Margaret M. (Manley) Morrow

March 13, 2015

Margaret M. (Manley) Morrow

MARGARET M. (MANLEY) MORROW – of Woburn, Friday, March 13th. Beloved wife of the late John A. Morrow. Devoted mother of Atty. Judith A. Kelley and her husband Michael of Woburn and Carol L. Fortunato and her husband Gary of Pepperell. Dear sister of the late Andrew T. Manley and Eileen Caldwell. Cherished grandmother of Pamela, Peggy, and Michael Kelley, Amy, John, and Judy Fortunato, and Damian Daniels and great-grandmother of Kelley, Betsy, Catherine, and Jaye Morgan, Gary, Rosalee, Caeleb, and Victoria Fortunato, Darius and Donovan Daniels, and the late Sharon Kelley. Also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Morrow’s memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Margaret M. “Peggy” (Manley) Morrow passed away Friday, March 13th at Woodbriar Nursing Center in Wilmington. The beloved wife of the late John A. Morrow, she was ninety-three years of age.

Born in Tewksbury, she moved to Woburn at an early age where she was raised and educated. A graduate of Woburn High School, she continued on with her education at Lowell Teacher’s College. After completing three years, she left during World War II, when she married her high school sweetheart John Morrow. Living first in Connecticut, they moved back to Woburn while John served his country during the war.

Having brought two daughters into the world, they nestled in over on Bedford Road, where they made their home. Peggy was a true homemaker in every sense of the word. Her family was her priority, she was a woman of tremendous faith and put great value in education. While her daughters were growing up she was actively involved with them in the Girl Scouts. When Woburn’s 350th Anniversary came along, her husband was part of the Woburn Minutemen, and all enjoyed attending the military enactments and military balls.

Throughout her life Peggy never stopped learning. Always in pursuit of education, she completed studies in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, and continued taking courses at Middlesex College in Bedford. During her later years Peggy became very interested in religion and belonged to a Prayer Group. She took the bus weekly to Boston to attend Mass, and did this well into her eighties. Peggy had actually written many articles for the Catholic Corner, which was published in the Daily Times.

Although she was widowed at fifty-four years of age, Peggy continued an active life in both her church and community. She was an active participant in delivering Meals on Wheels, the Minuteman organization, and for years volunteered at the Woburn Nursing Center.

Peggy’s children were her world. As they grew and their families began arriving, she thrived on being a grandmother, and then her great-grandchildren were added joy!

Faith, family and dedication are three words synonymous with Peggy, a woman who truly led a life well-lived.

Peggy was sadly predeceased by her husband, John A. Morrow; her siblings, Andrew T. Manley and Eileen Caldwell; and her great-granddaughter, Sharon Kelley.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters, Atty. Judith A. Kelley and her husband Michael of Woburn and Carol L. Fortunato and her husband Gary of Pepperell; her grandchildren, Pamela, Peggy, and Michael Kelley, Amy, John, and Judy Fortunato, and Damian Daniels; and her great-grandchildren, Kelley, Betsy, Catherine, and Jaye Morgan, Gary, Rosalee, Caeleb, and Victoria Fortunato, Darius and Donovan Daniels; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Morrow’s memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Aunt Judy , Uncle Mike, Carol, Gary and Families,
    I hope that your happy memories of the time you have had with your Mother and Grandmother will surpass your sorrow at her passing. Mrs Morrow was kind and friendly and I always enjoyed seeing her.
    My heart is with you,
    Kathleen O’Neill-Lussier

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