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NEW WINDSOR - Margaret L. Millspaugh, 84, of New Windsor, a longtime area resident, went to Heaven peacefully surrounded by her loving family at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.
Margaret was born in New Berlin on Aug. 4, 1933, the second of seven children.
The daughter of the late Alfred M. and Ruth Esau Runion, she always spoke fondly of her family and the farm which they grew up on during the Depression, the hard but gratifying work of pitching hay, milking cows and the warm family kitchen with the wood fired stove where they canned the vegetables and fruits to get them through the long winter months.
She learned from an early age the value of family and faith, of hard work and putting others before herself, characteristics that would follow her throughout her lifetime which she later taught to her children.
Margaret graduated from Fredonia College in 1955 receiving her master's in music education, and worked as a music teacher in Cornwall, Newburgh and Wallkill schools. Music was her passion and she often mentioned how much she loved and missed being in front of the classroom full of children.
She also greatly enjoyed attending the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Margaret was active member of the Vails Gate United Methodist Church and formerly the First United Methodist Church in Newburgh.
Upon moving to Orange County, Margaret met and married Robert A. Millspaugh and had 34 wonderful years together before his passing in 1996.
Left to honor her legacy are her children, Roberta Sheets (Joel), Natalie Dickman (Bob), Nancy Millspaugh (Tom Phillips), Cindy White (Robbie); her beloved grandchildren, Robert Dickman, Kristina Dickman, Sarah White, Liam White and Ian White. Margaret was the fond sister of her surviving siblings, Gladys Williford of Georgia, Stephen Runion, Valarie Jones of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by siblings, Sarita Fiske, Corrine Shamey and John Runion.
We are truly thankful to her wonderful caregivers during this time, Dr. Fauzia Paracha, Dr. Paul Saladino, Dr. Evan Hawkins and all the staff at St. Luke's Cornwall third floor, as well as the many friends and neighbors who visited her and kept her encouraged and happy through all her difficult times and trials.
The family will receive visitors from noon to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, with a closing memorial service from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Vails Gate Methodist Church, 854 Blooming Grove Turnpike, New Windsor, NY 12553.
Condolences may be sent at www.Brooksfh.com or by calling (845) 561-8300.
Published on December 10, 2017
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