Virginia Goodwin Holt Cavanaugh, 96
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DELMAR, N.Y. -- Virginia Goodwin Holt Cavanaugh, 96, beloved wife of the late David J. Cavanaugh, and Delmar resident for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Born in Biddeford, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Anna Holt. She graduated from Thornton Academy in Saco, where she was Salutatorian of her class. Mrs. Cavanaugh then graduated from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She was supervisor of nursing at the Deaconess Hospital for four years when she enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, serving in the South Pacific during WWII.
She later volunteered at the Red Cross and Albany VA Hospital and worked as an RN for Dr. Raymond at Albany Medical College. She was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the former Gov. Mario Cuomo for her wartime service and was honored on Guadalcanal Day in Albany.
Her memberships included the American Legion, Blanchard Post #1040, the V.F.W. and she was one of the original residents of Delmar Place.
She is survived by her daughter, Anna C. Newbould; grandchildren, David J. Doherty and Alicia M. Boaz (Jeff); great-grandchildren, Emma, Bradly and Ryan Boaz; sister, Marianne H. Gillis of Gorham; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Maria Holt English.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., in the Chapel of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Interment will follow the Mass in St. Jerome Cemetery, Holyoke, Mass. www.applebeefuneralhome.com.
may be made to:
The American Legion
Blanchard Post #1040
16 W. Poplar Dr.
Delmar, New York 12054
Virginia Goodwin Holt Cavanaugh
Applebee Funeral Home
403 Kenwood Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 26, 2013