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Margaret Evelyn Underwood

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Underwood, 91, a resident of Village Lane, died on her birthday, Sunday, May 23, 2004 at her home. Mrs. Underwood was born in Newport News, Va. on May 23, 1913. She was the daughter of the late John W. and Martha (Atkins) Jones.

She was married to Julius Underwood in April 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y. They enjoyed 58 years of marriage together. Mr. Underwood predeceased her in October 1989. As a young woman, she began her working career after World War II at Wearights in lower Manhattan, where she made parachutes. Throughout her life she had worked as a seamstress and then a telephone operator, from which she retired.

She had resided in Newport News, Brooklyn and White Plains, N.Y.; her son brought her to Bennington in November 2001 where she lived at Fillmore Pond. Mrs. Underwood liked to garden and cook, but her favorite activity (as a senior) was visiting casinos.

She leaves her son, Julius J. Underwood of Bennington; her grandchildren, Valerie Underwood, Steven Underwood, Hilarie Norton and Michael Norton; a great-granddaughter, Ashley Underwood; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Norton, in January 1991.

Services will be held in White Plains, N.Y. at a time and date to be determined. There are no calling hours.

Should friends desire, gifts in memory of Mrs. Margaret E. Underwood may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 25, 2004
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