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Margaret A. Witherell

GOWANDA — Margaret A. Witherell, 94, of Gowanda, died Thursday (Sept. 14, 2017) at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville following a brief illness.

Margaret was the daughter of the late Elmer LeRoy and Myrtle (Rich) Race of Cattaraugus and wife of the late Jack Witherell.

Margaret, who grew up in Cattaraugus, was an artist noted for her many oil paintings of Zoar Valley, which were exhibited and won awards in area art shows. She was a longtime member and past president of the Collins Art Club, the Gowanda Garden Club and Gowanda Senior Citizens group. She worked for many years at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, was a Girl Scout leader and elections inspector. Margaret also enjoyed creative writing and collecting antiques and had an antiques shop for a few years.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce (Dan) Fogarty of Pennsylvania; a son, David (Elizabeth) Witherell of Gowanda; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and her beloved cats.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol (Ray) Yackle; a son, John (Gloria) Witherell; and a brother, Andrew (Irene) Race.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 1 p.m. from the Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 105 East Main St. in Gowanda.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA or any cat rescue group.

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