Margaret Clarissa (Miller) Bennison
On the evening of January 31, 2019, Margaret Clarissa (Miller) Bennison, 70, of Holliston, passed away with her devoted daughters by her side.
She fought cancer as she lived her life: gracefully, and filled with faith, love and humility.
Born December 3, 1948, “Margi” (or “Mugsie” as her family called her) was the youngest of three daughters born to the late Sydney R. and Ruth R. (Wagner) Miller of Dedham. She was taught to live by the Golden Rule, which helped build the pillars of her character with trustworthiness, responsibility, open-mindedness, respect and compassion.
Margi loved children and being a mother unconditionally. Nothing brought her more happiness and feelings of pride than her three children: Marci, Susan and James. She was not only a mother but a best friend to each of them and a constant source of encouragement, love and understanding. She had an incredible gift of making all children feel celebrated, important and proud of their uniqueness.
Margi opened her home to all and as a result it became a “social hub” for bringing people together. Whether it was a “pajama game day”, or a summer barbecue on the deck, or an impromptu post-Thanksgiving-dinner gathering, Margi was eager to share in the shenanigans, laughter and fun with friends, neighbors, her children and their friends. She loved to listen to music with her girls and sing and dance late into the night. Her Snapchat and Dubsmash videos were epic and they, like her, will continue to provide us with endless joy!
Margi’s great courage and her love of children led her to return to school at the age of 50 and become a teacher. She received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State College and then a Master of Education in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.
She found special delight in teaching – especially to young learners. She taught in both the public and private school systems, first at Ashland Preschool, then at Hand-in-Hand Learning Center in Norwood, and the Goddard School in Medfield. From there she went on to support students with special needs at Hopkins Elementary School in Hopkinton and, most recently, at Placentino Elementary School in Holliston. She continued to work through cancer treatments, never complaining, until finally her illness prevented her from doing the job she loved. But in true Margi fashion, she had every hope of cancer remission and returning to her “Placentino Family”.
Perhaps most memorable about Margi was her bright and colorful spirit. She was expressive beyond words, and she never failed to show genuine and wild enthusiasm for even the simplest things in life! Her heart was immense and kindness unmatched. She found beauty everywhere; and she just radiated positivity.
Margi was the perfect listener and a true friend others often turned to for support. She was an artist, writer, musician, mad seamstress, and a fabulous cook. She adored family, dogs, Christmas, Cape Cod, the Beatles and a good burger. She had an extensive collection of anything and everything elephants. With the greenest of thumbs, Margi cultivated gardens as vibrant as her personality. She was beautifully dramatic and always upbeat. Even in her final two weeks of home hospice, while being comforted by her three children and closest friends, Margi “loved everything” right up until the end. She was an exemplary human and role model to all who knew her.
Margi’s path wasn’t always easy, but she always said “yes” to life and to attaining happiness. Finally she found her peace, and we know she is having a marvelous time rejoicing in the heavens!
To Margi: We never imagined you’d leave us so soon. The world will never be as colorful without you in it. We hope you knew how special you were, to so many, and the profound impact you made on us all. Most importantly, we hope you knew how much you were loved. You were a treasure, and your legacy will live on through the hundreds of lives you’ve touched.
Margi leaves behind her three children and a beautiful granddaughter whom, sadly, she never got to meet: Marci Reed of Holliston, Susan Bennison of Framingham and James Bennison, his wife Christina and their newborn baby, Kaley Marie, of Dracut. Other survivors include her two sisters, Marilyn Crocker and husband, Joe, of Wells, Maine, and Jennifer Drozdick, of Lawrence; nephews Michael, Chris, Benjamin and Jonathan; her two ‘adopted’ grandchildren, Wyatt and Piper Doughty; and a countless number of friends, colleagues and former students.
She will be joyously met at the Rainbow Bridge by wagging tails and wet kisses when reunited with her furry four-legged family members: Sally, Murphy Brown, Domino, Paulie, JellyBean, Zoe, Baloo, Lucy and Miss Maudie.
The family would like to offer a very special thank you to the nurses at Metrowest Medical Center’s CVU and to the staff at CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice for their compassion and exceptional care of Margi and her family in her final weeks of life.
Friends and family are invited to join us in remembering Margi on Saturday, June 1, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Cushing Memorial Chapel, 60 Dudley Road, Framingham, from 3:30–4:30 PM. A celebration of her remarkable life and spirit will follow from 5:00–9:00 PM at La Cantina Italiana Restaurant (upstairs function room), 911 Waverley Street, Framingham.
Memorial contributions for metastatic breast cancer research may be made to METAvivor Research and Support, 1783 Forest Drive, #184, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.metavivor.org. To leave a condolence or share a memory, please click below.
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