Margaret Beale Woodward

February 28, 1956 - May 10, 2019
Margaret Beale Woodward

Margaret Beale Woodward passed away on May 10, 2019, at the age of 63. She is survived by her father, M. Cabell Woodward and sister, Ann Boucher. She is also survived by her beloved daughter, Katherine Kiarsis, who loves her very much.

A native of Rye, NY, Margaret was a graduate of Rye High School and Princeton University.

A bright, vibrant, courageous, outspoken soul, Margaret could command a room, and easily have everyone laughing. Drawn to the beauty of the natural world, she celebrated it through her gifts as a gardener and painter, as well as through her passionate love of animals. Margaret was a unique individual, untamed by conventions; she was like the nature she loved–anything but boring. She will be greatly missed by the many who love her but can take comfort knowing she is at peace.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at Christ’s Church in Rye, NY on Saturday, June 15, at 11:00 am.

Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, AFSP.org 1-888-333-AFSP and to donate directly go to afsp.org/take-action/give-a-gift/

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  • June 05, 2019
    dave says:
    I am so sorry for your loss , Loosing a loved one is traumatic and very difficult. However the Bible says at Rev. 21:4 - “ And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” May the God who gives us this comfort be with the family at this time.

  • June 06, 2019
    RH says:
    So very sorry for your loss. May God’s thoughts toward you be one of peace, a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11, 12; Acts 24:15

  • June 06, 2019
    Phyllis D says:
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you be comforted by drawing closer to the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our trials, 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. May you look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise as noted, "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, For God himself has spoken it," Isaiah 25:8.

  • June 12, 2019
    Kimberly C. Rowe says:
    I am deeply saddened for your loss. I wish you the greatest peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time. Margaret shared so many wonderful life lessons and laughs with me the summer I worked for her as a nanny when Katie was only two. They visited me a couple of years later while I was finishing college and we had a lovely picnic at Wrightsville Beach. Margaret’s wit, wisdom and whimsy will never be forgotten. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, Flower or winged air.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • January 09, 2020
    Lynne Shaw says:
    I only met Margaret twice, once at Dockside among mutual friends, the second at her beautiful home. She was a distant cousin by marriage to my exhusband, and it was easy to see that she was loved by many, and loved to entertain others with her infectious laugh. Rest easy Margaret, and may your family be at peace knowing that you are also at peace.