OBITUARY: Marjorie E. MacDonald, 89

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Marjorie E. MacDonald, “Marge”, age 89, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her children at her side on March 12, 2023.

Marge was born in Lowell, MA, on February 11, 1934; she was the dear daughter of the late B. Edward and Ruth M. (Collier) Zinn. Marge was raised and educated in Winchester, MA; she graduated from Winchester High School and went on to attend the University of New Hampshire.

Marge married and moved to Wilmington in 1955 where she made a wonderful home and raised a beautiful family. Marge was a much loved mother and grandmother who truly treasured the time she spent with her family.

Marge enjoyed her home; she had an “open door policy” where all were welcomed and loved. She was a wonderful neighbor and a true friend; she was always willing to lend a hand to everyone she met.

Marge loved being outdoors, working in her gardens, feeding the birds, squirrels and wild turkeys that passed through. Marge always had a feline companion to keep them moving along. She had many interesting pets over the years that included donkeys, horses and her favorite, Archie a mouflon sheep.

Marge was the Executive Secretary for the Wildwood Cemetery Department. Marge was a fixture at the little stone office within the cemetery grounds, she ran a “tight ship” when it came to cemetery matters, she had a lot of compassion with the families that came in at their time of need, she was very helpful to the local funeral homes and she got along well with her co-workers. Marge later worked for the Engineering Department at the town hall.

Marge will be fondly remembered for her giving spirit, her great sense of humor and her crazy costumes. She could often be found around the Wilmington Town Hall decked out in costume for a holiday or dressed as a clown to make others laugh and smile. Marge was so kind and caring; she wanted everyone to be happy and she went out of her way to make that happen. Marge was truly a special lady with a huge heart; she definitely left her footprint on this earth and she will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Marge was the devoted mother of Laurie Willis & husband David of Gilmanton, NH, Stephen MacDonald & wife Kathleen of Wilmington, and the late Bruce MacDonald. Marge was fondly known as “Dicey” to her beautiful grandchildren; Anne O’Neill & her husband Conal, Tyler Willis & his wife Emily, Casey MacDonald & her fiancé Max Gouveia, Logan MacDonald, and great-grandchildren Jack and Hunter Willis. She was the dear sister of Carolyn Farnsworth of New Jersey and Janet Stangroom of Tyngsboro. Marge is further survived by her nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family & friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday March 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Marge’s service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marge’s memory to your favorite Charity.

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Marjorie E. (Zinn) MacDonald

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