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Margaret Chadwick McCracken


Thursday, May 16, 2019

WOODSTOCK, VT — Margaret Chadwick McCracken died peacefully early in the morning of March 10, 2019 at Woodstock Terrace. During the last week of her life, she had a constant stream of visitors, family and friends, who came to say goodbye to her.

Margaret was born in Oberlin, Ohio in 1952 to W. Chave and Mary Tyler (Chadwick) McCracken. She grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and graduated from Laurel School in Shaker Heights. After graduation from Pine Manor College, she attended Boston University, studying Fine Arts.

Margaret moved to Vermont in 1975 and married Theodore S. (Tim) Turner in 1978. They had two sons, Caleb M. Turner and Frederick L. Turner.

Margaret was an artist. She learned to make stained glass with Linda Ethier when she first moved to Vermont, and went on to create many beautiful stained glass pieces. She also drew and painted, made intricate beaded earrings and necklaces, and created and maintained beautiful and extensive flower gardens and stone walls. She was a photographer who generously documented and shared the important moments in the lives of many. She was creative and productive.

Margaret was also a storyteller. She always had an outrageous story to tell, and had a gift for making people laugh. She was vibrant, engaging, and had a fun loving personality.

During the last years of her life Margaret was diagnosed with Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy, an uncommon brain disorder, which ultimately causes a person to lose the ability to speak and to control the body. She eventually lost her ability to draw or do any kind of artwork, and her ability to tell stories, but she continued to love and appreciate her friends and family. She never lost her radiant smile, or her ability to connect with people through means other than talking.

Margaret’s artwork will be featured in a show at ArtisTree Gallery in Pomfret in June, focusing on three artists with dementia and how their disease affected their art.

Margaret was pre-deceased by her husband, Tim Turner. She is survived by her sons, Caleb Tuner and his wife Meghan (Thompson) Turner, and Fred Turner and his partner Briana Haugh, and by her grandson Jackson Lion Turner. She is also survived by her sisters, Adelaide McCracken and Sara Norcross and by her siblings in-law: Steve Killam, Kenny Norcross, George and Jodi Turner, Roger Turner and Linda Rood, and Jonathan Turner, as well as by her McCracken and Turner nieces and nephews, all of whom adored her.

Donations in her honor can be made to Bayada Hospice and CurePSP, an organization that studies and provides support to those with neuro-degenerative brain diseases.