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Posted:  10/7/14

Margaret Dick Dies at Age 89

Margaret Dick passed away on September 25, 2014 at her home in Rutland at the age of 89. Margaret was an avid and accomplished golfer winning the Rutland Club Championship seven times between 1967 and 1994.  She also won the Rutland Senior Championship in 2000  and the Super Senior Club Championship in 1998 and 1999.  In 1998, she also won the VSWGA Senior Legends Championship.

For many years, Margaret served the VSWGA on the Course Rating Committee.  Starting in 2005, the VSWGA established the Margaret Dick Trophy, which is awarded to the winning club in the Mid-Amateur Championship, in her honor.

In 2003, Margaret was featured in the "Important People In Golf" section of the 2003 Vermont Golf Magazine.   "Few people have given as much to women's golf in Vermont as Margaret Dick."  says Vermont Golf Magazine writer Arthur Ristau.  At 77, Margaret is an avid golfer with a 16 handicap and the driving force behind the Rating Committee.  Cathy Brown, VSWGA President, is quoted in the article as saying "She is highly respected by her peers, not only as a competitive golfer and course rating chair, but for her character, honesty and genuineness.  She's just a great person."

Margaret Lois Reynolds Dick, daughter of Claudius I. Reynolds and Bessie Elizabeth Williamson, died peacefully at her home on September 25, 2014.

Margaret was predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Bernard R. Dick, and by her sister Elizabeth Christine Warren and her brother Joseph Norwood Reynolds.

Margaret is survived by her two loving daughters and sons-in-law Amy and Richard Fechtor of West Hartford, CT, and Abigail and David LaPointe of North Port, FL; three "pride of her life" granddaughters, Stephanie F. Coroso and her husband Brian, Michelle l. Fechtor, and Jacqueline N. ("Jake") Larson and her fiance Brian Cici.

Other survivors include her nephew Dr. Michael Dick and his wife Susan of Rutland, her niece Susan Unger and her husband Syd of Larchmont, N.Y., and her niece Kyna Epstein and her husband Richard of Metairie, LA.

Margaret was loved by many grand nieces and nephews and very dear friends, especially those who were with her this past year as she gallantly and stubbornly fought the effects of Parkinson's disease.

After graduating from Woman's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. Degree in 1947, Margaret went on to get her master of science from Wellesley College before teaching at Sweet Briar College and Guilford College as an assistant professor. During school summer vacations, she was Athletic Director at Camp Birchwood where she was swept off her feet by the dashing camp lawyer and soon to be husband "Bernie."

Margaret was an accomplished golfer, winning the Rutland Country Club Championship 7 times between 1967 and 1994, the Senior Championship in 2000, The Super Seniors Club Championship in 1998 and 1999, and she was the Vermont State Senior Amateur Legends Champion in 1998.

For many years including 2014, the "Margaret Dick Trophy" was presented by the VSWGA Mid-Amateur Championship to the winning club. Remarkably, Margaret also had time to create with Betty Phelps the girls tennis team at Rutland High School and as coach led the team to 3 Vermont State Championships.

When not golfing or doting on Bernie, her children and grandchildren, Margaret was active in The Community Cupboard, Rutland County Well baby Clinic, Rutland Hospital Book Wagon, Rutland Jewish Center, the Rutland Free Library where she was a past board member and in her later years, she took great pride in being an active participant with the Movers and Shakers Club.

A reception in celebration of Margaret's life will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014, at noon at The Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland, VT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S.E. First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or to the Rutland Community Cupboard, 191 Columbian Ave., Rutland, VT 05701, or to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tossing Funeral Home.

Obituary from the Rutland Herald, September 27, 2014