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Margaret Dickinson Gilmore Obituary
Margaret Dickinson Gilmore of Ames, Iowa, formerly of Coatesville Margaret Dickinson Gilmore passed away at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, on February 18, 2012. She was born to Harry and Anna Dickinson on March 22, 1918 and grew up in Houlton, Maine. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier College in Nova Scotia in 1939. Margaret met her husband, Arthur Gilmore, while they were both serving in the Army in 1944. They were married in February, 1945. After leaving the Army, Margaret and Arthur lived in East Corinth, Vermont where daughters Nancy and Mary were born. Daughter Joan was born after Margaret and Art moved to southeastern Pennsylvania, where they lived for the remainder of their lives together. They enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and spending time with friends. Margaret taught several years at Caln Elementary School before moving to North Brandywine Junior High School to teach English, math and Latin. After her retirement from teaching Margaret was active in many organizations including Caln Civic Club, Our Lady of the Rosary Congrega, Pennsylvania Women's Club and Meals on Wheels. A few years after Art's death in 2003 Margaret moved to Ames, Iowa. She continued to play cards and very much enjoyed her new friends while staying in touch with longtime friends and family members across the country. Margaret is survived by her sister Katherine Maskulak of Pensacola, Florida, her daughters Nancy Woodruff of Morgantown, Mary Buchanan of East Haddam, Connecticut, and Joan Hopper of Ames, Iowa. Margaret also had five grandchildren, Brian Woodruff, Erin Polatsek, Meghan Curran, Amanda Hopper and John Hopper; and two great-grandchildren Hanna and Grace Polatsek. She was a devoted friend, a loving mother and grandmother, and a devout Catholic. A viewing will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, February 27, at Wentz Funeral Home, 342 East Chestnut Street, Coatesville. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Coatesville. Margaret will be at rest with Art in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville on Tuesday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m. Memorials in Margaret's honor may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 80 South 17th Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320. To send online condolences, please visit www.wentzfuneralhome.com.

Published in Daily Local News on Feb. 24, 2012
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