Mrs. Maggie D. Kiah
Mrs. Maggie D. Kiah
Let us remember the life and ministry of Maggie Dunston Kiah, 96, of Bracey, VA, who died on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her home. She was the widow of Rev. McQuay R. Kiah, who served the former Delaware Conference and the New York Conference for almost 40 years.
Maggie was born on September 6, 1922 in Warren County, NC. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and her master’s degree in nutrition from New York University. She worked as a dietitian at Beth Israel Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and later as chief dietitian at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn. After receiving certification in teacher education, she taught nutrition in the New York City public school system until her retirement in 1977.
Maggie was married to Donalson Simpson for many years, until his death in 1961. She married Rev. Kiah on August 20, 1962. Rev. Kiah served the following churches in the New York Conference: Brooks Memorial, Jamaica, NY; Newman Memorial in Brooklyn; Community UMC in Massapequa, NY; and Hanson Place-Central in Brooklyn. He served as chaplain with the Nassau (now Long Island) Council of Churches from 1968 until his retirement in 1981. He died in 1986.
During her long residency in New York, Maggie was an active and faithful member of Newman UMC in Brooklyn, serving on many boards and in many leadership roles. After Rev. Kiah’s retirement, they moved to their home in the Lake Gaston area of Bracey, VA, where they joined the South Hill UMC of South Hill, VA and Maggie worked as a supervisor in the WIC program at the Warren County Department of Public Health. She also supported and attended the church of her childhood home, the Locust Grove Baptist Church in Wise, NC.
Always civic-minded, Maggie was involved in many community activities and organizations, including The Links, United Country Club and Les Gemmes. She was also a long-standing member and treasurer of both the Mecklenburg County NAACP and the WCTS-NWHS Alumni and Friends Association.
“Aunt Maggie” – as she was affectionately known to family and friends – loved to cook and entertain. She was a diva in her own right, dressing up each day with makeup and the latest fashion trend. She was a classy lady who loved to shop and wear glittering and sparkling clothes.
She was predeceased by seven siblings: her brothers, John Wesley, Edward Douglas, Eugene, Ollie, and Clarence Dunston; her eldest sister, Lucy D. Coleman; and her younger sister, Effie D. Wilson. She is survived by two sisters, Emma Lea Beshir and Elizabeth D. Baskerville; one special nephew and caregiver, Dr. Eugene Baskerville; her goddaughter, Doretta Dorset Dingle; and a host of caring nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, January 2, 2018 at Locust Grove Baptist Church in Wise, NC with Rev. Kenneth Alexander officiating.