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Marguerite Jones Hastings 12/6/1915 - 5/14/2019 --a Tribute

Marguerite’s working career was in social work culminating as Maryland State Director for Developmental Disability. She retired in 1982 after 35 dynamic years. An introduction to rug hooking in an evening recreation class with her friend Eve Farmer, started a second career as a “happy hooker”. She joined ATHA. Through teacher workshops and classes from FL, GA, NC, VA, WV, MD, PA, MA, ME, and CA, she became a twice-accredited McGown teacher.  As the Mason-Dixon chapter's first Regional ATHA Chairman, she helped stage the 1976 National McGown Rug Exhibit at the Garrison Forest School, near Baltimore, which Pearl McGown attended. From 1983-1985, Marguerite was president of the Mason-Dixon Chapter. She attended the Maryland Shores Workshops from its beginning in 1993 through 2015, when three hours of extended travel from Cockeysville became too difficult.  She taught classes at several churches and in her home until she was 102. She exhibited at the MD State Fair, winning many blue ribbons and two President's Awards. In 2015, she was acknowledged as the Fairs oldest participant. She took great pride and joy in the accomplishments of her students, who, with her family, will miss her greatly.