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Margaret (Maille) Guthrie, 86, Burlington

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Margaret (Maille) Guthrie, 86, Burlington


BURLINGTON - Margaret M. Guthrie, 86, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Elderwood in Burlington, peacefully and prematurely after her battle with COVID-19. She was born on March 15, 1934, in Swanton. She was the daughter of the late Dora (Miclette) and Amedee Paul Maille and spent many years on the family farms.

Margaret met her husband, Terry, while working at McGregor's Pharmacy in Burlington. He saw her and it was love at first sight! He immediately told his friend that was the girl he was going to marry! They were married on January 9, 1954 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Fairfax, and shared 45 years together. Terry predeceased her on October 4, 1999.

Soon after marrying, she and Terry started their family, sharing two daughters, Debbra and Diann. They travelled around the United States, and even lived in England during Terry's 20 years of service in the US Air Force. Margaret and Terry made many friends throughout this time, whom they visited in retirement.

Margaret dedicated time to others, volunteering at the Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester. She was fluent in both French and English, which helped her make connections and assist people. She was a fabulous cook; she baked the best ham anyone had ever tasted, her mashed potatoes were unparalleled, but she also had an unhealthy love of jello molds with fruit in them! She loved to laugh and enjoyed many fun adventures when her grandchildren were young.

Margaret enjoyed card games, country music, crafting, especially sewing and ceramics. She had a special affection for her many pets through the years, and is survived by her cat, Minou.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Diann (Guthrie) Bean and her husband Steven of Georgia VT and her son-in-law Robert Thibault of Burlington. She leaves behind beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Angel (Thibault) Curtis and her husband Gerald of Burlington, their sons Gerald II and Phillip; Elizabeth Thibault and her husband Mark Yantachka of Westport, CT, their children Guthrie and Wynn; David Bean of Barre, his children Reanna Roy, Keegan, Layla, Riley, Kyle, and Charlotte; Matthew Bean and his wife Samantha Fried Bean of Essex Jct.

Margaret was also predeceased by her parents, father Amedee Maille and mother Dora Maille; her daughter, Debbra Guthrie Thibault; three brothers Joseph Maille, George Maille, Patrick Maille, and one sister, Lorraine (Maille) Barrows.

She was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Williston.

Due to the pandemic, a Mass of Christian Burial and interment at Holy Family Cemetery in Essex Jct. will be celebrated at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Burlington Free Press


Burlington Free Press


December 12, 2020


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Burlington Free Press, “Margaret (Maille) Guthrie, 86, Burlington,” COVID-19 Archive, accessed July 12, 2024,