Margaret M. Navarra, 99, of Dunedin, Florida passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family in Lake City, Florida, on June 11, 2020. She was one month shy of her 100th birthday. Margaret was born to George F. and Yvonne (Robert) McMahon on July 14, 1920 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
As the eldest in a family of six children, she was a role model to her five siblings. She graduated the youngest in her class at the age of 15 from Holyoke High School before attending business school. She married Salvatore Navarra and resided in Bayonne, New Jersey, prior to retiring to the Tampa Bay Area. After Sal’s death, she moved to Dunedin to care for her elderly parents. As Margaret’s health regressed, she transitioned to the Mease Manor Retirement Community in Dunedin where she lived for 15 years, until most recently when she relocated to Lake City to be with her family.
Margaret’s professional career included acting as the Chief Administrator of the WW II Draft Board in Holyoke, MA, and working at the Food & Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. She also served as the Executive Administrator of Beacon Homes in the New Port Richey area. Margaret was actively involved in her parish at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a participating member of the Red Hat Society. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Salvatore Navarra, her brothers George F. McMahon, Jr. (Deland FL) and Paul G. McMahon (Naples, FL & Dalton, MA) and her sister Mary Hambleton (Torrance, CA).
She is survived by her sister Muriel (Louis) Tozzi of Fort Belvoir, VA and her brother Robert (Nancy) McMahon of Lake City, FL & West Springfield, MA, and 20 nieces and nephews. Margaret will be fondly remembered for her kindness, incredible wisdom, her commitment to her faith and her love of her family and friends.
Margaret’s Funeral Mass will be held on July 16th at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin, FL. The burial will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, FL. Donations in her memory can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
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