Margaret (Peg) Mary Garvin, 85
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Margaret (Peg) Mary Garvin, 85, died March 15, 2009, at the Maine Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by her children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
She was born April 26, 1923 in Portland, a daughter of John J. and Catherine M. (Doyle) Fox. Margaret attended local schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1941. On May 15, 1943 Margaret married Paul C. Garvin in Nottoway, Va.
Margaret was a communicant of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Margaret worked at Day's Jewelry Store from 1959 to 1970. She later worked at the Pepsi Bottling Company in the mid 1970's. Margaret also worked for Sam Wiseman Company with her best friend Dot Connolly for several years. Margaret worked at L.L. Bean from 1983 to 1995 and retired at the age of 72.
Margaret was a member of the Cheverus Mother's Club, a Girl Scout Leader and a member of the Sacred Heart Women's Council. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Paul, to Spain, Arizona, the Mid-West as well as to their favorite spot, Freeport in the Bahamas. Margaret often spoke about her trip to Ireland in 1991. She traveled with her two daughters and friend, Dot, for her first footstep on the soil where both of her parents were born and raised. Margaret lived her life dedicated and devoted to her parents whom she cared for all of their lives, to her husband, 'Clay', and to her three children. She experienced her most precious moments in simple acts of giving and receiving love.
Margaret is predeceased by her parents; one brother Thomas J. Fox and husband Paul C. Garvin. She is survived by two daughters, Donna M. Barbalias and her husband Dean of Portland and Christine Cloutier and her husband Peter of South Portland, one son John D. Garvin and his wife Patricia of South Portland; one sister, Katherine Gordon of Cheyenne, Wy.; eight grandchildren, Gretchen L Walker, John C. Cloutier, David J. Cloutier and Keith Garvin all of South Portland, Peter Barbalias of Marlboro Mass., Mark Barbalias of Freeport, Kristen L. Garvin of Albany, N.Y. and Paul C. Garvin of Mendocino, Calif.; and GiGi's eight great-grandchildren, Molly Walker, Eric Walker, Isabela Cloutier, Olivia Cloutier, Camden Cloutier, Jack Cloutier, Seth Cloutier, and Abel Garvin.
Our family expresses their deepest gratitude to her physician, Dr. Dale Gowen who always treated Mom with dignity, care, and respect. Also, our hearts go out to the entire staff of Special Care Unit #4 who tirelessly and professionally provided Mom, as well as her family, with the most
Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 20th at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m., on Saturday at the Chapel followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street., Portland, Maine. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret's name may be made to: The St. Vincent de Paul
307 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Margaret Mary Garvin
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 18, 2009
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