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Marilyn McGovern Ragsdale

March 6, 1944 December 13, 2016
Marilyn McGovern Ragsdale
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Obituary for Marilyn McGovern Ragsdale

Burlington - Marilyn McGovern Ragsdsale, age 72, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of December 13, 2016, at UVMMC with her loving family by her side after a 3 week struggle with an undiagnosed comatose condition.

She (and her twin brother) was born on March 6, 1944, in St Albans, Vermont to parents J. Russell (Pappy) McGovern and Elma Madeline (Maddy) Loomis McGovern. Their birth made the papers all the way to California and in between because it deferred their dad from being inducted into the Army.

“Mar” graduated from Champlain College and was very proud of her work as a legal secretary at
Governor Phil Hoff’s law firm in Burlington and her work at Ayerst Laboratories in Rouses Point
New York. In later years she worked for 8 years at Westview House under the auspices of
Howard Mental Health.

Mar was a friend to all. She loved her cats, especially Mia and over the years had more than
you could count. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved music. WJOY was a constant
companion on her radio day and night.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Sherri Anne Goodroe LaPlant and partner,Brian Murray, of
Georgia VT and son, Kelley Osgood and wife, Lyressa, of Bolton VT, twin brother Michael
McGovern and his wife, Melanie, of St Albans, VT, her older sister, Nancy L’Ecuyer and husband,
Paul, of Essex Junction, VT; grandchildren, Kristin Cooke and partner, Robbie Tyler, Joshua
LaPlant, Ethan Osgood and Mabel Osgood; great grandchildren (twins) Kathryn and Kyla
Cooke, Zachary Tyler and Chayse Tyler. She is also survived by her first husband, Chuck
Goodroe of California, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is pre-deceased by her parents, an infant brother, David William McGovern, stepmother,
Lillian Newcombe McGovern, husbands Ken Osgood and George Ragsdale.

Visiting hours will be held at Heald Funeral Home, 87 So Main St, St Albans, VT on Saturday,
December 17, 2016, at 10 AM followed by a memorial service at 11 at the funeral home. Burial
will be in late spring.

Her family wishes to heartily thank the doctors, nurses and staff in UVMMC ICU 4 for their
wonderful, compassionate and excellent care of Mar for the time she was in their care! We were
as well taken care of as Mar was!!

To send Marilyn’s family a written expression of sympathy, please go to our on-line guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

17

Dec

10:00 AM 12/17/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/17/2016 11:00:00 AM
Heald Funeral Home

87 S. Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 S. Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

A Memorial Service on

Saturday

17

Dec

11:00 AM 12/17/2016 11:00:00 AM
Heald Funeral Home

87 S. Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 S. Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place

Fairfax Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Fairfax Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States
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