July 6, 1928 ~ February 25, 2012
Maggie Adele Gould Slominski, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
A visitation will be held for friends and family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Powell Funeral Home, Southern Pines. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Martin John Slominski, who died in 2010. She is survived by her five children, Martin, Dolores, Tempe, Greg and Mark, their spouses and 10 grandchildren.
Maggie was raised on the Gould family farm in Jacksonville. She attended business college and worked for Western Union in Wilmington, Chicago and Washington, D.C. While in Washington she designed advertisements and modeled clothes for Woodward and Lothrop Department Store, and worked for the War Assets Administration.
Her husband re-entered the service as a U.S. Army officer after graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. The family moved 31 times in the next 30 years.
Maggie considered raising her children her most important career. She devoted more attention and time to them than any other endeavor. She was always concerned that they would be 'blooming idiots' by moving around so much and attending so many schools. She was delighted that all excelled in their endeavors and are leading productive happy lives.
Maggie worked part time at six different companies as the family traveled the globe. She felt her greatest contribution outside the family was through the Army Community Service. This volunteer organization helped military families cope with difficult situations such as the death or injury of a spouse, emergency medical care, temporary housing, and financial assistance. She was in charge of this service at Boeblingen, Germany, Fort Ord, Calif., Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and Tehran, Iran.
Maggie was an excellent creative artist. She designed hats, learned to paint, and delved into stained glass. After Martin retired from the Army, Maggie took up photography. She excelled at portraits and outdoor photography, where she caught many amazing sunsets, mountains, black swans on the river, roses, butterflies and waterfalls. Maggie's art sold as specialty post cards at tourist destinations and was honored by placement in the North Carolina Fine Art Museum in their celebration of native N.C. artists.
She was loved by her immediate and extended family and leaves behind many friends whom she touched by her common country-girl upraising, her dedication as a mother, and her artistic inspiration.
Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374