Margaret Mary Bracken

  • Born: August 1, 1966
  • Died: August 8, 2021
  • Location: Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940

Tel. (215) 968-3891

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret Mary Bracken, age 55, of Langhorne, PA passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Margaret received her B.S. in Accounting and Marketing from Temple University and her M.B.A. from LaSalle University. Margaret lit up the room with her smile and her contagious laugh. She loved spending days at the beach and visiting her most treasured place, Hawaii, as it reminded her of having lived there as a child. Margaret found happiness in helping people and putting everyone before herself. Her family and friends described her as a lighthouse. She was a beacon of light in a world of darkness. She led people towards finding the right path with her loving guidance and direction. Like a lighthouse, she was a stalwart. People looked up to Margaret as a role model and source of inspiration. Many people ask "what would life in heaven be like?" Those close to her, however, would not, knowing they were already in the presence of a living angel.

Margaret will be greatly missed by her beloved life partner of 34 years, James Bracken, Sr. She is survived by her two loving children, James Jr., and Katherine. She was the devoted daughter of the late William and Theresa Riordan, and step-daughter to Patricia Riordan. She was predeceased by her brother William Riordan and is survived by step siblings, Lee and Kelly Wolfe. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 9:30-11:00am, followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:00am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067. (Livestream available at A memorial service will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Newtown.

Life Celebration entrusted to Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home of Newtown.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My profound condolences to all who loved Margaret. She was a lovely and caring human, a devoted volunteer at Contact. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

Posted by Debra Garvey - Friend   December 03, 2021

Katherine and Family,

My condolences on what appears to be a great loss.
Katherine, blessings to you as you grieve yet cherish beautiful memories.
Much sympathy, Professor Stapleton

Posted by Rebecca Stapleton - Indiana, PA - Teacher   September 09, 2021

Deepest sympathy. We first met her when she was only a few months old.

Posted by Ed & Sandy Dressler - The Villages, FL - Family   August 13, 2021

Margaret, words cannot express how much you mean to us all and how deeply you will be missed. You were always there to support everyone unlimitedly. You would try to change the subject about yourself and worry about everyone else instead. You are my best friend and have been closer than a sister to me. No one could ever replace you and your loving spirit. You have always been there with a smile, eager to help and listen to anyone, laughed easily and found a way to see the positive in everyone. Margaret, your influence will stay with us forever in our hearts. Love and miss you always, my beautiful best friend.

Posted by Michelle Broskey - Feasterville Trevose, PA - Friend   August 13, 2021

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put His arms around you and whispered Come to Me.'" - Author unknown
Margaret and I first met at Penn State Ogontz during a summer tennis class. Really breaks my heart to hear of her passing. Jim, your family is in my heart and thoughts.

Posted by Deborah Lippay - Alexandria, VA - Friend   August 13, 2021

Margaret was truly a lighthouse. She never saw anything but good in everyone and will be deeply missed by all. She could not have done more for everyone around her. Her hearty laugh and warmth touched your soul. I'll love her always and miss talking with her till the day I die.

Posted by Pete Kassab - Buffalo, WY - Family   August 12, 2021

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