The Transylvania Times -

Margaret Long Chappell


June 19, 2017

Margaret Long Chappell, 78, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 15, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Transylvania County, she was an incredibly loving wife, mother, grandmother, second-mother and friend to so many. She devoted her life to caring for and nurturing all those around her. Her greatest passions were cultivating her beautiful gardens, spending time with her family and friends, which included sharing her wonderful meals.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Vernon Long; sister, Cornelia Gooding; and two infant granddaughters, Lauren Chappell and Angel Ruggieri.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Robert Berdine Chappell; daughters, Sheila Ashford and husband, Blane and Neisha Ruggieri and husband, Frank; son, Tony Chappell and wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Ansley Chappell and husband, Kurt, Tristan Chappell, Alexa, Nicole and Sophia Ruggieri; sisters, Gaitha Smith and Delma Dorn; and brother, Ted Long; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life visitation was held Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 3-5 p.m. at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home in Brevard.

A graveside ceremony was held Monday, June 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory. Rev. Eddie Dodson officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004 or online at

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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