Margaret Cecilia "Maggie" Damico-Barber of Royal Oak, Mich., passed away gently following a long illness at Cleveland Clinic on December 22, 2010. She was born in Meadville, Pa. on October 9, 1957. She is the daughter of Eileen Walton Damico Cooper of Melbourne, Fla. and the late Edgar Damico, step-daughter of Dr. Homi Cooper of Melbourne, Fla. She grew up in Erie, Pa. and graduated from Iroquois High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was also a foreign exchange student to Germany. She attended Mercyhurst College, where she was an Egan Scholar and earned her BSN. Maggie worked as a Registered Nurse in Ohio, California, and while in Erie she worked at Twinbrook Nursing Home and the Soldiers and Sailors Home. Her passion as an RN was working with the elderly. She was Board Certified in Geriatric Nursing and was also a Certified Nurse Case Manager. She had most recently been employed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Maggie was an active member of the Art of Living Foundation, and wished to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Research. Maggie was a very spiritual person and enjoyed being a part of The Art of Living courses. She was a Catholic by faith. She was an amazing woman and an inspiration to many as she went through the eight years of illness with a smile on her face and fun in her heart. She loved reading, Facebook, traveling, and crafts. She also loved being with friends and family, who often referred to her as "Magical Maggie". Her strength and spirit touched many. Besides her dear father, she was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents. She has departed to her celestial home. Her memory will be cherished by children, Erina Calin (Robert), Meghan Barber, and Bryan Barber, all of Grand Rapids, and Anthony Barber of Chardon, Ohio; granddaughter, Daphne Calin, of Grand Rapids, Mich; siblings, Joseph Damico of Albuquerque, N.M., Susan Ferko (Dan) of Cary, N.C., Kathleen Upham (Dan) of Erie, Edward Damico (Mary) of Orchard Park, N.Y., and Ann Knauer (Scott) of Kalamazoo, Mich. Maggie also leaves a loving extended family of many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and her former husband, Steven Barber. She also leaves her many wonderful and helpful friends who have shared her life's journey. Her family thanks them for their dedication and love for Maggie throughout her life. Because of her never ending strength and love of life, Maggie was and will continue to be an inspiration to so many people. Every one she met was sincerely touched by her kindness and selflessness. Her dedication to her family and friends will never be forgotten. Her children, especially, feel incredibly blessed to have had such an amazing woman as their mother. We love her and miss her dearly. The family would like to thank the Cleveland Clinic and especially the staff and doctors in Building J62 for their wonderful care of Maggie. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there Monday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Mt. Calvary R.C. Church at 11 a.m. Interment will be private at St. Brigid Cemetery in Meadville, Pa. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 24, 2010