Margaret Howe

Margaret W. Howe (Walker)

Wednesday December 25, 1918 - Friday April 17, 2020
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Margaret Walker Howe passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 she was 101 years old. Her husband of 64 years, Donald W. Howe, preceded her in death in 2006. Margaret was born and raised in Oxford, New York, a daughter of the late Charles L. and Grace H. (Darling) Walker.

After completing her studies at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY, Margaret secured a position with a local printing company where she designed artwork for sugar packets. She worked many years at the Gordon Library on WPI’s Worcester Campus where she served as a skilled book mender. After retirement, Margaret and Donald moved to Orleans where together they enjoyed many years before returning to Westborough to be nearer to family.

Always one to stay active, Margaret volunteered as a book mender in the Worcester Public Schools and at the Orleans Library. She was passionate about gardening and enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, and was a skilled seamstress. Margaret also found pleasure in the Arts, especially acting with the Worcester PTA, music, and reading. For 32 years she was an integral member of Unitarian Universalist Church in Worcester and a member of its choir.

Margaret is survived by four daughters, Libbi Desautels and her husband Paul of Northborough, Carole Howe of Worcester, Janet Howe of Florida, and Gail Trenholm and her husband Ted of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and two sons, Stuart Howe and his wife Patricia of Spencer and James Howe and his wife Margie of New Mexico and Montana. She also leaves her five grandchildren, Emily Mustin Howe and her partner, Luke Gullickson, Jamie Desautels and his fiance Lorna Helms, Andi Curtis and her husband Jeff, Abbie Smith- Howe and her partner Nick Lauder and Catherine Ushinski and her husband John and six great-grandchildren, all whom she adored.

A funeral and celebration of Margaret’s life will occur at a future date.

Margaret’s family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Assn ( or to a charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence, or to share a memory, please visit Peter’s Book of Memories at
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Bruce Plummer

Posted at 02:26pm
To the Howe children:
We were sorry to learn from Aaron Payson’s announcement about your mother’s death. Maggie was always
such a delightful person to talk to. As Mary just said, , “ She was a sweet person to know.”
Like her work at the various libraries I can well remember her handing me a hymnal for the first hymn in the service and commenting
“ I just repaired this one.”. She was proud of her children and as you moved on to various education or other pursuits we would
always ask her what was happening in your lives and she was happy to tell us. We are fortunate to have known her.
Bruce and Mary Plummer


Mary McDermott

Posted at 10:35am
Maggie's friendship was a gift for which I'll always be grateful. Her incredible sense of humor made me laugh so often, and she was a wonderful source of support in times of sadness. I'll always remember the many hilarious games of Trivial Pursuit and the sumptuous teas featuring her delicious almond/apricot sponge and Welsh cakes. Maggie and Don and I bonded over our Cape Cod Architecture class with the inimitable Clair Baisly, and I'm sure the three of them are now discussing the architecture of heaven.

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