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Margaret Carey Madeira Obituary
Margaret Carey Madeira 67, a courageous and compassionate woman, best known as Margot, who inspired others with her will to live, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. Her parents were the late Percy C. Madeira, an attorney for many years in Philadelphia, and his wife, the late Ellanor Roberts Madeira, a member of the Roberts clan which lived for eight generations at Pencoyd, the former family farm adjacent to City Line Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. A brother, Thomas, died of a heart attack in 1981. Margot attended the Agnes Irwin School where she excelled as both a student and an athlete. Remembered as well for an exceptional loyalty to friends, she was a co-winner of the Mathematics Prize her senior year, and then went on to Pembroke College (now Brown University) from where she graduated in 1967. After college, she became a mainframe computer specialist with the Burroughs Corporation which merged with Unisys in 1986. In her thirties Margot also continued her love of sports, even playing goalie on an all-male ice hockey team. A serious stroke in 1995 interrupted everything, including her promising career at Unisys, and since that time, Margot fought marvelously and successfully to overcome the effects of that illness. She lived on her own in Frazer, PA, teaching herself to write with her left hand and otherwise manage her life as normally as possible in spite of her disability. She even drove a car with her left hand, with a 100% accident-free record. Margot came to love the beauty of nature and the sea at Nantucket. For many years, she drove herself there for summer visits, often with friends she invited as guests. She accumulated a large collection of Nantucket memorabilia as a result. She is survived by her aunt, Louise Roberts Stengel, and by nine first cousins: Geoffrey Stengel, Jr.; Ellanor Stengel Fink; William Pepper Stengel; Louise Stengel Barton; Ellanor Roberts Notides; Frances Roberts Hill; Kimberly Roberts Lawrie; Elizabeth Roberts McCahan; and T. Williams Roberts, III. A memorial services is tentatively planned for 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr. Margot was interred there earlier, in the family plot, with relatives and several close friends present. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Bryn Mawr Hospital or the ."

Published in Main Line Media News on Nov. 28, 2012
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