CANTON, NY (WWNY) – Margaret P. Vining, 87, of United Helpers Maplewood Health Center, Canton, NY, and formerly of Hermon, NY, died after a brief illness at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, NY, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 7:09 p.m. surrounded by her children.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2-5 p.m., Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park Street, Canton, NY, when friends, co-workers and family members can share their experiences of this wonderful woman. Additional off-street parking is available behind “LUNA” at 18 Park Street. His ashes will be buried in Vining Cemetery, Thorndale, Ontario, Canada.
Margaret Ann Popple was born November 20, 1934 in Easton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Ceylon George Popple and Harriet “Hilda” (Chilton) Popple Madison. During his formative years, conditions forced the Popples to move around the North Country frequently, residing in Marshville (Hermon), DeKalb Junction, Potsdam and Watertown.
She was a graduate of Watertown High School (1952) and earned a nursing degree from the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, NY, in 1955, which included training at St. Lawrence State Hospital, Ogdensburg, NY. In 1975, she earned an AAS in nursing, followed in 1981 by a BS in nursing, both through Regents external degree programs with the State University of New York. In 1984, she earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Nursing was her life’s calling, with her early work as a staff nurse at the House of Good Samaritan, Watertown, Columbus City Hospital, GA and EJ Noble Hospital, Canton, NY.
Margaret began working at SUNY Canton in 1968, as an educational assistant in the nursing laboratory and later was appointed director of the nursing program. Under his leadership, the program flourished and the College was able to establish the Bachelor of Health Services Management.
A favorite among students, she was one of 407 nurses statewide to receive the Nurse of Distinction designation in 1991, which is based on significant contributions to the field of nursing. She retired in 1996 as Associate Dean of the School of Health and Medical Technology, having inspired many young medical professionals who have stayed in touch with her over the years. Etta K. Heyler, EJ Noble Hospital, Virginia M. McAllister, SUNY Canton, and her best friend, Gladys Sandwick, all had a significant and nurturing influence in her life. Margaret was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011. She has served as a board member or leader of: Hermon-DeKalb Central School, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) District 6, and the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation , as well as numerous cantonal SUNY committees.
Some of his past professional association memberships included: American Nurses Association, New York State Society for Aging, New York State Associate Degree Council, and United University Professions. In 1992, she was certified as a Gerontological Nurse by the American Nurses Association. She was a member and former leader of Fowler Baptist Church, NY, and had also served as a youth teacher at Hermon Baptist Church.
Margaret married the late William Carey Southwell Vining, at First Baptist Church of Hermon, NY on December 10, 1955. “Maggie” was a longtime resident of Hermon, living in the village and moving to Trout Lake in 1987. Her steadfast, often unconditional, the love and support of family (and friends) was evident throughout his life.
Vining vacation trips in the 1960s and 1970s sometimes meant crossing the United States through northern states and Canadian provinces to reach British Columbia, creating many family memories. Later, as an avid country fan, she toured venues in New York and Ontario, admired for her fearless solo pursuits, following the death of her husband, Bill, in 2000. Gordon Lightfoot had a singular bent in his heart, sharing his music. with his children. A fascination with poppies and the Arts and Crafts movement developed during her visits to Arizona and California with her friends and family.
During all of her travels, she practiced spiritual encouragement and enjoyed lifelong learning, reading, word puzzles, scrapbooking, and working with watercolors. She was a kind neighbor and was especially grateful to live in Trout Lake with her family, friends and dogs. Her positivity continued to shine at Maplewood Health Center, happy with her care and interested in the lives of the people around her.
Surviving are one brother, Thomas D. Popple, Fort Collins, CO; two sons and their wives, Timothy and Vicky (Miller), Latham, NY, and Daniel and Martha (Smith), Fletcher, NC; two daughters and their husbands, Julie and Allen Spadaccini, DeKalb Junction, NY, and Carrie and Richard Heffron, Hermon, NY; by seven grandchildren: Johanna (Vining) and her husband Shawn Shopmyer, Judson Vining, Caitlin Spadaccini, Walker Vining, William Kasurak, Jenevieve Spadaccini and Emily Kasurak; by three great-grandchildren Kaytence Vining, Madeline Shopmyer and Felix Shopmyer; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by one brother William Douglas Popple and four sisters, Cora Marceline “Marcy” Jacques, Martha “Jean” Rector, Cecile “Joan” Newberg and Mary Katherine Mandigo.
Condolences may be shared with family by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.
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