Margaret Elizabeth (Milne) Richey BERLIN — Margaret Richey died peacefully Jan. 5, 2019, surrounded by family, after a brief illness. She was 90 years old. Margaret was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Barre, Vermont, to George E. Milne and Rachel Hollister Milne. She was educated in Barre City schools and graduated as valedictorian from Spaulding High School in 1945. In 1949, she graduated from Tufts College. Margaret began her career in education in South Berwick, Maine. She married Alban Richey III and moved with him to Middleboro, Massachusetts, where she continued teaching. In 1970, she graduated from the University of Vermont with an M.Ed. degree, having moved back to Barre in 1958 with her husband and children. She was employed in education with the State of Vermont as director of the Right to Read Program, and in Northfield, Vermont, as a school teacher and principal, together for 17 years. She retired from education in 1989 and then served as trust officer for the Granite Savings Bank and Trust Co., also serving on the successor Banknorth board until 1997. She was active in many civic and nonprofit organizations. She was Barre's representative to the Regional Planning Commission. She served many years on the board of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and as treasurer of the Central Vermont Hospital Auxiliary. She was a devoted member of Barre's First Universalist Church, serving as a board member for over 25 years, as treasurer, volunteer choir director, and lending support to the church's outreach mission. At the 2005 Joint Service Clubs awards ceremony, she was honored and recognized for her many contributions to the central Vermont community. She is survived by her husband, Alban, of Montpelier, Vermont; her children David and friend Andrew Kutches, of Barre, Vermont, John and wife Deborah, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire; granddaughters Elizabeth and husband Ian, of New Haven, Connecticut, and Katherine and husband Brian, of Waltham, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her brother, George D. Milne and wife Linda, of Montpelier, Vermont; her sister-in-law, Robin Milne, of Shelburne, Vermont; and by Milne nephews and nieces of California and Vermont. She was predeceased by her brother, John Milne. The family is grateful for many years of service by her caregiver, Deena Lovely. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the First Universalist Church in Barre. There are no calling hours. Donations in her memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641; or to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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Margaret was so supportive of her church and its music. A fine woman who lived a life of service. She will be well remembered for a long time.


Condolences to Alban and family.

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