BAR HARBOR – Margaret Whitaker Garrett, 88, died Sept. 28, 2012, in Bar Harbor. She was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Abington, Pa., the daughter of Ralph Waldo Whitaker and Marion Elizabeth (Clark) Whitaker.
She attended schools in Jenkintown and Abington, Pa., and graduated from Abington High School. She was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, but with United States entry into World War II, it was felt that the war effort was more important; therefore after graduation from what is now Pierce College, she became a secretary at Atlantic Refining Co., Philadelphia. After the war, she became executive secretary to the Rt. Rev. William P. Remington, Suffragan Bishop of Pennsylvania. She received great enjoyment from gardening and flower arranging, having won several awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She was a member of Rosemont Garden Club and a past president of Bar Harbor Garden Club. She was an officer of Northeast Harbor Women’s Literary Club and she was also a member of the Acorn Club of Philadelphia. She was an active member of the Episcopal church and in retirement, was clerk of the vestry at St. Saviour’s Church, Bar Harbor. In addition she was a delegate to the Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Maine, and lay alternate to the Synod of New England.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edwin A. Garrett III; a son, Edwin A. Garrett IV; daughters, Sarah Berube and husband, Gregory, of Nashua, N.H., and Hannah Bannon and husband, Roger, of Fortson, Ga.; her sister, Mrs. James E. Bryan of Abington, Pa.; as well as three grandchildren, Lauren Bannon, Nathaniel Bannon and Rebecca Berube; a surviving nephew, five great-nieces, a great-nephew, eight great-great-nieces and a great-great-nephew.
A requiem Eucharist will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. A private burial will be at the family’s convenience. Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.