Margret S. “Maggie” Wilcox, 80, died unexpectedly Aug. 17, 2010, while driving her car near the Field of Dreams in Unity.

Born in Cleveland Nov. 27, 1929, she was a daughter of Albert P. and Lillian (Eckman) Schnaitman. Maggie received her bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College, her master’s degree in botany from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. in paleobotany from Cornell University.

Through her life, Maggie lived in Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and Maine. She was a college professor for many years and subsequently a piano teacher. Having taught piano for over 30 years since moving to Maine, her students were all ages, from young children through adults. She was instrumental in organizing recitals and puppet shows with her students and also played piano for a number of churches.

Maggie was a master gardener and loved spending time gardening in both vegetable and flower gardens. She maintained a public flower garden in Unity that she designed as part of her degree work in master gardening. In addition to gardening, Maggie loved to bake bread, and particularly liked giving it as a gift at dinners and other gatherings.

For many years, she served on the Board of Selectmen for the town of Unity.

Maggie was described as “a house afire,” who was always happy and on the go.

She is survived by three children, Karen Etchberger and her husband, Cory, of Schwenksville, Pa., Julie Szczech of Rockland and Terry Wilcox of Ellsworth; a brother, Carl Schnaitman; a granddaughter, Madison Etchberger; her beloved dog, Catti, and her cat, Percy; and her granddogs, Duncan, Annie, Meg, Lobo, Montana and Trace.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held Monday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Unity Centre for Performing Arts in Unity. The Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet will officiate.

If desired, memorial donations in Maggie’s memory may be made to Unity Barn Raisers, P.O. Box 381, Unity, ME 04988.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.