Margaret Dawn Geraghty


AUBURN – Margaret Dawn Geraghty, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at Androscoggin Hospice House after a long decline from Alzheimer’s Disease, in a peaceful passing with her loving daughters by her side. She had been living at Market Square Nursing Home for the past two years.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1922, in Presque Isle, the daughter of potato farmer Jerry D. and Usa (Scott) Glidden, and graduated from Presque Isle High School and Westbrook College in Gorham.

She met her husband, Larry Geraghty, just after World War II broke out, at a USO dance in Presque Isle. They married after the war and lived for a time in Reno, Nev., and Gorham before settling in Westbrook, where she kept house as her husband built a successful career as a news broadcaster for WCSH-TV in Portland.

During this time Peg was an active volunteer in the Westbrook Congregational Church, where she insisted that her three children attend Sunday school in order to learn the practical and spiritual values of decent living she had learned from her parents.

Her family moved to a farmhouse in Windham in 1968, where she and Larry began a used and rare book business out of their large barn. Book dealers and book lovers came from all over to peruse the over 10,000 books that filled each stall and spilled over into the ell. She handled most of the cataloguing and bookkeeping for the business, which continued until her husband’s death in 1985.

She accepted his death with the characteristic stoicism that served her throughout her life, especially after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000. She sold the house and business and took off for Florida, where she spent 12 of the happiest years of her life. She made many friends there, especially at the Unity Church in Fort Myers, where she again served as an active volunteer and was beloved by all. It was here that she found her greatest peace and fulfillment and learned to live life as a spiritual being.

She had a sweet smile and cherished life, and went about her life without complaint. She was generous and kind, dedicated to her friends and family, and full of love.

She is survived by her daughters, Gail Geraghty and Laurie Ellis; a brother, Philip Glidden; grandchildren, Brian Ellis, Toby Geraghty and Bonnie Geraghty; great-grandson, Cameron; aunt, Dottie; and cousins, Dorothy Blake, Delores Roix and Helen York.

She was predeceased by her parents; her son, Shawn Geraghty; her husband; aunts and uncles.

We want to thank Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for all their love and care.