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Margaret Sophia Hunt

June 2, 1929 — April 16, 2022

Margaret S. Hunt “beloved mother and grandmother”

WHITESVILLE, NY---Margaret Sophia “Margie” Hunt, 92, a lifelong resident of Whitesville, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, April 16, 2022, after a long illness.

Born on Sunday, June 2, 1929 in Hallsport, she was a daughter of Alfred H. and Ella Mae Teater Billings. On November 26, 1949 at the former Christian Temple in Wellsville, she married Leon A. Hunt, who passed away on July 18, 1998.

Margaret attended school in Whitesville. She was first employed at the former glove factories in Whitesville and Wellsville. She and her husband were lifelong farmers in Whitesville.

She enjoyed flowers, making homemade butter, canning, and picking blackberries in July and August. She loved to cook and bake; apple pies, cookies, and donuts were her family’s favorites, along with the many area kids who she welcomed into her home. Margaret loved dancing and believed she had the canny ability to understand someone’s motives. Her greatest love was her family.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Leah L. (Lloyd) Potter of Whitesville and Lois A. (Burdette) Cowburn of Ulysses. Pa.; a son, Gary M. Hunt of Whitesville; a son-in-law, David Whitesell of Hornell; twenty-five grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Noreen K. Whitesell; seven siblings, Alfred Billings, John Billings, Archie Billings, James Billings, LeRoy Billings, Tom Billings, Virgil Billings, and Katherine Hunt.

Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 12 noon with Margaret’s grandsons officiating. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery, Hallsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, 508 Main Street, Whitesville, NY 14897.

Margaret’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Margaret, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Margaret Sophia Hunt, please visit our flower store.

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