Margaret F. Carpenter
East Providence, R.I. — Margaret Francis Carpenter, formerly of East Providence, R.I., died peacefully on Jan. 31, shortly after her 94th birthday.
She was the widow of Donald Ordway Carpenter of East Providence, who predeceased her in 1984.
She was born in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 19, 1919 to Timothy and Mary (Murphy) Donovan, and was the last surviving of their 10 children. She married her husband, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in World War II during the invasion of Iwo Jima, following his return from war. They settled in East Providence where they raised their two children, Donald Jr. and Meredith.
She worked as a medical transcriptionist and following the death of her husband, moved to Rockland in 1991 to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and her three grandchildren.
She dedicated the latter years of her life as a volunteer worker at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. She received national recognition from the President of the United States for her achievement of dedicating over 12,000 hours of volunteer work.
She is survived by her son, Donald Carpenter Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Lynchburg, Va., their daughter Carrie Landrum, and her husband, Ken, and her great-granddaughter, Taylor Landrum, of Evington, Va., her daughter Meredith Leiter, and her husband, Bruce, of Rockland and by her grandchildren, Sarah Leiter of Cambridge, Mass., Melissa Leiter of San Francisco, and John Leiter of Rockland. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Pamela Beggan and Jacalyn Kenneally of whom she was particularly fond of, and who visited her regularly in her later years in Maine.
A celebration of Margaret's life will be held in the spring. Donations in Margaret's memory can be made to Make-A-Wish Maine, 477 Congress St. Suite M1, Portland, ME 04101.