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Margaret Marcotte

Margaret Marcotte Obituary

Margaret (Cummings) Marcotte “Auntie Margaret,” 79, lifelong resident of Cranston, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 31, 2023 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She was surrounded by the love of her family and many friends, with her daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Scott by her side. 

Margaret was born on October 25, 1944, in Providence RI, the fourth child of William and Elizabeth (Killoran) Cummings. She was the wife of the late George R. Marcotte, and is survived by her daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Scott Cullen and granddaughter Maeve, as well as her two brothers, William, and James Cummings.  She was sister to the late Kevin Cummings, Mary Cummings Taylor, and Ann Cummings Holleran. Margaret was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews and their children.  

Family meant everything to Margaret, and she loved celebrating every birthday, graduation, and wedding of her large extended family in New England, New York, Sligo, Ireland and New Brunswick, Canada. When the Cummings got together, love, laughter, and Irish music filled the air.  ‘Family’ for also her included hundreds of children whose lives she not only touched but transformed in the 33 years that she operated Auntie Margaret’s Manners and Memories Daycare at her home.

She graduated St. Xavier High School in Providence and worked for many years at Brown University, where she supported research on the geology of the Moon and Mars. During her Brown days, she met George Marcotte, and they married in 1979.  After the birth of their daughter Elizabeth, and with the daily support of George, Margaret brought her tremendous creativity to providing hundreds of children with a loving, safe, and caring environment in which to grow, learn and have fun. Many young families in Cranston were touched by her impact on the development of pre-school and school-age children. So much so, in fact, that ‘Auntie Margaret’ was recognized in 2007 with an Outstanding Service Award by the Family Childcare Association of Rhode Island.
Even as she mourned the passing of George in 2008, she was thrilled when Elizabeth and Scott met and married, and she welcomed Scott with open arms and homemade Christmas ornaments which generated many appreciative laughs. The arrival of her granddaughter Maeve was one more bright light in a life full of love and inspired her retirement in 2016 to spend more time with her family.  Maeve and ‘Mimi’ shared many celebrations together: dressing up on Halloween, making cakes for birthdays and Christmas, and many fun-filled sleepovers and craft sessions.
Nothing was more important to her than the time she spent together with her family, but Margaret had a knack for making everyone feel special and cared for.  She welcomed everyone she met into her kitchen and her circle of friends, making cakes and cookies that infused wonderful memories into every event. Margaret’s cats, rabbits, gardening, photography, and writing not only enriched her, but the many children she cared for over the years.  She also enjoyed playing bridge at the Warwick Bridge Club and going to the Cranston Senior Center.  She was proud of her Irish heritage and was a member of the RI Ceilidhe Club and a lifelong parishioner of St. Matthew Church in Cranston.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday January 8, 2024 from 4:00-7:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday January 9, 2024, at 10:00am in St. Matthew’s Church 15 Frances Avenue Cranston. Burial will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery Exeter.

To reflect her bright and vibrant personality, Margaret requested that those attending her celebration of life wear bright colors in her memory.  There are many ways to honor Margaret: flowers are appreciated, as are donations to McAuley House in Providence, a donation to your favorite children's charity, or sharing an act of kindness, (baking for a loved one, saying hello to a stranger, or sharing your time.) Margaret’s 79 years were filled with love, laughter, friendship, and an unrelentingly positive attitude. She left the world a better place than she found it and will be deeply missed.


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January 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Butterfield Chapel
500 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
January 9, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Matthew Church
1299 Elmwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910


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