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Margaret Williams - McGowan, award winning pastel artist, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017, at UPMC Passavant. She was 74. She was born in Sewickley on July 14, 1942, to the late Carl and Reva Jane (Taggart) Williams Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Jack McGowan; sisters, Dorothy Williams and Marjorie Jean Neff (who passed 12 hours earlier on February 23, 2017). Well-loved by cousins, Lucy (Steve) White of Florida, Annette (Allen) Moulton of Sewickley, and Rachel (Dave) Martin of Lancaster; aunt of James "JT" Neff of Eugene, OR; and great-aunt to Luyu Neff. A longtime resident of Harmony, she was a working artist with her studio in her home. She studied both commercial and fine art. Over 25 years as a retail advertising artist working in such diversified fields as ad agencies, newspaper, direct mail publications, and large department store chains, including nine years at Gimbels Pittsburgh also for the Pennysaver paper. She was a member of Degas Pastel Society (New Orleans), Women's Artist of the West, and a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Her art has appeared in the Equine Image Magazine in conjunction with the prestigious AAEA Fall Showcase of Equine Art. She was a finalist in the animal category of the Artist's Magazine in 1997 Annual Art Competition, she also received numerous awards at National and International exhibitions including Best of Show. Margaret loved and adored her Pekingese Dogs. Visitation will be for both sisters on Thursday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY, 702 Beaver St., where service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Bill Henry, officiating. Burial will be private in Sewickley Cemetery. Family welcomes flowers or if desired, suggests donations in her name to Animal Friends or the Beaver County Humane Society.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2017.
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