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Marguerite Grafton Rundles, Of New Canaan

Marguerite Grafton Rundles
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Marguerite “Margo” Grafton Rundles of New Canaan, and formerly of Durham, N.C., died Friday, Aug. 2. She was 71.

Rundles was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Staunton, Virginia, daughter of Thomas Hancock Grafton and Martha Stackhouse Grafton. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1963, and moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1966 to work as director of admissions at the Duke University Graduate School. After earning her CPA in 1974, she served as a trust and estates administrator at Central Carolina Bank and SunTrust Bank until her retirement in 2006. She volunteered in the chemotherapy room at Duke University Cancer Center, and served on the university’s Patient Advocacy Council.

After 45 years in Durham, she moved in 2011 to New Canaan to live her daughter. She joined the American Association of University Women and New Canaan Beautification League and served on the pastoral ministry Leadership Team at the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Rundles is survived by her daughter, Martha (Steven Richard) Palmer of New Canaan; two grandchildren; sister, Lib Grafton Greer of Columbus, Ga.; and nieces and a nephew;. She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Dr. R. Wayne Rundles; second husband,  Richard Norman Hughes; and sister, Letty Grafton Jernigan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Congregational Church of New Canaan. A second memorial service will take place at 2 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Duke University Chapel in Durham, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Duke Cancer Center 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710.

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