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Margaret Irwin

January 19, 1929 — December 17, 2019

Margaret Elizabeth Irwin, 90, of St. Johnsbury, VT passed away on December 17, 2019, at St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Margaret was born in St. Johnsbury on January 19, 1929, to Wallace and Gertrude (Weston) Mackay.  On May 17, 1947, she married Roland Daniel Irwin, aka “Horsecollar”.  The couple shared 56 years together until Roland’s death in 2003.  Margaret spent a brief time working as a machine operator at Gilman Paper Company but spent the remainder of her working years as a homemaker. She will be remembered as a “wonderful lady who loved everybody”.

Survivors include her son: Roland “Skip” Irwin and wife, Robin, of Groton, VT; a brother: Maitland Mackay of Lyndonville, VT; 7 grandchildren: Shawn, Kevin, Michelle, Sharon, Nancy, Michael, and Jon; and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband: Roland D. Irwin; a sister: Muriel Taylor; and a brother: William Mackay;and a step-daughter: Charlene Parker.

Visiting Hours concluding with a Memorial Service, officiated by John Sleeper, will take place Saturday, December 28, 2019, 1-3PM, at Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Donations in Margaret’s name can be made to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

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