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Dr. Margaret Renee Kern, was born July 14,1956, in Kosciusko , Mississippi. She was the youngest and the ninth child born to the late Columbus Elvige and late Elnora Woods Kern. At age 12, following the passing of her mother , Margaret went to live with her brother-in-law and eldest sister, the late Martin L. Winters and Thelma K. Winters.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a teenager and became a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Kosciusko. Margaret graduated as salutatorian of Vaiden High School of 1974. She furthered her education at Mississippi, earning a bachelor's degree in biology in1980. As a single mother of three children, Margaret decided to join the local workforce and postpone her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She was employed at the Attala County Library and later at the local  U.S Post Office, where she walked up 17 miles daily as a letter carrier. Seeking a better life for herself and her children, Margaret applied and was accepted into Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Starkville, Mississippi. On May 14,1988, she received her medical degree from CVM; it was one of the proudest days of her life.

In 1992, she completed a three-year residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia's College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Small Animal Medicine. She then returned to Mississippi State's CVM and began a tenure in numerous positions including, but not limited to, Associate Professor, Service Chief of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Associate Hospital Director, Professor Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Clinical Education, and Director of Admissions. She was the first African- American woman to become associate dean of CVM. Her career took her all over the country and overseas sharing research, conducting presentations, and recruiting students. She was a revered colleague and mentor to numerous veterinarians, students, and associates of CVM. In an effort to encourage students struggling through vet school, she frequently asked them the same question: " How do you eat an elephant?" Her reply was, " One bite at a time." Her responsibilities included overseeing the breeding process and selection of Mississippi State University's bulldog mascots. Needless to say, she cheered for MSU only, whether on or off any athletic field. Hail State!!

In Starkville, Margaret attended and supported Griffin United Methodist Church. Away from work, Margaret was a beloved mother, sister, cousin, and friend. Close and extended family members could rely on her greeting them with a huge smile and hug. She loved to laugh, spend time with family, spoil her grandchildren, and advise her children. " Remember , no matter where you go, whose child you are, " she would tell her kids. In 2014, Margaret began having health problems. After months of misdiagnose, an accurate diagnosis of amyloidosis was obtained in October of  that year. Amyloidosis is a rare condition of several types affecting less than 200,000 individuals in the United States. The condition causes abnormal protein deposits- amyloid- to build up in person's body often attaching to organs, which can lead to organ failure. The condition is similar to multiple myeloma but is not cancer. However, amyloidosis patients are treated with anti-cancer drugs. Amyloidosis patients may encounter several obstacles to access treatment because insurance companies do not always approve needed medications citing that a drug was not created for amyloidosis patients. Early diagnosis is key to survival, and through stem- cell transplants, some patients achieve remission. Margaret was hopeful she would have a stem- cell transplant, but she never got the chance.

On May 11, Our Heavenly Father saw fit for Margaret's suffering to come to an end and called her home to eternal healing and joy. She was preceded in death by : brothers James Kern, Richard Kern, and Branch Williams Kern;  Gloria Kern Davis and an infant sister who died at birth; granddaughter, Kristian Olivia Posey; and special brother -in law Martin L. Winters. She leaves to Cherish her memories and celebrate her life ; daughters, Shanderia Kern Posey of  Byram, Mississippi, and T. Lakett of Starkville, Mississippi, son Tuni (Gabriela)  Kern of Spring Valley, CA. Sisters Thelma K. Winters and Alfrancis Kern of Kosciusko, MS. brother Ladallis (Veryla) of Las Vegas, Nevada;  Special friend John Nelson of Starkville, MS two aunts Blanch of Kosciusko, and Essie D. Winters of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Continuing her legacy will be eight grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

 

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  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    The staff of Winters Funeral Home will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist your family in your time of need. - Mr. WintersMr.
    ~ Winters Funeral Home
  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of grief. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5: 28, 29). We can also take comfort in God's personal promise to "wipe out every tear" and that soon, even "death will be no more" (Revelation 21: 4).
    ~ Emilio   Bradenton, FL
  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    To my cousin Margaret, Thank you so much for being a mother to my kids when they attending MS State University, I am truly grateful and you will truly be missed but I will never forget all you have done for me, I love you and I will miss you
    ~ Michelle Edwards   Gulfport, MS
  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    To my cousin, I will miss you and you will forever be in my heart. I will always love you. Rest in peace my angel.
    ~ Dorothy Edwards   Gulfport, MS
  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    On behalf of the College of Veterinary Medicine Family at Tuskegee University, we send our condolences to the family of Dr. Margaret Kern who had a kind heart and a willing spirit to assist students in their academics and collaborate on academic programs. Her memory is everlasting. Dr. R. Perry, Dean
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    On behalf of the Small Animal Internal Medicine group at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and all of the medicine students, interns, residents and faculty that Margaret has trained and influenced over the years, we send our condolences to the family of Dr. Kern. She will be missed. Dr. Andrew Mackin, MSU-CVM.
    ~ Andrew Mackin   Starkville, MS
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Margaritaville...I'll miss you forever. Thanks for being my friend....love ya chick!
    ~ Cassandra Tillman Vaughn   Roxie MS
  • Friday, May 19, 2017
    Dear Precious Dr. Kern, thank you for being such a fabulous friend to me at MSU-CVM. I will ALWAYS remember the terrific times we had in our department. Your sweet smile & understanding spirit will surely be missed. Prayers of sympathy for all of your family.
    ~ Tara Puckett   Denver, CO
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Mom I hope that we still made you proud with the memorial on Saturday. You will forever live inside of me and because of that I will do my best to continue your legacy of greatness. Missing you soo much. Love your daughter Kettia.
    ~ Lakettia Luckett   Starkville, MS
  • Friday, May 19, 2017
    Dear Precious Dr. Kern, thank you for being such a fabulous friend to me at MSU-CVM. I will ALWAYS remember the terrific times we had in our department. Your sweet smile & understanding spirit will surely be missed. Prayers of sympathy for all of your family.
    ~ Tara Puckett   Denver, CO
  • Friday, June 09, 2017
    Dr. Kern, You were such as fabulous teacher and even better person. Your smile was infectious and will missed but not forgotten. You were an inspiration to all! Prayers to your family.
    ~ Eric Miller   Columbus, OH
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Aunt Thelma and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord continue to strengthen and bless you. Easter and Family.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Dear Dr. Kern, I grieve at your passing. I counted you as one of the greatest influence on my veterinary career. You loved your work, you loved teaching students, you were a bright spot at MSUCVM. You were truly someone we could all aspire to be one day. Your soft spoken manner, care, teaching, and passion for your work will be sorely missed. Sincerely
    ~ Christopher N. Ricks   Canton, MS