Margaret Ann (Miles) Washburn Montgomery, 91 passed away peacefully on August 22, 2020 surrounded by family and care givers at Cathedral Square at Allen Brook Memory Care, Williston, VT. Peg was born in Toronto on November 5th, 1928, daughter of Alfred Henry Barton Miles and Gladys Edith (McFarland) Miles.
From Toronto, the family moved to Bristol, Vermont. In 1944 they moved to Pasadena, CA where she attended Pasadena Junior College. In 1946 she married Fay Quimby Washburn while still in California, and then returned to live in Richmond, VT where she raised three sons. We remember Margaret’s early years as a mother and home maker. In 1953 to add to the family's income Peg decided to cater lunches for a local twine company Cellucord, she enlisted the aid of her two oldest sons to pick up the lunch supplies before they went to school and again after school for the second shift. Everyone pitched in to help
Peg was a skilled jeweler learning her craft from her father, eventually being tutored by Guy Chang in Charlotte. She also attended Mrs. Mills Fine Arts Jewelry course at UVM and went on to teach her skills at the YWCA in Burlington and subsequently taught her sons.
Peg had an interest in photography beginning in the early forties when her mother sent 25¢ and a coupon for a little camera. Her father had a big field camera which took beautiful photos thus her interest began. She purchased a 35mm camera with a macro lens. In the late Sixties/early Seventies she started photographing her jewelry creations and later her leather work.
Peg is best known for her Vermont Moods photographs, especially celestial events (Aurora Borealis and the comets Hyakutake (1996) and Hale-Bopp (1997)) winning many blue ribbons at the Champlain Valley Exposition for best photograph over several years. She was a member of the Vermont Hand-crafters Guild, as well as the Barre Artists’ Guild. All during this time, she worked for the US Postal Service in Williston, VT as a dedicated clerk. In her retirement, Peg lovingly cared for two horses, a chow dog, an African grey parrot and anyone who knew Peg knew she just loved to collect stuff.
Peg was a woman of many talents anything she tackled she did to perfection, whether it was sewing, knitting, cabinet making, jewelry, leather crafts, oil painting and ultimately her passion for photography were all done to perfection. She was a fiercely independent spirit and was not afraid to speak her mind.
There are so many people to thank as Peg embarked on this new life journey. Thanks go out to Lynn and the support staff at Adult Day in Essex Junction and the family would like to extend loving thanks and gratitude to the nurses and care providers at Allen Brook Memory Care in Williston who embraced Peg's colorful personality. Peg immediately adapted to her new environment and said many times how much she loved her new home. Peg was an only child and found her "brothers and sisters" in so many residents living there with her, they all brought great joy and love to her life. Special thanks go to Ken Bridges for seeing her spirit and knowing she was a good fit for this residence, for that we are ever grateful.
Peg was predeceased by her son Barry Washburn, first husband Fay Washburn and second husband Roger Montgomery. She is survived by her two sons Christopher (Suzanne Chicoine) Washburn, Swanton, VT, Jeffrey Washburn, Hinesburg, VT, wife of Barry, Jackie (Benoit) Washburn Hinesburg, VT. Her grandchildren, Erin Washburn, fiancee Sarah Kelley, Williston, VT, Shawn (Karen Sternberg) Washburn, Zebulon, NC. Melissa Washburn, Lexington, KY, Brian (Lisa McEneny) Washburn, Six great grandchildren, Mary and Grace Washburn, Lia and Vinny Washburn, Liam and Emilia Washburn.
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