Margaret C. (Antman) Dye
VERGENNES — Margaret C. (Antman) Dye, 87, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at her home in Vergennes.
She was born in Passaic, N.J., on Nov. 22, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Margaret Antman.
She attended NYU, majoring in biochemistry. While working for Heyden Chemical Company she met John Dye. They were married on July 17, 1943. She lived in several locations in New Jersey, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania.
Her passions were birding and ice hockey. She wrote nature columns for area newspapers and gave talks to many civic and educational groups. She enjoyed ice skating, hiking and canoeing. She and her husband traveled to 32 countries photographing birds, plants and butterflies. Before each trip they thoroughly studied the natural habitat of the area. This would have been the fiftieth year that she participated in the national bird Christmas count.
After her husband retired from DuPont, they moved to North Ferrisburgh in 1976. They loved the seasons in Vermont, especially winter. They held season tickets to Vermont Catamount hockey. She was very proficient in flower arranging and served as federated judge for shows. An excellent creative cook, she prepared many gourmet meals for family and friends.
She was a longtime member of Forest and Field, VINS, the Ferrisburgh Friendship Club, Vermont Audubon, Vergennes Garden Club and the Middlebury Garden Club. She held many offices but often served for many years as treasurer. She delighted in sharing her knowledge of birds, butterflies and plants.
In 1997 she moved to Vergennes and for many years she was elected Justice of the Peace. She enjoyed immensely performing wedding ceremonies.
She is survived by her daughter, April, and Chaesun Jin; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in June 2000, her parents, and her brother Frank Antman.
A funeral mass celebrating her life was held at St. Peters Church in Vergennes on Monday, Nov. 3, with burial following in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.