Andover — Margaret was born in Richmond, Va., May 4, 1922, to Albert S. and Margaret (Edson) Carman. Along with her brother Bert, the family lived in several locations along the East Coast, settling in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she graduated high school in 1940, as class treasurer, an honor student, and voted "most respected." She went on to graduate from Skidmore College in 1944, where she was the "arty art major."
As with so many in her generation, WWII defined Margaret in many ways. During college, Margaret volunteered as an aide in a New York City hospital, and then joined the Navy in her senior year as a WAVE. After graduation, she served as a communications officer and assistant to the commandant in the Navy Yard in Brooklyn. She quickly married her college sweetheart, Robert A. Pustell. They had a brief period of occasionally seeing each other before he shipped out to Europe as a combat lieutenant in the infantry. They made a life and a family when he returned from Europe safe again. Once they got Robert through his college degree, Margaret and Robert contributed to the baby boom by having five children, Robert, James, Marie, John, and Stephen.
The young family lived in assorted locations from Ohio to Massachusetts before settling for a long term in Melrose, Mass., and an even longer time in Andover, Mass.
Margaret was a staunch advocate for the environment and for her community. Lending her strong art skills to any useful service, promoting recycling and Earth Day, and anything her children or friends were involved in. In Melrose, she helped start the conservation commission, and in Andover, she participated in the early years of the Andover recycling efforts, often personally picking up missed recycled goods so no one would sour on the program. She worked hard on the Andover recycling, AVIS, and the Community Paths committees.