Orange - D. Nathalie "Nan" Magrath, 80 wife of the late Raymond C. Magrath Jr., died on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven. She was born April 19, 1926 in Dexter, Maine a daughter of the late Donald and Marion(Paul) Southard. Nan too great pleasure in helping to care for children of friends which she made lifelong relationships with. Nan loved to play bridge, antiques, tagging and loved to be around people. Until the time of her illness she enjoyed dog sitting for many friends. She will be remembered for the love she had for children. Nan is survived by two sons and their wives, David and Lynn Magrath of Breckenridge, CO, Raymond and Patricia Magrath of Clinton, Ct, two grandsons and their wives, Scott and Lauren Magrath and Peter and Kate Magrath all of New Hampshire and Donna Magrath. A Memorial Gathering will take place on Monday, January 22 at the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nan's memory may be made to the Ct. Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, Ct 06111 or to the charity of ones choice. To send a condolence please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com

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  1. I have fond memories of my Aunt Nan and her happy nature. I want to send my cousins Dave and Skip all my condolences for their loss.

  2. I will always remenber you for being my other Mom when I was growing up. Loving Thoughts Charlie

  3. My Dear Friend Nan – There will forever not be a Wed. that I will wake up and say .O.K.Nan., what movie will we see today and get a hot dog at Frankies. You entered my life and became a steadfast friend. I will miss you dearly but know you are now with your beloved Ray, angels forever. With Love, Barbara

  4. Nan was a second mother to me as I grew up. I was always excited to see her and Ray when they came to the beach every summer. It was always the highlight to my summer. I was so proud to bring my children to see her when we drove through Conn. on our way to visit Jim’s family. Any chance to share my life with her I took it. I survived a lot when writing to her and I always knew she would write back with words of wisdom and words of encouragement and strength. I will miss her unwavering faith in all of life’s twists and turns. Knowing that every one had a lesson and it was up to us to pay attention to figure out what they were. She always could. Even if I couldn’t. And she always guided me down the right path when I felt lost. I am forever thankful to her for the things she taught me and the wisdom she shared. Nan taught me so much about life. The most important thing was to never take things for granted. A little surprise in everything is the light of life. It keeps you young and keeps you whole. I will miss Nan forever and a day. Until I meet her once again She will be forever in my thoughts and prayers. Nan, you are finally together with the best love of your life. I am happy for you being reunited with Ray. You two WERE the definition of LOVE. I love you, Dianne (Turgeon) Biggs

  5. Nan was always like my favorite .auntie. growing up with Dave, Raymond and Pete. I will always remember her great smile and the way she always made me so happy. Although we went on off living our own lives, she touched so many of us with her just being herself, .Nan.. Ron (352)406-1951

  6. Nan was my -Other Mother-. I was less then 1 year old when my Mom & Dad moved to Fredrick St in Westville. Nan and Mac and their new born – Skipper- to me, every one else calls him Raymond moved in just around the corner. Our two families became best of friends. As a young boy Nan was always there to watch over me, clean up my cuts and bruises, wipe my tears away and assure me that every thing would be OK. Over the past 60 years I have always known that if I needed a little -Mothers Love or sound advise- she was just a quick phone call away. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. As I write these words, I have tears streaming down my face and there is a big empty place in me. My heart goes out the Skip & Dave Pete Podoloff

  7. Nan was very kind,caring,giving and having much love, for her family and dear friends. Nan lived her life sharing all of this, and more over her life time. In her younger years she extended those feelings to the many children she cared for, while there parents had to work. In later years she opened her home, with those exact feelings for the many doggies she sat for, while there owners were away. Doing this til’ the day she passed onto a very fine place. She is now with her beloved Ray, and the rest of the family she has not seen for quite awhile. She used to feel that she had been very blessed to be able to have lived the life she had. Looking down on the rest of us now, I am sure she feels that very way. Nan will always be in my thoughts and prayers, and in my heart. Her children and grand-children will carry her love with them each day for the rest of there lives, Until they meet again,in a better place and time.

  8. we are thinking of you and your family as you mourn both the loss of nan, and also celebrate the life you all shared with this lovely woman. our fondest memories are of nan with scott and pete; always being their cheerleader and caring grandmother. her smile and upbeat manner will always be a lasting recollection for those of us whose children grew up around her. our sincerest sympathy, john and frani, and children

  9. We came to know Nan through the Jaensch family(across the street). Since our children are close in age, Nan would sometimes watch them toghether, or sometimes .sit. for us at our home. Either way, she was loved by all. The girls(now teens) still refer to the time Nan taught them not to wander out without letting someone know where you’re going…a great lesson…We also shared many conversations about our four-legged friends. Nan had a wonderful warmth which radiated out even when you spoke to her over the phone. We would like to send our condolences to her family. Most sincerely, Art Rebecca, Abbie and Hayley Strichman

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