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Marguerite (Patterson) DeWitt

May 14, 1924 ~ May 7, 2019 (age 94)

Marguerite Patterson Dewitt, of Danbury died on Tuesday May 7, 2019 following a short illness at the age of 94. Marguerite was born May 14, 1924 in Benson, Vt. to the late Martin and Mary (Strong) Patterson. 

Marguerite married her high school sweetheart Harry Parker Dayton in 1947 after his return from combat in WWII.  The young family relocated to Danbury, Ct. in 1960.  Marguerite worked for the former Caldor department store in Brookfield until its closing then Fairfield Processing in Danbury until her retirement in 1989.  Marguerite’s first marriage ended, and in 1981 she married Robert Dewitt. 

Marguerite’s first love was always her family, especially her 5 beloved grandchildren.  In her years after retirement she discovered to joy of RV’ing and accompanied her son Ed and his family on many excursions.  She also enjoyed many hours of relaxation of her son Gary’s boat.        

Marguerite is survived by 2 sons Rev. Ed Dayton and his wife Patty of Danbury and Gary Dayton and his wife Kate McDonnold of Newtown.  4 grandchildren Synthia (Robert) Gillette of New Milford, Adam (Laura) Dayton of Stratford, Larissa (Michael) Mulhall of Bethel and Jillian (William) Mahlmeister of New Milford and several nieces and nephews.  There are also 14 greatgrandchildren who will miss their nana very much.  Marguerite was predeceased by her parents, and husband, 3 brothers, Robert (Frances) Patterson, Donald (Emma) Patterson, Martin (Emma) Patterson, a grandson Edward Dayton II and 2 great granddaughters Ellery and Alexa Gillette.

In 2012 granddaughter Larissa published a book of Marguerite’s memories titled “Life On The Farm and After”.  Marguerite’s closing remark was “My life has been fulfilling and I can say I have enjoyed it.  I have a wonderful family and true friends”. 

A memorial service will take place on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 10:30am in the Long Ridge United Methodist Church, 201 Long Ridge Rd. Danbury with Rev. Parker Prout officiating.  Internment will be in Benson, Vt. at a later date. The family will receive friends at Hull Funeral Home, 60 Division St. Danbury on Friday May 17, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.  Hull Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.   To leave an online condolence please visit www.hullfuneralservice.com  

 Donations can be made to the United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR) at www.umcor.org          

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