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Margaret Moore, 89

Former owner of Quail Hollow loved good conversation

Margaret Eileen (Gill) Moore passed away peacefully at home in Woodstock, with her children by her side on Oct. 9, 2018. She was 89 years old.

Moore  was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on Sept. 29, 1929, the only child of Margaret Alice (Welch) Gill and Christopher Gill. She grew up in Worcester, graduating from South High in 1947. She attended Simmons College and transferred to and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and minor in French. At Syracuse, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After college, she married James (Jim) A. Moore, also of Worcester. Following Jim’s corporate career, they lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Passaic, New Jersey, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and then settled in Framingham, Massachusetts, to raise their family. Later, together, they operated a coffee and vending supply company.

Margaret and Jim retired to Quail Hollow in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, where they spent many happy years enjoying their time with a close circle of friends at Quail Hollow and exploring Vermont and New Hampshire. After Jim’s death in 2009, Margaret moved to Woodstock Terrace in Woodstock.

Margaret Moore was a truly and consistently nice, patient, and funny lady. She was extremely curious and loved good conversation, literature and art, nature and animals, current events and politics, and cooking and entertaining. She enjoyed arts and crafts and created beautiful items and flower arrangements.

Margaret relished learning, travel, and volunteering. She took classes at Dartmouth and travelled as often as she could and especially enjoyed England, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain. Throughout her life, Margaret focused her efforts on volunteering and was particularly proud to be one of the oldest volunteers for Barack Obama’s local campaign office. In keeping with her devotion to learning and volunteerism, Margaret elected to donate herself to Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Margaret is survived by her daughters Cynthia and husband Alan Lewis of Woodstock and Lisa and husband Samuel (Mike) Purvis IV of Woodstock; her son, Mark Moore of Marshfield, Massachusetts; and her grandchildren: Katherine Metzler of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Catherine (Moore) Boston and Peter Boston of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Natalie Moore of Somerville, Massachusetts; Elizabeth Moore of Berkeley, California; and Min Purvis of Woodstock.

Margaret’s family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Woodstock Terrace for providing exceptional care and support to Margaret and her family; Margaret simply loved her life at Woodstock Terrace and appreciated all of the staff. As well, Margaret’s family wishes to thank the team at Bayada Hospice and Dr. Barbara Lazar of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for their constant support, insights, and care.

A celebration of life service will be held Feb. 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows, 7 South St. in Woodstock, followed by a reception at the Woodstock Inn from noon to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org/get-involved/donation2.php).

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