Margaret Toliver Garner, 96, known to friends and family as Peggy or Peg, died peacefully at home in Lincolnville Beach on May 17, 2012. Born in Beckley, W.Va., she spent most of her childhood in Danville, Ky., where her grandfather introduced her to the pleasures of gardening at an early age. She attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where she met her future husband, Marvin “Red” Garner.

Following her graduation in 1936 she moved to New York City, where she earned a degree in library science at Columbia University. She and Red married in 1941. She worked for the New York Public Library until 1947, when she and her husband moved to Potsdam, N.Y., where they worked at the State University of New York, she as a librarian and he as chair of the art department.

They spent 25 years in Potsdam, but a family trip to Robinhood Cove in 1953 began their lifelong love of Maine. Four years later they began establishing Maine roots when, with two good friends and business partners, the late Clela Reeves and the late Ruth Warfel, they acquired the building in Lincolnville Beach now occupied by the Whale’s Tooth Pub.

Within a few years they had established a seasonal shop there, Lincolnville Studios, featuring books, Red’s pottery, and other crafts. In 1972 they moved to Maine permanently, becoming year-round residents of Lincolnville Beach, where Peggy had the time and space to be able to indulge her love of gardening. Peggy was an avid reader and loved music; with her husband she held season tickets for Bay Chamber Concerts for many years.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Red; her daughter, Sallee Garner, and son-in-law, Keith Searls; and numerous dear friends.

In keeping with her wishes there are no services planned. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mount Battie St., Camden, ME 04843, Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, Bok Medical Arts Bldg., 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841, or Bay Chamber Concerts, 18 Central St., P.O. Box 599, Rockport, ME 04856.