Margaret Whitcomb

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - Margaret "Midge" Whitcomb of St. Johnsbury passed away at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the age of 87.

She was born on March 11, 1925, in Epping, N.H., the daughter of Fred and Bessie (Quimby) Dearborn. She graduated from Raymond (N.H.) High School in 1943 during "The War."

Midge started working at "Ma Bell" in 1960 as a long-distance operator and directory-assistance operator until her retirement in 1986. She then worked for many years in Ames Department store in St. Johnsbury, where she was a familiar face to the locals.

She was an active member of the North Congregational Church, where she served as receiver of offerings for many years. She also started the first flower gardens on the church grounds.

Midge was a woman who was not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and was politically active all of her life - participating in many marches and demonstrations over the years. She and her friends were also known for starting a woodworking class for women and also started one of the first recycling programs in Vermont.

Her true love was for nature. Her gardens were beautiful and bountiful. She would forgo groceries to buy birdseed for her bird feeders, and she was a magnet for lost kitties.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Whitcomb Dearborn, now of St. Johnsbury; son Jay Whitcomb and wife, Barbara, of St. Johnsbury; "Fresh Air" daughter Rebecca James of New York City; four grandsons, Benjamin Rosenberg of Phoenix, Ariz., Aaron, Brian and Colin Whitcomb; brother Paul Brown and wife Sheila of Raymond, N.H., and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Arthur, Richard, and David Dearborn.


services: Memorial services will be held in St. Johnsbury at the North Congregational Church on Monday, March 11, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions could be directed to North Congregational Church, 1325 Main St., St. Johnsbury, 05819.

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Published in Union Leader on Feb. 24, 2013