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Margaret Shaughnessy

1925 - 2015 BENNINGTON, VT Margaret (Peg) Elizabeth Shaughnessy died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015. Peg was born in West Springfield, MA on Sept. 22, 1925 to Thomas and Elizabeth (Shields) Knights. Following the death of her father when she was three years old, she moved with her mother and younger sister, Mary Louise to Northampton, MA where her mother was employed by Smith College. Their mother's association with Smith afforded Peg and her sister the privilege of partaking in many of the college's activities. Peg fondly remembers having access to the riding stables, skating and float night on Paradise Pond, concerts and speakers at John M. Greene Hall, and most of all, the art and sculpture classes offered to children of the faculty which served as the basis of her artwork throughout her life. Her favorite was Ivy Day, always on a Saturday morning the seniors in their white dresses, carrying long-stem roses and walking on the white canvas path throughout the campus, bordered by the juniors in their long multi-colored gowns with a chain of ivy carried on their outside shoulders. Peg was a member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida and for many years exhibited in its annual show. One year, she did a miniature painting of the Old First Church in Old Bennington, intending to send it to the Royal Arts Exhibit in London. Because there was time before she had to submit it, she sent it first to the Miniature Art Show in Clearwater placing a high price on it so that it would not sell. Coincidentally, it did sell, and to a couple from London. Peg laughingly told the story ending with "there's more than one way to get to London." Peg was a '42 graduate of Northampton High School and a '47 graduate of Mass. State College, presently UMass. She also belonged to the First Methodist Church in Bennington and was a member of Circle 111, which still meets every month. Following the closing of the church, she transferred her membership to the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. She spent winters in Florida with her longtime friend, Grace Meinhold, where she was also a member of Unity Church of Clearwater for 20 years and served as a counselor and alter care worker. Survivors include one sister, nine children, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Mary Mathes, resides in Poulsbo, WA. Children include; Susan L. Niles, widow of beloved son-in-law Ben Niles; April Buxbaum and her husband, David; Daniel Shaughnessy and his wife, Paryse; Mary Beth Shaughnessy; William Shaughnessy and his wife, Pam; David Shaughnessy and his wife, Jude; Michael Colliano and his wife, Susan; Leigh Anne Cone and her husband Jim; and Patrick Colliano. Grandchildren include Brooke Williams (Jay) and Josh Niles (Tracy); Ryan (Stacy), Adam (Emily), Tyler (Jennifer), and Erin (Eric) Callahan; Matthew (Stefanie) Shaughnessy; Justin (Erica), Jerrod (Gina), and Shea Shaughnessy; Macaela (Shawn) Kinney and Schuyler Shaughnessy; Sam and Jacob Colliano; and Tyson (Kaela) Briggs, Chelsea (Dan) Foy, and Jodi (Mark) Briggs. Great-grandchildren include; Tanner and Carsen Williams; Rylie and Sydne Niles; Dylan Callahan; Mackenzie Callahan; Jackson Shaughnessy; Aiden, Landon, and Grayson Shaughnessy; Henry Briggs; and Marley McLellan and Nora Foy. At Peg's request private services will be held at the convenience of the family and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot in Rosewood Cemetery, White Creek, NY. There will also be a public gathering at the Missionary Alliance Church (198 Crescent Blvd; Bennington, VT 05201) where Peg most recently attended, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret Shaughnessy's memory to the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 27, 2015
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