Margaret E. Stokes

Nov. 30, 1919 - Dec. 25, 2012

     Margaret E. Stokes, who was 93 and lived at the mobile home park on Oakview Highway in East Hampton, died at home on Christmas Day. She had lived in this area for more than 30 years.
    Ms. Stokes enjoyed spending time with her family and loved a good yard sale or a treasure-hunting trip to the East Hampton Town dump in the days when reusable items were collected and distributed. She also played bingo and Scrabble and was an active member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Whether cooking for her family or crocheting afghans, her Yorkshire terriers — Tootsie, Toby, and Lacey — kept her company. Janet Dillon was her longtime caregiver and companion.
    Ms. Stokes was born in Ridgewood, Queens, on Nov. 30, 1919, the daughter of George Heinrich and the former Katherine Mueller. She and Jeremiah J. Whooley were married on Sept. 2, 1940. He died in 1957. Her second marriage, on July 12, 1963, was to Patrick J. Stokes, who died in 1972.
    Before relocating to East Hampton, Ms. Stokes had worked as a part-time teacher in Ozone Park, a library assistant in Queens, and in the gift-wrapping department the Gertz department store in Jamaica.
    She is survived by two children, Kathleen M. Barry of Noyac and Jerry Whooley of Clarendon, Vt., and by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    A Mass of Christian burial is to be said at Most Holy Trinity Church at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19. The Rev. Msgr. John C. Nosser will officiate.