Grace Marie Powers Ragan

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 09:23 AM.

Grace Marie Powers Ragan, 92, of New Bern, died on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

She graduated from New Bern City Schools and worked as the floor manager at Kress in New Bern. She and her husband Mitchell opened the first Dairy Queen in Eastern North Carolina in New Bern and later opened a second store in Havelock, running both until retirement in 1972. She was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered with the Disabled American Veterans, holding local, state and national positions. She established a nursing scholarship endowment at Craven Community College.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern.

Burial will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Mitchell Ragan, and many nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Pollock-Best Funeral Home, New Bern, with prayer service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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