Margaret Cosgrove Dayton
October 23, 1928 – January 3, 2015
Margaret Cosgrove Dayton, 86, longtime Newark resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 3, 2015.
Born in Staten Island, NY to the late Thomas and Marion “Buddy” Cosgrove, Margaret was raised with her two sisters, Ellin and Mary Anne and two brothers Tom and John in Greenwich, CT. A graduate of the College of New Rochelle she was married in 1950 to the late Herbert S. Dayton, Jr.
She lived for her family. Between raising seven children, shuttling them between baseball games, swim team practice, and many other activities, she never missed having dinner on the table. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time at the beach with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed tennis, playing bridge and reading.
After raising her children, Margaret put her practical experience and college degree together and began working for the State of Delaware in Child Protective Services. She worked with foster children and helped families in difficult situations.
She is survived by her children Spence(Carroll), Bob(Teri), Dick(Carroll), Liz(Rob), Jeff(Pat), Carol(Alan) and Margaret(Everett). She is also survived by her baby sister, Mary Anne Ridoux, 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Sunday evening, January 11, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday morning, January 12, 2015 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the ALS Hope Foundation, 1333 Race Street, Suite 202, P.O. Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA 19107.