Margaret M. Carroll, 97, lifelong resident of Millville, died March 13, 2021 at the Steere House in Providence, Rhode Island. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Anna (Masterson) Carroll.
She is survived by four nephews, Lawrence J. Carroll, Jr. (Madeline), Michael T. McGahan (Martha), John G. Carroll (Wendy) and Timothy J. McGahan; thirteen nieces, Sr. Anne Carroll SSJ, Ann Tabor Lane (Richard), Diane Carroll, Frances Carroll-Statler, Linda Carroll, Margaret McGahan Skehan (Dennis), Jane Tabor Martel (Sam), Maureen A. McGahan, Jill Tabor, Helen Carroll Kennedy, Kathleen C. McGahan, Carroll E. McGahan and Madonna McGahan Oftring; thirty four great nephews and nieces, twenty seven great-great nephews and nieces and one great-great-great nephew. Margaret was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas F., Lawrence C. and Rev. William A. Carroll SJ; two sisters, Elizabeth Carroll Tabor and Anne Carroll McGahan; nephews, Michael, William, Phillip and Thomas Carroll, Ernest and George Tabor; nieces, Jo Ann McGahan and Elizabeth Tabor Thompson.
Margaret was a dedicated teacher for 37 years in the Blackstone Millville Regional School District retiring in 1986. She graduated from Hill College and received her Masters Degree from Providence College. She was a highly-respected public servant who devoted her life to the Town of Millville and the greater Blackstone Valley. She served on numerous boards, committees and commissions, including as a charter member of the Millville Historical Commission, the Chestnut Hill Meeting House and Cemetery Association, a charter member of the Volunteers in Parks Program with the National Park Service, a charter member of the Blackstone Millville Educational Foundation, the Millville Cable Commission, the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Heritage Corridor Commission and Education Chairman of the Heritage Homecoming Weekend. Margaret was a Trustee of the Veterans Memorial Park and served as Vice Chairman of the Millville Elementary School Building Committee. The Margaret M. Carroll Auditorium was named in her honor. In 2016 she was a member of the Centennial Celebration Committee where she directed a Millville Memories Show and served as a Grand Marshall of the Centennial Parade.
Margaret received numerous awards for her public service throughout her life, including the John H. Chaffee Award in 2001 from the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission and the Local Preservationist Award in 2010 from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for her passion and dedication to Millville and the Blackstone River Valley. The gazebo at the Veterans Memorial Park was recently dedicated to her in recognition of her life and service to the town.
Margaret's love and devotion to her hometown of Millville was unparalleled. She was so proud of the town and the part it played in the Blackstone Valley and shared that love with all. She testified at a hearing before the United States Congress to have the Blackstone Valley designated a National Corridor to preserve for present and future generations the unique and significant value of the Valley.
Margaret was a devoted member of St Augustine's Parish in Millville, where she served on the Building Committee for both the Church and St. Monica's Parish Center. She was Vice Chairman of both the Pastoral Council and the 125th Anniversary Committee. She devoted countless hours to the youth of the Parish through her work with the Catholic Youth Council.
Margaret had a tremendous impact and positive influence on countless people, but it was her love of family that was above all else. "Maggie" to her family, was a devoted and unconditional supporter of every member of her loving extended family. She was so proud of their accomplishments large or small and they in turn showered her with affection.
The family wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the wonderful care and support Margaret received from the Staff at the Steere House.
Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine's Church, 17 Lincoln St, Millville, Massachusetts 01529.