Margaret Bachtell, 86, taught at several schools in Tidewater area

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Margaret “Mockie” Rawls Bachtell, 86, was relieved of her earthly concerns on July 30, 2016, while at home, surrounded by family.

Margaret was born April 3, 1930, in Norfolk, Va., to William Henry and Margaret Coffield Rawls. She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Bachtell; her parents; and her brother, William Henry Rawls Jr.

Margaret Bachtell

             Margaret Bachtell

Mockie was a proud and active member of Memorial United Methodist Church. She followed in the footsteps of her beloved mother as a gifted teacher at South Norfolk High School, Granby High School, Baylake Pines Elementary, Mrs. Rawls Kindergarten, Tidewater Community College and Norfolk Collegiate School.

She retired from Norfolk Collegiate School in 1995 as head of the math department. For 43 years she inspired countless students to be their best with her humor and her unbounded patience and love. The lives of all were uplifted by her love; the love of her family and friends was the joy and the light of her life.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Karen Mitchell (Jeffrey) and Dana Bachtell (Michael Lustig); four grandchildren, Ellen Taylor Bunch (Brian Chapman), Matthew William Lustig, Drew Cooper Lustig and William Drake Mitchell; sister-in-law, Shirley Wilkie; her extended family and hundreds of loyal and loving friends, students, co-workers and associates.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 6568 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Va. A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry J. Edmonds officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, with a reception immediately following at Memorial United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Mockie’s wish to have memorial contributions made to Memorial United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

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