Marjorie Ellen Naylor Muegge (Maggie to her many, many friends), died on February 26, 2023, after a brief illness. She was 79 years old.
Born in Detroit, MI, November 14, 1943 to Irby and Dorothy Naylor, she grew up in Aroney, Alabama, where she attended Crossville High School (Class of ‘61). After graduation, she attended Jacksonville State University, studying business administration (Class of ‘65). While there she was also a majorette with the college marching band. After college, she moved to Atlanta where she worked for the Alliance and FOX Theatre’s. Later she moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked as a commercial appraiser.
She moved back to Alabama to care for her mother, residing in Guntersville. While here she worked in real estate for nearly thirty years, becoming a mentor to many up and coming realtors over her career. She worked for Coldwell Banker, Lake Guntersville Real Estate, and finally with Hometown Realty.
Maggie was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Throughout the years, she held several offices in her local chapter, the Heroes of Kings Mountain, including Chaplain. But her true talents were in running auctions at each meeting. Maggie had a gift for getting members to donate, so much that no other fundraisers were necessary during each year.
She was an avid Auburn fan; “War Eagle, y’all!” During football season, she would always dress the part in orange and blue, especially at the Iron Bowl parties she attended every year.
Maggie attended the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville. As a parishioner, she was very active as a greeter on Sundays making sure everyone who came to church was warmly welcomed. She was head of the Hospitality Committee for number of years and served her God as a member of the Daughters of the King. She also studied the Bible, church history, philosophy and theology, completing a four year course of study of Education for Ministry (EfM) through the University of the South’s School of Theology. Practically there every time the church doors were opened, her favorite worship service was Maundy Thursday which proceeded the Easter celebration. She also especially enjoyed the Christmas Eve service and the annual Blessing of the Animals to which she brought numerous dogs and cats over the years.
Maggie, ever stylish, was always, always, dressed to the nines, no matter the occasion. She will be remembered as a funny, feisty, loving, caring, welcoming and affectionate soul whose sweet spirit was felt by everyone she ever met. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings Billie Naylor McDaniel (Jackie) and Edward Naylor (Patricia).
She is survived by her nephew, David McDaniel (Jennifer), nieces Cheryl McDaniel Jordan (Jabo), Jennifer Naylor Jarrell (Jamie), and cousins Nancy Costello, Robert Brush and Dr. Marie Greenspan. Being a Naylor, she had many cousins all over Sand Mountain. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Maximilian (Max) and her cat Marty. She will be fondly remembered by a wide network of extended family members including Micky Gaines, Amy Walker Kitchens, Greg Hundley, Will Smith, Rita Morrow, Larry Waldon, Linda Milner, Sue Sorter, Rosalind Hall, Charlotte French, Dr. Alan Kitchens, Mitch Reed (deceased), Laurie Woodall (deceased), the Tuesday Sushi Crew, her EfM family especially fellow fellow graduates Bernice Maze, Paula Dabney, and Velma Atkins, her fellow DAR members, her real estate girls, her Cursillo Reunion Group, and her beloved honorary grandchildren, Ashley Kitchens, Emily Donald and Matthew Cooper.
Services will be held on Friday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Father Aaron Raulerson and Mother Shari Harrison will officiate. Visitation fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends request that donations be made to the Church of the Epiphany’s Outreach Fund or the Laurie Storrs Woodall EfM scholarship fund.
“Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8. One of her favorites…