Margaret C. Hathaway

August 29, 1926August 10, 2018

Margaret C. Hathaway ONEONTA, New York - Margaret Cunningham Hathaway, 91, of Oneonta, died in her home on August 10th surrounded by her family, following a long illness. She was born on August 29, 1926, Margaret Lucille Cunningham, in Rochester, the daughter of M. Anne Hutchison and Wesley Yarwood Cunningham. Her sister, Dr. Elizabeth Faris, brother-in-law, Dr. Art Faris, nephew, Christopher Faris and long time companion, William C. Manley, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, James T Hathaway (Japan), daughter, Nan E. Hathaway (Vermont), daughter, Jeannette H. Monaco (Florida), daughter, Amy H. Gilbert (New York), her son-in-laws, William Gilbert, Israel Reinish and James M. Monaco, her grandchildren, Libby H. Reinish, Hannah H. Reinish, Yuki E. Hathaway Yokokawa, Sumi R. Hathaway Yokokawa, Yuma Yamana Hathaway and Nayef Smith, his wife Cheryl Smith, great grandchildren Miles Smith, Bryce Smith, great-great-grandchild Levi Smith and her sister's children Thomas, Gregory, Ann Faris and grand-nephew Jaalid Faris. Margaret (Peg) earned her BFA in 1948 and her MA in 1951 from Syracuse University which included graduate study from the University of London, England in 1951. She was a proud member of the founding American chapter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Syracuse and received both the Delta Phi Roh award for arts education and the Edi Pi Epsilon award for academic success. Peg was additionally honored with membership in the National Leadership Honor Society, SUNY Oneonta Circle in recognition of conspicuous attainment and service in collegiate activities (1996) and was a Honoris Causa member of OMICRON DELTA KAPPA. Peg taught art at both the primary and secondary levels teaching at Oneonta Junior High School, Leonia Junior/Senior High School, Leonia NJ; and Laurens Central School for 19 years, where she was named Teacher of the year in 1980, retiring in 1989 and beginning a scholarship for art soon afterwards. She was published in professional journals including "School Arts" and was an enthusiastic supporter of art education. A talented watercolor artist, Peg was a member of a weekly figure drawing group, exhibited her work throughout the state and was honored by CANO (Community Arts Network of Oneonta) by having a gallery named in her honor (the Hathaway Gallery) at the Wilber Mansion, a building where she taught children's art classes for many summers and which she marched to protect in 1964. Peg was a devoted mother who encouraged all her four children to pursue their passions and share their talents. A self-described opera buff, Peg loved to attend both Glimmerglass opera and performances at the MET. She also loved travel, camping, watercolor painting, gardening, playing bridge, reading, rooting for the New York Yankees and spending time with her children and grandchildren. An avid reader, Peg belonged to the Monday Night Book Club that has been meeting continuously since 1956, more than 60 years. Peg was dedicated to public service, working with other committed people to make a difference in her community. She served as a charter member of the Oneonta League of Women Voters receiving accolades in 2008 (Personifies the LWVNYS) and served on the Board of Directors as Voter Service Chair, Action Chair and three times as president of the league. Peg served on the League of Women Voters of New York State Board of Directors as Voter Service Director, moderated many League Candidates Nights, worked on creation of publications of "Facts for Voters" and "First Vote" and presented numerous "Community Forums" and served as the first Vice-President of the Citizens Education Committee. Additional volunteer work included serving as a member of the American Association of University Women and of the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts Board of Directors and served on committees and councils including serving as member and chair of the Oneonta Job Corps Center Community Relations Council, Advisory Board of the Oneonta Sexual Assault Network, LEAF (Leatherstocking Education Alcohol Foundation) and Planned Parenthood committee. She served as a member and Chair of the City of Oneonta Public Safety Board and for many years as a member of the Town of Oneonta Zoning Board of Appeals and as Zoning Board Chair. Peg attended the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta and served on the Board of Trustees, as a member and president of the Board of Directors and three times as church moderator. Peg credited her grandmother, for her public service and community involvement, as her role model and remembers her being the only woman to hold elected office in the 1930s. She was most proud of "raising four kids who are each fine adults also working to make a difference!" At Peg's request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial service will be held in her honor by her family on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2 PM the Unitarian Universalist Church on Ford Avenue in Oneonta, NY. In lieu of flowers Peg asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice or LWVs of Oneonta Area, CANO or UU Church. To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit


  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 12, 2018

Margaret C. Hathaway

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Kevin Pascale

August 12, 2018

To the Hathaway Family. I have many fond memories spending afternoons at Wilber Mansion with your mom engaging in creative art activities. I also remember fondly growing up with the Hathaways on West Street. Your mom will be remembered as a considerate and caring person. Love.

Jacqueline Ashton Semit

August 11, 2018

I had Mrs.Hathaway in Art CLass at Lauren's Central School in 1971, she was a wonderful teacher and a great inspiration for me and all of her students.she will be greatly missed by us all! God bless you!