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Margaret Elizabeth Cardell

December 20, 1923 — April 12, 2024

On Friday 4/12/2024 Margaret (Betty) Cardell had her wish and desire to go to her heavenly home fulfilled. She is now in the joyous presence of her Heavenly Father and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was the matriarch of our family, and we will miss her very much but we rejoice in the knowledge that she is having a great reunion with beloved family and friends that have gone on before. We are comforted in the knowledge that we will meet again.

Betty was born in Michigan but moved with the family at a very young age to San Diego California where she was raised and attended school. After graduation from high school in 1942 she worked in a pharmacy and with the USO by playing the accordion in shows to entertain military personnel in the San Diego area. In 1944 she enlisted to become a WAC (Women's Army Corp) to aid in the war effort. She trained in Georgia at Fort Oglethorpe and became a Medical Surgical Assistant in Military Hospitals in California. There she met and married her husband, Julius, a combat veteran receiving medical care at the hospital. Shortly after their son was born, she agreed to move to Julius' home state of Georgia. They made their home in Clarkston Georgia in 1949 and she continued to live there after Julius died in 1954. She was a single mother in the friendly little town earning a living as a medical assistant to several doctors and later as an employee at the CDC Medical Library from which she retired in 1986. She was a devout Christian in every sense of the word and an active member of Clarkston Methodist Church for nearly 75 years. She has had many friends in the church and the community. She was a very devoted and loving mother and grandmother and a friend to almost everyone she met. She was surrounded by Julius' very large and loving family who made sure to include her and her son in every family event and gathering. She was a great role model for her son, grandchildren and other relatives.

She was predeceased by her husband Julius E Cardell; her mother and father Marie and Robert Hughes; her brothers William Hughes, Bob Hughes and Russ Hughes; her sister Marion Hyde; and her daughter-in-law Carolyn Cardell. She is survived by her son, Robert J (Smokey)Cardell; granddaughter Michelle Cardell Fain; grandson Jeremy and wife Jona Cardell; great-granddaughters Sydney and husband Daniel Tipton; Addison Cardell and Elisabeth; great-grandsons Garrett Cardell and Baylor Fain; Great-great- grandchildren Norah Ann, Jack, Karim and Kamron; and too many nieces and nephews to name.

There will be a visitation at AS Turner Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2024. A Funeral Service will be on Friday April 19, 2024, at 11:00 am at Clarkston United Methodist Church. The interment will follow at Melwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Clarkston United Methodist Church; the local Humane Society; or the charity of your choice.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory

2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033

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Funeral Service

Friday, April 19, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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