Beth E. McKinstry

May 13, 1965 - January 1, 2018

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Obituaries » Beth E. McKinstry

Beth Ellen McKinstry, 52, of Ridgewood Terrace passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at her home after a brief illness. Born May 13, 1965 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Thomas and Melanie (Walker) Magwire. She attended Barre Town Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School with the class of 1983. After graduation she made her home in Barre Town. Beth was employed as a para-educator and administrative assistant with the Barre City School System for over 25 years. She was a member of the Vermont and National Education Associations. In her spare time, Beth was a bargain hunter and enjoyed poking around thrift stores, she loved going to the beach and helping others. Most of all, she loved spending time with friends and family, especially her grandson. Survivors include her partner Michael A. Walker of Barre Town; her parents, Thomas and Melanie Magwire of Graniteville; her daughter Lauren McKinstry and her fiancée David Gilbert and their son, Karsen Gilbert of Williamstown; her son Stephen McKinstry and his fiancée Mandy Imburgio of Williamstown; her brother Darin Magwire and his partner, Amanda Young of Graniteville; her sister Cynthia Fitzgerald and her partner Gary Couture of Ward, CO; her paternal grandmother Shirley Webb of Graniteville; and her uncle David Walker and his wife, Sandra of Chester, VT; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her maternal Grandmother Idabelle Walker and her husband, Lawrence; and her paternal Grandfather Harold Magwire. A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hedding United Methodist Church, 40 Washington Street, Barre, VT. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601 or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre assisted her family with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit

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