Margaret A. (Pinto) Yates of Falmouth died peacefully on April 5 at Atria Woodbriar Assisted Living in Falmouth, her home for the past several years. She was 103.

She 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 was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George R. Yates, and her son George R. Yates Jr. She and George were married on Nov. 7, 1935 and enjoyed 71 years of marriage before George’s death in 2006.

She 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, where 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’ had been residents of Falmouth since 1981.

Margaret will always be remembered by her family and friends as a caring, generous and kind woman. She 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.

A private interment service will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. For online guest book and obituary, visit