Margaret A. “Peggy” (Booker) Brown

August 22, 2019

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Booker) Brown

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Booker) Brown – of Woburn, August 21st at the age of eighty one.  Long time life companion of the late William “Bill” Richards.  Cherished mother of Gail Kelley of Salisbury, Richard Brown of Woburn and Laurene Brown also of Tewksbury.  Loving sister of Joan McPartlin, her husband James of Woburn, Carol Lecesse, her husband Paul of Groveland, Robert “Bob” Booker, his wife Patty of Franklin, Charles Booker, his late wife Carla of NH, Charlene Preston, her husband Al of Petersham and the late William “Bill” Booker., his wife Ann M. Booker of Peabody.  Devoted “Nana” of Richard Kelley, Briana Brown, her husband Graham, Alexa and Michelina Brown.  Peggy is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, wonderful friends and her beloved caretakers “special friends” Kim and Shannon. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home,  Monday evening 4 – 8 p.m.  At the families request, remembrances may be made to honor Peggy, to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Booker) Brown passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday morning August 22nd at the age of eighty-one.

Born in Woburn, Peggy was one of seven children born to the late William and Margaret (Murray) Booker.  Peggy was raised in the North Woburn section of the city, where she remained all of her life.   She attended Woburn Schools until High School at which time, she went to Keith Hall in Lowell, graduating with the Class of 1956.  Early in life, her mother passed away and her Dad remarried to Mary (MacAdams) Booker, whom Peggy shared a loving relationship with.

Peggy brought three wonderful children into the world to whom she dedicated herself. It was family tradition to spend two weeks in the summer time at Hampton Beach where they would enjoy the long summer days with an open-door policy. They also frequented day trips to Canobie Lake Park, Lynn and Nahant Beaches during the hot summer months.

Their home was the “hub” for family and friends.  Peggy created a welcoming environment where the neighborhood kids could play and hangout. It wasn’t uncommon to find them out in the yard sledding, playing ball, and dropping in for a snack or two.

Peggy was famous for her baked goods. She would spend hours in her kitchen learning to bake by listening to Gus Saunders on the radio and in turn baked some of the best treats in town. Whether it was for a bake sale, a birthday, holiday or just a treat, Peggy’s baked goods were always in high demand. Some of her most requested treats were chocolate chip cookies, coffee cake, her chocolate sheet cake, and summer time blueberry cake. With such a strong love for baking, Peggy was sure to pass down her talent and baking “secrets” to her grandchildren. They spent hours in her kitchen listening to music, gossiping, all the while surrounded by the aroma of what was baking in the oven.

Crocheting afghans were also a specialty of Peggy’s.  She spent tireless hours crocheting beautiful afghans which she would donate to church fairs, gift for a life event or throw into the family Christmas swap (which caused it to get a little heated from time to time)!

Peggy’s job was not just a career but a passion. She waitressed for well over forty years developing close relationships and then friendships with many of her customers and coworkers. She was a dedicated and loyal employee spending her first twenty years as a waitress at the Anchor Restaurant, in Tewksbury. Upon its closing, she worked at Spuds in East Woburn, where she remained until retirement.

For a little over twenty-eight years, Peggy shared her life, with William “Bill” Richards.  They shared a passion for venturing and traveling together. They journeyed over the years taking cruises to different islands, enjoying beach resorts, seeing shows in Las Vegas, and taking trips all across the country. They shared a wonderful relationship and were truly soul mates.

Peggy was an active member of the Woburn community. She could often be found at the Woburn Senior Center. It was here where she worked the front desk answering phones and making conversation with the members as they came in. When she wasn’t working, you would find her sharing time with many wonderful friends in exercise class, karaoke, book club, and holiday events.

Sadly, over the last several months Peggy’s health had declined. Peggy had the very good fortune of being cared for by not just her family, but two very special, dedicated friends, Kim and Shannon.  They would spend countless hours by Peggy’s side sharing memories, talking “Woburn talk,” and getting life advice from Peggy, all while developing a wonderful bond. Kim and Shannon were not only her caretakers but became part of the family who remained by her side to the very end.

Peggy was the cherished mother of Gail Kelley of Salisbury, Richard Brown of Woburn and Laurene Brown of Tewksbury.  Loving sister of Joan McPartlin and her husband James of Woburn, Carol Lecesse and her husband Paul of Groveland, Robert “Bob” Booker and his wife Patty of Franklin, Charles Booker and his late wife Carla of NH, Charlene Preston and her husband Al of Petersham and the late “Bill” Booker and his wife Ann Booker of Lynnfield.  Devoted “Nana” of Richard Kelley, Briana Brown and her husband Graham, Alexa and Michelina Brown. Peggy is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, wonderful friends and her beloved caretakers Kim Boucher and Shannon Dutton.

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday evening 4 – 8 p.m.  At the family’s request, remembrances may be made to honor Peggy, to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home,  Monday evening 4 – 8 p.m.  At the families request, remembrances may be made to honor Peggy, to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Our sincere condolences to Peggy’s children and family. Peggy was a wonderful lady and a great mother. She will be sorely missed.
    Love from the Larson Family

  2. Carol Lecesse, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  3. My condolences to the Brown and Booker families for their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Paula

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