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Margaret Clawell Votta

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Margaret Clawell Votta on February 5, 2013 , age 87, at home in Clearwater, Florida. Former resident of Olney, West Point, Ambler, Lower Gwynedd and Upper Dublin. Wife of the late Frank Anthony Votta and mother of Richard Alan Votta and the late Margaret Grace Votta. Survived by her son and son-in-law, Keith Richards, both of New York City, niece Elizabeth Walker of Chester Heights, daughter-in-law Kathleen Lambert of Lansdowne and great-niece Kelly Sayre Yang of Roosevelt, New Jersey. Preceded in death by sisters Gladys Sayre of Melrose Park and Evelyn Woolston of Levittown. A graduate of Olney High School, Margaret was recruited in her senior year to support the war effort as a draftsperson for the Frankford Arsenal. During this time, she traveled to Toronto to translate metric drawings of armaments into English units for production in the USA. Upon moving to Ambler, she and her husband joined and became active members of the Ambler Presbyterian Church, both serving as Deacons and Elders. Margaret was one of the small group of concerned citizens behind the establishment of the first center of the Day Care Association of Montgomery County in Ambler in March of 1967. For many years, Margaret volunteered as a Red Cross "Gray Lady" supporting local blood drives in Ambler and surrounding communities and visiting indigent and forgotten patients at the former Philadelphia General Hospital. Margaret re-entered the work force as an Assistant Purchasing Agent at the Master Etching Machine Company in Ambler, providing significant financial support for the college and graduate school education of both of her children. After relocating to Florida, Margaret and her husband were members of the Northwood Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, spending many Sunday afternoons counting and recording the days' offerings. During this time, Margaret was a tireless volunteer at the Religious Community Services Food Bank. In recent years, Margaret was an avid bridge player and library volunteer. A Memorial Service at Northwood Presbyterian Church is planned for Friday, February 22 at 10:00am Donations in Margaret's memory to the RCS Food Bank of Pinellas Country at or a would be appreciated. (

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Feb. 12, 2013
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