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MANCHESTER -- Marguerite Havey died Monday, March 20, 2006, at the Equinox Terrace Nursing Home. Born on Dec. 16, 1910, in New York City, she was the only child of Marshall Lawrence Havey and Edna Hill (Brady) Havey. She had been a resident of Manchester since the 1960s.

Marguerite studied piano from the age of four. When she was 10 years old, she accompanied her parents on a trip to London, England. During their visit, a business acquaintance of her father invited them to a large home in the suburbs. It was here that Marguerite first played an organ in a vaulted room, and she was delighted with the organ’s sound.

She attended private school in New York City and then continued her education at the Institute of Musical Arts, Julliard School of Music, from which she graduated in 1933.

Her musical career included studying the organ under Leo Sowerby in Chicago, serving as organist and choir director under Dr. Suter at the Church of the Epiphany in New York, and teaching music at the Brearley School. When she moved to Manchester in the 1960s, she served at different times as organist and choir director of the Zion Episcopal Church and the First Congregational Church.

Marguerite was a woman of diverse talents. She composed music and poetry, built her own pipe organ, worked in her shop as an amateur carpenter, and worked with gemstones to create jewelry. She was a member of the National Association of American Pen Women. In addition she was very civic minded and spent several years serving on the Manchester Town Lift Committee. In 2001, she joined the First Congregational Church.

She is survived by several cousins: Eleanor Crary of Hanover, N.H., Annett McCabe of Sudbury, Mass., Virginia Bickford of Carmel, Calif., Margaret Riemersma of Magnolia, Mass., Barbara Brady Miller of Old Brookville, N.Y., Beverly Brady Roche of Syosset, N.Y., and Charles von Dietrich Knighton of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A memorial service of thanksgiving for her life will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action or to First Congregational Church Organ Fund in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 28, 2006
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