Margaret A. (Pinto) Yates


Margaret A. (Pinto) Yates of Falmouth died peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at the age of 103 at Atria Woodbriar Assisted Living in Falmouth, which had been her home for the past several years.

Mrs. Yates was the daughter of Capt. Armindo J. Pinto and Mary S. Pinto. She was born on Martha’s Vineyard at her family home in Vineyard Haven on April 24, 1911.

Margaret and George R. Yates were married on Nov. 7, 1935, and enjoyed 71 years of marriage before George died in 2006. Margaret was a graduate of the Truesdale Hospital nursing program, and her husband George was a registered pharmacist.

In March of 1944 they purchased Tilton’s Drug Store on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, renaming the business Yates’ Drug Store. The couple were fixtures in the community until their retirement in 1969.

After selling their business, Margaret and George spent winters in Boynton Beach, Fla., returning to Cape Cod for their summers. The Yates were residents of Falmouth since 1981.

Margaret will always be remembered by her family and friends as a caring, generous, and kind woman. Margaret enjoyed life, and saw many modern innovations; she enjoyed informing her visitors that she was older than the Titanic, and could remember traveling on a train from Falmouth to New Bedford that never crossed a canal. Margaret had a sharp wit and quick mind, and never lost the ability to entertain visitors young and old with stories of her childhood and youth, particularly the simpler days spent on the Vineyard.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George R. Yates, and son, George R. Yates Jr.

Private burial service will be at 1 pm, Thursday, April 9, in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven. For online guestbook and obituary, please visit