Milestones, Obituaries


Margaret (Peg) Marcy Stames Howard

HARDWICK – There is one less bright light shining in this world. True to form, Peg did the unexpected and passed away on August 31, after a brief hospitalization.

Pegs’ inquisitive mind and caring heart brought many strangers into her life who left as friends.
Her door was constantly open and there were plenty of chairs to pull up and tell a tale.
There are not enough pages to reflect upon her life story . . . she wandered the earth, often with her favorite pirate, Larry Mims, and yet always came back to Vermont (and Florida). There she thrived hosting gatherings on the porch, kitchen “tunks” or sunsets at the seawall. People came, not for the food, but for the conversations and genuine interest she had in their lives.
From the White House to Hostess, select woman of Hardwick, AWARE founder, realtor,
Continental employee, teacher, world traveler; her employment history always involved helping others. Peg was most at home exploring other cultures and bringing her childlike curiousity to all she encountered. Practically minded and people focused she never was punctual, but inevitably had a great story to tell about why. She leaves behind many who loved her and will miss her spark.

The details that she downplayed: Born in Buffalo, N.y., to Dr. George and Elizabeth
(Comins) Marcy. She had three younger siblings who survive her: Barton C Marcy, Mary (Polly) Spaulding and Martha (Patty) Richards. Her high school junior year at Chateau Briallmont (Switzerland) gave her a permanent love of traveling (and French). She graduated from Buffalo Seminary, Wheaton College (‘59, B.A.), Goucher College (M.A.) and Goddard College.
Married twice (Thomas T. Stames II and Edward Howard) she loved her children immensely albeit unconventionally: daughter, Charlotte Stames (George) Semple, son, Thomas T. (Carolyn Stewart) Stames and stepchildren Emmy Markham, Tina Howard and Steve Howard. Her grandchildren; Trevor Marcy, Danny Stames, Katie Stames, George Semple III, and J.T. Semple will miss her quirkiness, enthusiasm and unorthodox life.

Peg was committed to education and travel and always encouraged others to make that a

Instead of flowers, please check the box for organ donation, plant a tree, and genuinely ask the stranger next to you about themselves. Monetary donations can be made to the Craftsbury Chamber Players (PO Box 37, Craftsbury, VT 05826) or AWARE (88 High St., Hardwick, VT 05843).

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