Born in Baltimore, MD, Maggie’s father was the President of the largest railroad in the U.S. and Canada. Because of his position, her family moved a few times, from Maryland to St. Louis, Missouri, to a suburb of Chicago.
Maggie has lived and worked in a number of states primarily working in the field of healthcare. Now a retired nurse, she held positions in critical care and was a supervisor in the recovery room. According to Maggie, “By the time I reached the burn-out point I switched to being a public health nurse in the schools.”
Maggie met her wife, Rebecca Moscoso, online nearly nine years ago. The couple talked on the phone and emailed a lot before actually meeting in person. For Maggie, “It was love at first sight and since that time we have been each other’s best friend and spouse.” They were married on May 26, 2012, with the official Delaware license dated July 2013.
After they moved to Delaware in 2009, Maggie worked for the Division of Public Health as a nursing supervisor for Field Nursing (home visiting nurses). After two years it was time to retire and “what a joy it is!” Besides volunteering for CAMP Rehoboth, Maggie also volunteers at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, MD.
Maggie and Rebecca reside in Ocean View with their dog, Petey, also known as Petey Kilroy when he’s bad. Both of the ladies have large families, with grandchildren, nieces, and nephews helping to keep them very busy.
When did you start volunteering at CAMP and what events/activities have you been involved with since?
I started in 2012 initially helping with mailings, working at the front desk as well as working events. I love them all.
What’s your best memory volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth?
My best memories continue to evolve. I love the interaction with all the volunteers and members. Meeting new visitors is wonderful as they are so enthralled with the organization and the beach itself. It allows me to see our wonderful organization for what it is—a welcoming and peaceful place to meet for ALL.
Of the many events held by CAMP Rehoboth, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite is Sundance. The sheer amount of work, and coordination of volunteers it takes to put on the event is unbelievable. The fact that everyone works to the same end is terrific. How many organizations are known to function this way? It’s exciting to work for hours on end with folks who want to do their best. It’s so rewarding for me.
Favorite season at the beach and why?
Summer. It’s vibrant and alive with all kinds of people who come to relax and enjoy the beach. Despite the world’s problems there is still room for great joy at CAMP as well as our great town of Rehoboth Beach.
Name a childhood crush or idol.
I’m going to show my age but I loved Barbara Stanwyck. I enjoyed her roles in westerns. To me she was so strong and independent. That she could command men seemed quite intriguing to me.
Most inspiring moment?
Watching my Dad give an acceptance speech before thousands of union workers. He spoke with such conviction about workers rights and when the crowd roared and chanted his name I became awestruck.
You’re a fly on the wall of any room, who’s in that room and what are/were they talking about?
The Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King discussing peace and non-violence.
Favorite U.S. city and why?
Baltimore City, MD. I was born and raised there. It was such an innocent time in the late ‘50s and all appeared well. Whenever I’m there I feel at home.
Name three of your “bucket list” items.
I don’t have a bucket list. Everyday is special and I strive to have some impact on nature and those around me.
Best year of your life and why?
2005, when I met Rebecca!
Favorite holiday and why?
July 4th. It’s a gathering of family and enjoying of each other. Of course that includes eating a ton of food and that must include crabs.
Name the biggest change you’ve seen in Rehoboth and how long have you been coming here?
I’ve been coming here for about ten years, and for me the biggest change is watching it become more alive and welcoming. Rehoboth certainly has the distinction of being a world class city.
Name three events that have shaped your life to where it is today.
1. Having moved a lot as a young teen I learned to deal with change easily. 2. Caring for my mom (Alzheimer’s) before her death. 3. Meeting and falling in love with Rebecca.
You’ve been asked to appear in a fundraiser for CAMP Rehoboth and need a drag name. What would it be? (If you’re having difficulty…pick a childhood pet’s name and the street you grew up on).
Petey Gibbons! I would be the proud leader of a gang of tomboys!
Your best vacation ever was to where?
Ecuador. Being exposed to another culture is so enlightening, eating new foods, trying to learn a new language and meeting fabulous people.
Most embarrassing moment?
In high school I was told I would be getting an athletic award. When the award was announced I headed to the stage, halfway up the steps I realized it wasn’t me! I was mortified.
What are you most thankful for?
Rebecca’s love, the love of my family and her family, and especially my family at CAMP Rehoboth. What a blessing!
I couldn’t agree with you more, Maggie, on that last point! And what a blessing you and Rebecca have become to our CAMP Rehoboth family, our sincere thanks to both of you.
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Photo: Steve Hoult, Maggie Kilroy, Rebecca Moscoso