was truly a wonderful teacher and person.
Donna Poole Shadid

Maxine Elliott

January 15, 2021

Meg was my dear friend for more than the past 20 years. She was fun-loving and energetic, joining me in weekly dance and aerobics classes, until her health challenges slowed her down. Her kindness, generosity and concern for others never waivered. Family was very important to her and she never missed family milestone events, undaunted when they required travel to Nebraska, Chicago or California. She flew to Nebraska often to visit with her parents, spending time with them and making sure all their needs were being met. After her husband Gene passed away, she drove to Southern Pines at least once a month to spend a few days with her mother-in-law. She never lost her love of teaching and long after her retirement she enjoyed tutoring children who needed help; sometimes they were children of her former students. No matter where we went - shopping, to the movies or a restaurant, someone would come up with a big smile on their face and say, "Hi Mrs. Poe." Her former students seemed happy to see her many years after they were in her classroom and she usually remembered who they were. When I flew to California often to visit family she never minded taking me to the airport in Wilmington, even when it meant she had to get up at 4 in the morning. She would bring me a bag full of my favorite Snickerdoodle cookies from a freshly baked batch. She wanted to be sure I had a snack for the long flight. She enjoyed baking and would make one of her delicious pound cakes for me on my birthday. She was a kind and caring friend, always checking in on me even when she was not feeling well. I will miss my dear friend Meg.

Lisa Daniel Bridges

January 13, 2021

I’m so sad to hear of the passing of such a great teacher, Mrs Poe. We all have such memories of our times in Mrs Poe’s class!!! At times she scared me with her knowledge of math, one class I was not very good at. I did pass her classes, barely! A few years ago Mark and I had the opportunity to repair a seat in her car. I was so happy she remembered me! God bless her, we loved you❤️

jennifer Kenney Spencer

January 13, 2021

Mrs. Poe was a wonderful teacher, too bad that at the time, with me as a student, I didn’t appreciate it very much. While having her for my Geometry teacher, we discovered that I transposed numbers and have dyslexia. She rode me hard and taught me many lessons... one being that I had to retake Geometry the next yr. Later in our lives, I met up with her again. We would laugh and she’d hug me and tell me it’s only a failure if you quit and not continue to try. She was truly a wonderful Lady and honestly would do anything in her means for anyone. As an adult she told me to call her “Meg”, even though 20 plus yrs had passed since I was her student, I still couldn’t bring myself to do that, so we settled on Ms. Meg. One of the greatest joys was being able to introduce her to my daughter that has always been a whiz at math. Ms. Meg loved it and winked at me and said to my daughter that she was so happy that she loved math, and encouraged to achieve whatever goals in life she set out to achieve. She truly was a teacher in life, as well in the classroom. I am so saddened by her passing. I am also so proud to have known her, and to have been one of her many students. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and friends, as well as all of us that were lucky enough to have her for a teacher. ♥️♥️

Donna Davis Little

January 13, 2021

Mrs. Poe comes to mind when I think about a teacher that made an impact on my life...I was privileged to have Mrs. Poe as teacher at SBHS in 85 and 86. She helped me tremendously, and her teaching methods not only helped me understand, but led me to enjoy math. She is one of the reasons I chose to teach math and love it. My condolences to Mrs. Poe's family. Thanks for years of sharing her with so many students.

Mary Miller

January 13, 2021

Marg was a very special friend to me. A great teacher with the knowledge to successfully pass to her students. She enjoyed life, family, and returned as often as possible to Nebraska. I miss her and enjoyed all the times we could be together.