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DEXTER - Margaret Frances Goodwin, 88, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, in Dexter, with her family at her side. She was born Oct. 13, 1912, in Portland, the only child of Alfred J. and Lillie Louise (Sumner) Cobb. When she was a child, her family moved to Salem, Mass., where she graduated from Salem High School in 1929. Margaret went on to Dean Junior College before training and then working at Boston Floating Hospital as an R.N. In 1943, she married Rivington S. Goodwin and together, they raised a daughter, Gloria Jean and a son, Richard in Danvers, Mass. Margaret worked for many years as a private duty nurse for extremely ill patients before the creation of intensive care units. Over the last 15 years of her career, prior to her retirement in 1975, she was a charge nurse in the nursery at Hunt Memorial Hospital in Danvers, where one of her happiest memories was caring for her twin granddaughters from the minute they were born. She had a lifelong passion for books, movies and being at the ocean. In her last years, living in Dexter, with her son and daughter-in-law, she enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching "her" chipmunks, squirrels and birds. But most of all, Margaret had a love of people, making friends easily. Throughout her illness, she showed a sense of humor, grace and courage and left behind an example of how a life should be lived.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1971; and by her daughter, Gloria Priante in 1987. She is survived by her son, Rick; and his wife, Sharron of Dexter; granddaughters, Amy Louise Walkowicz of Methuen, Mass. and Beth Ann Rizzo of Woburn, Mass.; as well as great-granddaughter, Samantha; and great-grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher; and her cat, Callie.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Wadsworth Cemetery in Danvers. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. in Margaret's memory. Arrangements are in the care of Thompson Funeral Home, 30 St. Albans Road, Corinna.

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