Margaret “Peg” Marsh (Newell) died peacefully on October 9, 2019 at the age of 95 joining her loving (predeceased) husband of 67 years and her daughter, Patricia.
Peg was born on June 17, 1924 in Newburyport, MA to the late John and Sarah (Sadie) Newell. She was the older sister of the late Mark Newell. She graduated from Newburyport High School in 1942 where in her Yearbook she was remembered as Peggy and as “having a friendly way and a merry laugh to keep up with her fast roller skating”. At NHS she had her first experience with drafting as the only female in the class. She and three other classmates made a blueprint of Newburyport which to this day hangs in the Library at NHS. She later worked as a draftswoman at GE in Lynn, MA and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME. Peg married J. Franklin Marsh of Malden, MA in 1945 and raised four children in Newburyport.
Peg is survived by her son Larry Marsh and his wife Patti of West Newbury, MA; her daughters Jeanmarie Marsh and Karen Marsh of Newburyport, MA; her grandchildren, Courtney Jones and her husband Matt of Eagle, CO and Jared Marsh and his wife Deborah of Somerville, MA; and her great-grandchildren, Brady and Connor Jones. A great joy for Peg were Brady and Connor. Though they live many miles away she was able to partake in their busy lives through videos, Facebook, and frequent visits back east.
Peg was proud of her Irish Heritage visiting her relatives “over the pond” many times and in return hosting them in Newburyport till the present day. She loved her city and enthusiastically worked the polls for many years. She also served as secretary of the Class of 1942 and helped organize numerous class reunions.
Peg is remembered as a loving, supportive and dedicated mother and friend lending an ear for hours to many, giving them advice of hope and trust from above.
She was a faithful, devoted Catholic, an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She volunteered in the Parish School PTO serving at school lunches and church Bingo. As an accomplished seamstress she was head of the “Apron Table” at the IC Christmas Bazaar for many years.
Peg treasured her memories from her pilgrimages with the church to The Holy Land, Rome, and Medjugorje. References to Medjugorje brought a great smile to her face in her last days. She served as a Eucharistic Minister for over 17 years. Her favorite assignment was Port Healthcare where she later resided until her passing. Peg and her family are grateful to all those who cared for her.
Even in her state of declining health Peg accepted her long life, keeping her faith and her sense of humor to the end. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday October 15, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PARKING AVAILABLE BEHIND THE FUNERAL HOME PER ORDER OF THE CITY OF NEWBURYPORT. Her Funeral Mass will follow in Immaculate Conception Church at 11:30 AM with burial at St. Mary Cemetery, both in Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Peg to her favorite charities: The Jimmy Fund www.jimmyfund.org/gift.or Lazarus House (978) 269-5215, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or a charity of your choice.