Margaret Eaton Conklin, 81, first director of Good Neighbor Center in West Point

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Margaret Eaton Conklin
Margaret Eaton Conklin

After 81 years of service and celebration, Margaret Eaton Conklin passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2016.

A registered nurse for 30 years, Peg worked in various specialties, including the emergency room, later serving in private duty and geriatric care. Her constant focus was on nurturing others through her upbeat, compassionate engagement.

After retiring, Peg served as the first Director of the Good Neighbor Center in West Point, VA, fulfilling this role for 17 years. With the support of many area churches through the West Point Ministerial Association, she dedicated herself to helping families in crisis as part of an ecumenical effort to elevate the community. She was a longtime active member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Point, VA, spending years in prison ministry.

Peg was tremendously devoted to her husband, Capt. Andrew J. Conklin Sr., (USN, Ret.) who predeceased her. Their early life together was an adventure of travel between duty stations, their six children, pets and gear crowded into vehicles full to near bursting. Their lives were enriched by their many beloved animal companions. Stray animals seemed to sense Peg was a safe bet, and she proved them right many times.

As a certified Master Gardener, Peg applied her nurturing spirit to the ever present patch of vegetables and flowers wherever they called home. Peg was loved and doted upon by her children, Jennifer Thompson, Carrie, Andrew (Mary Catherine), Mary Silva (Michael), James and Thomas (Jackie), as well as her 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was also a trained hypnotherapist, her short practice devoted almost entirely to getting her children to keep their rooms clean. They were generally resistant to hypnotic suggestion.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at St. Olaf, Patron of Norway Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, VA. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Peg will be buried next to her beloved husband Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Neighbor Center, West Point, VA; or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.