Margaret Worthington formerly of Kent and Hartford, and a 70-year summer resident of Truro, MA, died on Thursday, (December 27, 2001). She was 92 years old. She was born in Jacksonville, FL, the daughter of Leonora Warnock Gibbs and George Couper Gibbs of Jacksonville, FL. Margaret graduated from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and attended Vassar College. She married William Worthington in 1931. Their marriage lasted until his death in 1990 and was an example of the strength and beauty of love to many who knew them. She is survived by her sister, Harriet Gibbs Gardiner of Jacksonville, FL; a daughter, Patricia Worthington Bartlett of St. Simons Island, GA and Truro, MA; and a son, William Cheney Worthington of Truro, MA; as well as seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Bill and Margaret lived in Kent from 1931 until 1967, while he was on the faculty of the Kent School. Margaret was active in the League of Women Voters, and brought Eleanor Roosevelt to speak at Kent. She later took Alan Paton to meet Mrs. Roosevelt at Hyde Park. At the suggestion of Dr. Parker Dooley, she and Bill accepted foster children in their home after their own children had grown. In 1963 Margaret completed her undergraduate work at the University of Hartford, receiving a B.A. Summa cum Laude then earned a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Connecticut in Hartford. Margaret joined the Connecticut State Welfare Department, Division of Protective Services as a case worker in 1965, rising to supervisor before she resigned in 1972. After the Worthingtons moved to Hartford in 1967, Margaret worked as a hospice volunteer in public housing communities there, and she joined her spouse as a prison visitor for the Connecticut Prison Association. Some of the inmates the Worthingtons worked with in the prison became visitors in Truro, MA and Hartford in later years. Margaret founded Women in Crisis (now Families in Crisis), a non-profit organization to provide advice and support to women and families whose men had entered prison for the first time. She received a National Activist Award in 1977 from President Jimmy Carter for this work. Margaret was also a founding trustee of the Truro Conservation Trust in 1981. At Margaret's request there are no plans for a service. Donations to Families in Crisis or to the Truro Conservation Trust in Margaret's memory are welcome.
Published by Hartford Courant on Jan. 6, 2002.