September 21, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Anne Shuford McBryde, 102, longtime resident of Gibson, NC and Blowing Rock, NC, peacefully entered eternal life on September 18. Anne was born on November 8, 1913 in Conover, NC to Adrian Lafayette and Annie Warlick Shuford.
She was predeceased by her parents, her siblings Adrian L. Shuford Jr., Mary S. Palmer, and Betty S. Yount, and is survived by her brother, W. Henry Shuford (Nancy).
Anne made her debut in 1932, graduated from Salem College in 1934, and then taught school for 4 years. It was during this time that she met and married William “Bill” McKenzie, the first of two loves of her life. They had two daughters, Anne Shuford McKenzie and Barbara McKenzie Scott. Bill tragically died of cancer in 1945, leaving Anne to raise their two young daughters. She later married Gaston McBryde in 1949, who Anne and Barbara dearly loved as their daddy. Anne and Gaston enjoyed 42 years together, before Gaston died in 1991.
She took delight in and was very proud of her family, including her two devoted daughters, Anne and Barbara (Jim); three grandchildren, Robin Harvey (Jennifer Brown), Margaret Lawrence (Jamie), and Kathy Rummage (Abe); and six great grandchildren, Elise, Michael & William Harvey, Gavin Lawrence, and Brodie & Mack Rummage. Many family members, friends and children affectionately referred to her as “Grannie Annie”.
Anne had a servant’s heart, always concerned about the needs of those around her, and how to better her community. She was a lifelong member of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church; she served as the Vice President of the Scotland County United Fund; chairman of the Scotland County chapter of the American Cancer Society; member of the board of directors for the NC Society for Crippled Children; and President of the Scotland County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. As a loyal Democrat, the highlight of her political involvement was serving as a delegate to the 1956 national convention. She was a political pioneer, as the first female in Scotland County to run for county commissioner.
She served on the very first Board of Trustees for St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Her many years of generous support of the university was recognized when she was honored with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award in 1986. When being presented with this award, then President of St. Andrews University A.P. Perkinson, Jr. had this to say about her: “A conversation with Anne is a conversation with a person who is interested in and concerned about everybody she meets. She wants to know not only who you are but also what noble task you currently have your heart behind . . . and do you need some help with it? If you are not engaged in some noble endeavor, rest assured you will be challenged to accept one of hers before you are through.” She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities by the university in 2000.
From an early age, Anne developed a love for Blowing Rock, having summered there as a child, and continued to do so throughout the rest of her life. She found great joy in the simple pleasure of sitting on her porch and admiring the view of the Blue Ridge mountains, a view that she loved to share with her frequent visitors. Many of her friendships were fostered by a mutual love of playing bridge. She kept her mind sharp by enjoying numerous games of bridge, Scrabble and FreeCell, well past the age of 100! She also took a keen interest in the stock market, and read the paper daily to stay abreast of local and world events. Anne’s family wishes to acknowledge Marcia Tillotson, who transcended her role as financial advisor to become a member of the family. The family also expresses their gratitude to those who have cared so lovingly for Anne over the past several years, especially to DeeDee Taylor in Blowing Rock and to the staff at Southminster in Charlotte.
One tenet Anne lived by is her “attitude of gratitude.” She believed that you would only be blessed with more in life once you are grateful for that which you already have been given. She is remembered for her fiercely independent spirit, a quality that has served her well through many trials and tribulations over the past century. Anne was a remarkable woman, who left an indelible impression on all those who were fortunate to know her. She truly embodied a life well lived.
A memorial service celebrating Anne’s life will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, at 11am.
A second memorial service will be held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg, NC at a date to be announced in the near future.
Donations honoring Anne’s memory may be made to Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, PO Box 393, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, St. Andrews University, Attn: Development Office, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, or to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28352.
Online condolences may be sent to the McBryde family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service of Boone, NC is in charge of the arrangements.