6/24/2015 — 

Mr. REED. Mr. President, today I pay tribute to a great Rhode

Islander, Marguerite K. McKay, who passed away last month at the age of


 Marguerite Katherine McCrudden was born in Providence on September

15, 1918, and grew up in the Smith Hill neighborhood of the city. One

of six children, she attended St. Patrick's High School in Providence

and graduated from Bryant College in 1938.

  Marguerite spent much of her professional life dedicated to the city

of Providence. She began her career in the Building Inspector's Office,

and later moved to the Providence School Department, where she worked

until she retired.

  Marguerite married Franklin Richard McKay in 1950, and together they

had one child, Bernard. Franklin served as a city councilman and city

solicitor in Attleboro, MA, and both he and Marguerite were active in

the Attleboro community and their church parish, St. John the


  After Franklin's passing in 1968, Marguerite spent her time living in

Barrington, RI, and on Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. She enjoyed

cooking, gardening, swimming, and following politics. In her

retirement, she traveled extensively and remained active in her church,

St. Luke's in Barrington. In 2005, she moved to Reston, VA to be closer

to her family.

  Marguerite passed away in Reston in May. Her funeral was held on June

20 at her childhood church, St. Patrick's, in the Smith Hill

neighborhood of Providence. She was predeceased by her beloved grandson

Brendan, who passed away last year.

  I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Marguerite's son

Bernard and his wife Mary; her grandchildren Patrick, Conor, and

Rosemary; her three great-grandchildren; and her two surviving

siblings, Cornelius Bernard McCrudden and Mary McCrudden Broome.

Marguerite led a life of service to her community, and our State is

better for it. I know her example of good will and selflessness will

continue to sustain and inspire her family.