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Mildred Holman (Mimi) MacGarvey

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Mildred MacGarvey

DORSET -- Mildred (Mimi) Holman MacGarvey, of Dorset, passed away quietly at Equinox Terrace on May 10, 2005. Born in Chelsea, Mass. on Sept. 23, 1916, the daughter of Edward Bassett Holman and Mildred Elizabeth Hake Stenson of Boston, she grew up in Chelsea, Milton and Melrose, Mass. After graduating from Melrose High School in 1934, she completed her education at the Boston School of Practical Art, majoring in fine art and illustration.

She performed briefly in a dance company and modeled before becoming a professional director and producer of dramatic productions around New England.

In 1938, she married George Elliot MacGarvey of Chelsea, a cadet at the Coast Guard Academy who later served as a career officer through World War II and Korea, ultimately stationed in Washington as architect of the Coast Guard Reserve Program.

As a military wife, Mimi moved with the couple’s four children to Miami, Boston, Hawaii, Darien, Conn., Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C., before retiring to Falmouth, Mass. After her husband’s death, Mimi moved to Dorset to be near her daughters.

Wherever they lived, the MacGarveys were popular hosts, especially known for their luaus and costume parties. They especially enjoyed their years acting and directing plays for Darien Showcase.

Mimi’s community activities were the CG Auxiliary Wives Club, docenting at the Smithsonian Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and Hildene, in Manchester.

She dedicated her life work to the study and application of spiritual healing as a practitioner for the Christian Science Church for 38 years and was founding member of the CS group in Dorset.

Mimi is survived by her children, Rep. Judy Livingston of Manchester, Georgine Holman and husband Steve of Dorset, Commander (Ret.) Ronald MacGarvey and his wife Dawn of Duxbury, Mass., Douglas MacGarvey and Clarice of Miami; and grandchildren Clay Livingston Perkins of Shaftsbury, Zander Livingston of Manchester, Mark MacGarvey of Mt. Ephraim, N.J., Lisa MacGarvey of Atlanta, Douglas MacGarvey Jr. of Miami, Glen and Todd MacGarvey of Duxbury, and Brett and Jeff Holman of Dorset. Mimi was a proud great-grandmother of four.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Dorset Church. Donations can be made to the Dorset Church, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 11 to May 12, 2005
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