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Elaine Ruth (Stafford) Maguire

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Elaine Ruth (Stafford) Maguire Obituary
Elaine Ruth Stafford Maguire, 78, of Bennington died, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Watson House in North Bennington after a long illness.
Elaine was born in Rutland on Oct. 8, 1934, to Harry and Francis (Clark) Stafford. In 1952, she graduated from Bennington High School, and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Southern Vermont College and her graduate degree from Antioch College.
Elaine married Robert "Mac" Maguire on Dec. 26, 1952, and together they had six children.
She was a caring teacher who mentored numerous students in her career at Mt. Anthony High School, Arlington High School, and Wilmington High School. A talented seamstress throughout her life, Elaine ran a sewing shop in her earlier years.
She was an active member of the Bennington community, playing an important role in the St. Francis de Sales School community, where she and Mac helped to organize the C.Y.O. (Catholic Youth Organization) sports program. Elaine later co-founded the Mt. Anthony Booster Club and supported various athletic programs as one of her children's greatest fans during their athletic careers.
Elaine was passionate about making a difference and was truly happiest when she was doing for others, often going without so she could give to those she cared for. Her grandchildren, who knew her as "Nana", were perhaps the greatest recipients of her unconditional love and support as she guided them through tough times and lead them in various crafts that allowed her to share her sewing talents.
She was an amazing traditional, home-style cook, who brought her large family together around her not-so-spacious dining room table, and always welcomed friends to join as well. Her kindness, generosity, and feisty personality will be missed.
Elaine was a much-loved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Her husband, Mac, and her sister, Sally White, predeceased her.
She is survived by her six children, Mike Maguire and his wife Jeanne, of Newfields, N.H., James Maguire and his wife B.J., of Proctor, Bill Maguire and his wife Judy, of Roswell, Ga., Scott Maguire and his wife Mary Beth, of Bennington; Pattie Maguire of Bennington; and Ann Maguire of Pittsfield, Mass. Elaine also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Ryan Maguire, Courtney Cataldo, Shannon Maguire, Sean Maguire, Jen Fitzpatrick, Rick Maguire, Christina Elaine Maguire, Laura Maguire-Jones, Amy Maguire, and Joseph Maguire. Elaine was a great-grandmother to four great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
FUNERAL NOTICE: At Elaine's request, no funeral services will be held, but a gathering for family and friends will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine's memory may be made to the Mount Anthony Booster Club through the office of Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main Street Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 15, 2013
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