BENEDICTA - Margaret McAvoy, 91, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on December 30, 2014. Margaret was one of 14 children, born September 29, 1923 in Benedicta, the daughter of Andrew J. and Elizabeth (Rush) Qualey. She had a very close relationship with her siblings and family of her late husband, Basil McAvoy.
She was a woman of grace, exceptional strength, and faith and was active in her home parish of Saint Benedict's Catholic Church all of her life. She was in the Sodality and Daughters of Isabella. Visits to Margaret's house almost always included a competitive game of cards or dice and snacks of delicious homemade sweets. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening and puzzles. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Elwell and her husband, Michael of Sherman, Patricia Cochrane of Chatham, N.Y., son Edward and his wife, Ona of Benedicta, son Leo and his wife, Geri of Patten, and her son Danny of Sherman; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Basil; 3 of her daughters, Linda, Mary, and Anna; daughter-in-law, Barbara. She was also the last of the 14 Qualey children, Harold, Gilbert, Herbert, George, Francis, Arthur, Anna, Louise and Hazel Qualey, Irene McAvoy, Nora Schaefer, and Catherine St. Peter.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 4th at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Benedicta where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Hospice of Aroostook, 14 Access Highway, Caribou ME 04736 or to St. Benedict's Cemetery Committee, PO Box 27, Benedicta ME 04733. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com