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Margaret Louise Gruver Trimpey, 78, formerly of Signal Mountain, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, after a long illness. She was born in Wilmington, N.C., to Fleetwood and Helen Gruver and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn. Margaret received her RN at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, where she later received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from UTC and her master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. She was the Director of Nursing at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and then began a 25-year career teaching at UTC where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau and elected to Alpha Society. She also won the UT National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Margaret was always involved in theater and musical activities like Scenic City Chorale and was particularly proud of her participation in The Panel of American Women (1970s) to promote better understanding of racial and religious issues; Family and Children Services abused women’s support group; and Volunteers in Medicine. Margaret is survived by her husband, John E. Trimpey; daughters, Karen McAvoy, Allison McAvoy (Scarlet Farr) and Meredith T. (Chris) Bennett; son, Roger Lee McAvoy Jr. (Kay); sister, Ellen (Dan) Predmore; brother, Fleetwood Gruver III; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home East Brainerd Chapel.