Cantrell, Margaret Mary
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Passed away peacefully, at age 91, on June 19, surrounded by family and friends, at her residence at Westminster Village, Scottsdale. Mrs. Cantrell was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, where she earned a BA in education at Harris Teachers' College, and taught elementary school. She later earned an MA in Counseling from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where she met her future husband, Harry Neill Cantrell, of Chicago. After marrying in 1949, Mrs. Cantrell and her husband moved first to Erie, PA and later to Schenectady, NY in 1950 where Mr. Cantrell worked for General Electric Company, and Mrs. Cantrell gave birth to five children: Kathleen Jane (Bower), James Neill, Paul Michael, Margaret Mary "Peggy" (Warren), and Joan Clare. Mrs. Cantrell and her family relocated to Phoenix in 1963, where her husband worked first for General Electric and later for CAPEX Corporation, before retiring to Scottsdale. Mrs. Cantrell was a founder of the Phoenix chapter of Birthright, an organization that assists women with unplanned pregnancies, and she worked as a volunteer, teaching English to refugees. Mrs. Cantrell was an enthusiastic reader, an excellent and adventurous cook, and a gifted raconteur. Mrs. Cantrell was preceded in death by her husband (2004) and her daughter Joan Clare (2008). She is survived by her daughters Kathleen Bower and Margaret "Peggy" Warren, her sons James Neill and Paul Michael Cantrell, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. Cantrell will be greatly missed for her generosity of spirit, her ready smile and quick wit, her ice-blue eyes, her outstanding fruit pies, and her boundless compassion. A private service will be held.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 26, 2013