Margaret F. McCormack

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MONTPELIER - Margaret Fraser McCormack, 91, of Montpelier, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

She was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Clayton, N.Y., the daughter of Cameron G. and Florence (Brabant) Fraser. After her mother's early death, she lived with her grandparents George and Ora Fraser for a time. Her father later married Ethel Sternberg, who was a loving stepmother to Margaret and her brothers, and the family lived in Chaumont, N.Y.

She attended elementary school in Clayton, N.Y., and graduated from Clayton High School when she was 16 years old.

She married Robert Buckley McCormack on Dec. 30, 1950, in New York City. They lived in northern New Jersey, primarily Ramsey, N.J., until moving to Montpelier in 1994. They were married for 61 years until Bob's death in January 2012.

During the 1940s, she lived and worked in New York City as an executive secretary for a women's and children's wear store and for a major public relations firm, and later also worked in Syracuse, N.Y.

Peg was a loving wife, mother, sister and aunt who will be very much missed. She was treasurer of the Green Mountain Chapter of OWL (Older Women's League) for many years. She loved Vermont and going for day trips driving around the state. She enjoyed discussing politics with family and friends and watching news programs on television. She was a great talker, as a friend said, "so communicative." She loved to read and do word puzzles. She and Bob participated in Red Cross blood drives in Montpelier. They both loved going out for a good creamee. Many thanks to the special caregivers, friends and neighbors who helped Peg at home and at Heaton Woods.

She was predeceased by brothers Clarence William Fraser, John Cameron Fraser, Joseph Fraser; and sister Betty Jane Fraser; and her husband, Robert Buckley McCormack.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Cameron McCormack, of Montpelier; sister-in-law Viva Fraser, of Watertown, N.Y.; sister-in-law Frances Fraser, of Beverly, Mass.; and her brother- and sister-in-law, George Randall and Barbara McCormack, of Brewster, Mass.; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, California and Germany.

There will be a committal service in the spring in Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier.

Donations in her memory may be made to Heaton Woods, c/o Peggy Rocque, 10 Heaton St., Montpelier, VT 05602; or to the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Wilson Industrial Park, Barre, VT 05641.

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Published in Times Argus on Jan. 10, 2013