The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
Margaret (Addis) Guynn Monthei
Margaret (Addis) Guynn Monthei, 94, of Durham, CT, passed on March 2, 2023, at Aaron Manor, Chester, after a long illness. Maggie was born in Middletown on April 1, 1928, to Robert and Florence (Miller) Addis. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, class of ‘46 and was married to Harland L. Guynn in 1949, until his passing in 1974. She later married Julius Monthei of Middlefield in 1989, until his passing in 1995.
Growing up on the Addis Farm on Smith St in the Westfield district of Middletown in the 30’s and 40’s, Maggie was fully engaged in the various chores common to a Farmer’s Daughter of that era. In addition to tending to the dairy herd, delivering milk and dealing with their tobacco crop, she was seen regularly riding her Palomino, Lady. Over the years, Maggie held positions at Pratt & Whitney, EIS, and the State of Connecticut Library Service Center, retiring in 1990. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother (Pack 33, Middlefield), on the Board of the Levi E. Coe Library and on the Middlefield Federated Church Board of Deacons. In addition to her love of making jewelry and reading, Maggie enjoyed travel adventures including Hot Air Ballooning, River Rafting, trips to Europe, Alaska, Canada, Puerto Rico and a couple of trips to Disney World with her grandchildren.
Margaret is survived by her three children: Robert Guynn and wife, Claudia, of Durham; Gary Guynn and wife, Jackie, of Cobalt; Suellen (Guynn) Woody and husband, Mike, of Chester; and stepson Tom Monthei
and wife, Doreen, of Cheshire. Maggie also leaves five grandchildren: Rebecca (Guynn) Carroll and husband, Jeremy, of Middletown; Bethany (Guynn) Ty and husband, Jon, of Middletown; Jason Woody of Westbrook; Kyle Woody of Colchester; Emily (Guynn) Vincent and husband, Matt, of North Madison. She also leaves 7 great-grandchildren: Jessica Hernandez, Mikayla Camarda, Aislinn Carroll, Zoe Carroll, Jordyn Ty, Maddox Ty, Brooklynn Vincent and an 8th expected in August. She was predeceased by brothers John and Chester McCoid of Westfield and a sister Lois (McCoid) Palys of Meriden.
A Celebration of life will be held on March 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St., Middletown. Interment will follow at the Middlefield Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001, at www. alzfdn.org, or by phone at 866-232-8484. To place online condolences, visit: www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.