Margot Harcher

Barnard, Vt. — Barnard resident Margot Harcher, 71, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was born Feb. 22, 1943, in Bayonne, N.J. to Margaret and George Harcher. 

Margot graduated from Westwood High School in Westwood, N.J. She attended Lasell College in Boston and then studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lived in Manhattan, where she worked as a graphic artist in the advertising industry and Family Circle Magazine. She later attended PACE University, where she received an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in 1974 and later worked as a registered nurse.

As a young woman, Margot enjoyed skiing, hiking and traveling across Europe. She settled in Vermont in her thirties, where she met Arnold Powell, to whom she was married for 16 years. Her only son, Christopher J Powell, was born on Oct. 12, 1979.

In recent years, Margot volunteered as the telephone link for Barnard Helping Hands, a Barnard-based philanthropic group. She gave abundantly and was always appreciative of the support she received from her large group of friends.

Margot was fond of her furry friends and enjoyed the company of many dogs and cats throughout her life. She was a fiercely independent and optimistic woman and enjoyed developing innovative tools for dealing with the challenges of life with MS. She lived with MS with incredible grace and humor.

A socially active woman, Margot enjoyed sharing dinner and Scrabble with friends at her kitchen table over a glass of red wine. Her time alone was often spent hooking rugs, tending the many plants she kept on her windowsill and deck, and watching the birds play on the tray feeder outside her kitchen window.

Margot’s most recent joy was the birth of her grandson Gaige Elliot Powell, born to her son Christopher and Tayra (Fedorka) who now live in Hughesville, Pa.

Margot was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and George Harcher and her sister-in-law, Dottie Harcher (wife of Daniel Harcher). She leaves her son, Chris Powell; grandson, Gaige Powell; daughter-in-law, Tayra Fedorka; her brother, George Harcher and his wife, Pat Harcher, of Westwood, N.J.; her brother, Daniel Harcher of Charleston, S.C.; and her step-children, Shon of Bridgewater, Vt. and Stacy Powell of Barre, Vt.

A celebration of Margot’s Life will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Margot’s former residence 5393 Stage Rd, Barnard, VT 05031.

Those wishing to give gifts in Margot’s memory are encouraged to donate to the organizations she supported in life—The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society ( and Barnard Helping Hands (