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Margaret Cooney passed away peacefully in her sleep a few hours after being taken from her home to the hospital on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Affectionately known as “Peggy”, she was born on October 31, 1926 to David and Genevieve (Edkin) Cole in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She was proud of the fact that she was born on Halloween as it was not only a day to dress up and be creative, but it also had the spiritual connection of All Saints Day. For many years, friends and family members dressed in costumes and masks when attending a party at her home. Pumpkin carving was included in the celebration and would add a true sparkle to her birthday. Her birthday was one that everyone enjoyed helping her celebrate.
The perfect title for Peggy was “The lady with so many talents and gifts”. She boasted about her love of doing upholstery and interior decorating in her home. She was an accomplished seamstress, an artist who hand painted toleware and loved the craft of hand-built pottery making. She enjoyed gardening, creative cookery and she simply adored animals. An inspiration and mentor to her daughter, Linda, Margaret was also an inspiration to those who knew her. She was a lady possessed with great determination, which was an inherited trait from her beloved mother. She had the ability to accomplish whatever she wanted to do.
Peggy was truly a people person. She loved meeting people and had a magnetic charm in attracting and gaining friends. Many of the friends she had were life long and were from all “walks of life”. Peggy was a born conversationalist.
A lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport, PA. Margaret was steadfast in her faith and was deeply spiritual. Friends would often call her and ask her to offer a prayer because when she had done so, they felt that their prayers were answered. At church she had served on various committees and was a hospital ambassador. A graduate of Williamsport High School Class of 1926, she attended class reunions regularly. A former member of the Pa. Guild of Craftsmen (Williamsport Chapter) and Bald Eagle Art League were some other affiliations. She had worked on projects for the Red Cross in previous years.
Her survivors include her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Fritz Wasser of Corning, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James F. Cooney (former Williamsport Finance Director & C.P.A.), her parents and two sisters, Elizabeth A. Mittell and Beverly M. Booth and their husbands.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Williamsport Hospital Emergency Room for their professionalism, but especially for their genuine compassion.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation that will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 27 followed by a funeral service.
Interment will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Montoursville.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions in Peggy's name be meade to either Messiah Lutheran Church 324 South Howard Street South Williamsport, PA 17702. or the Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701.
To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.jamesmaneval.com.