Regina Hersey

Published 3:30 pm Friday, January 6, 2012

Regina Grant Hersey, 65, wife of Brian E. Hersey, died Jan. 4, 2012, after a courageous struggle with cancer. Through her deep faith and relationship with God she stitched love, joy and humor throughout the quilt of friends she counted as her extended family.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on March 6, 1946, she was a graduate of Manhattanville College. She enjoyed a long and successful career in publishing, rising to the position of assistant managing editor at Reader’s Digest. She was the third female issue editor in the Digest’s history. After leaving the Digest following her move to Atlanta in 1988, Regina became series editor for Guideposts Books’ long-running “Grace Chapel Inn” book series. She also edited numerous books, including “Inside the Outbreaks,” “Uncommon Grounds,” and “Mirror Mirror.”
In addition to her husband, Regina is survived by her beloved daughter, Kathleen, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic swimming team; devoted brothers, Frank and Leo Grant; sister-in-law, Diane Grant; and mother-in-law, Jeanette Hersey.
A requiem mass will be offered for Regina at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
She was kind as she was fair, for beauty lives with kindness.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by email to:
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Colon Cancer Alliance by going to the following website and searching for Regina Hersey:
An online guest register may be signed at
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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