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Margaret Keeler 1918 - 2009 DORSET, VT Margaret Keeler died on Oct. 27, 2009, at her home in Dorset at the age of 91. She was active and living independently until October 23, when she suffered a stroke. Her family was with her for her last days and at her bedside when she died. Peggy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1918 to Dudley and Florence Palmer. She married James Mithoefer in 1941 and had five children. In 1951, the family moved to Cooperstown, N.Y. where Jim accepted the position of surgeon at the Mary Imogene Basset Hospital. She and Jim filled their children's lives with adventures, stories, and love. In 1963, Jim suddenly died and, two years later, Peggy moved to New Haven, Conn., and taught primary level at the Foote School. In 1975, she married Robert T. Keeler, a lawyer practicing in Cincinnati, Ohio. They divided their time between Cincinnati and Dorset until they moved permanently to Dorset. She and Bob traveled extensively, enjoying the companionship of mutual friends and their families. She moved to the Equinox Village in Manchester Center in 2006, four years after Bob died. The Village provided a secure home and new friends. She loved the view from her apartment looking out over the playing fields to Mt. Equinox and the Green Mountains. Peggy was a longstanding member of the Dorset quilting group and took great joy in the beautiful quilts they created over the years. Gardening stood out as an enduring passion in her life. In Cooperstown and Dorset, she cultivated bountiful and varied gardens and, at the Equinox, spent many happy hours tending her flower garden. Peggy's grandchildren called her Baba and over the years she became known by this affectionate name. She was cherished by her extended family, including nieces and nephews, in-laws and ex-in-laws, and many close friends. They loved her for her spirit, her generosity, and even her stubbornness. Most of all, Peggy loved and was loved by her four surviving children, James Mithoefer of Manchester, Peter Mithoefer of Chappaqua, N.Y., Meg Mithoefer of Dorset, and Molly Mithoefer of Trescott, Maine; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Peggy was predeceased by her beloved brother, Eliot Palmer of Cincinnati. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service will be held at the Dorset Church on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., with a reception to immediately follow at the Dorset Field Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Peggy Keeler may be made to the Women's Fellowship of the Dorset Church through the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 28, 2009
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