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Obituary: Margaret A. 'Peggy' Stewart, 77

Sep 02, 2015 12:03PM ● By Bill Gilman

Margaret "Peggy" Stewart, 77

Margaret A. “Peggy” Stewart (Peters), age 77, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on August 30, 2015, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Margaret was born on March 26, 1938, in St. Andrew’s, Prince Edward Island, Canada; she was the cherished only daughter of the late John and Joanna (McIntyre) Peters. Margaret was raised and educated in St. Andrews, Prince Edward Island. Following High School at the age of 18, Margaret went to Toronto where she furthered her education at the University; earning her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

In 1958, Margaret moved to the United States and settled with her aunt in Cambridge, MA. Margaret took a position as an LPN at the Fairlawn Nursing Home in Medford.

Margaret met a wonderful group of friends and they loved to go dancing at Joe Martins Club in Brookline. It was at one of those dances that she was introduced to a handsome young Marine and a fellow Canadian, George Stewart, by his niece who was one of her good friends. George and Margaret hit it off immediately and the two became inseparable.

George and Margaret married on April 8, 1961 at St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn and settled in Somerville for several years. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised five wonderful daughters; Tracey, Michelle, Joanne, Elizabeth, and Kathleen. Margaret loved “her girls” unconditionally and with all her heart; she spent her years attending school events, sporting activities, dance recitals, and later on it was proms, showers, weddings, and welcoming new babies. Margaret’s family grew with each grandchild and great-grandchild that was welcomed into the world with her unconditional love and she cherished every minute watching them grow. Margaret and George shared more than 54 years together and made countless memories for many generations to come.

Margaret was very ambitious and a hard worker; following her retirement from nursing she spent many years as a crossing guard for the Wilmington Police Department and as a sales associate for the J. C. Penney Company.

Margaret had many talents; she was an avid gardener who thoroughly enjoyed her flowers, she was an awesome cook who was famous for making her own pickles, and very talented at crafts and woodworking.
Margaret loved to go on family vacations; she enjoyed camping in New Hampshire, and most of all she loved to return to Prince Edward Island where she and George had a second home. Margaret loved to spend time with her family in Canada especially her nieces and nephews, she always looked forward to golfing with her brother, and attend countless dances with her George.

Margaret will be forever remembered as a kind and caring lady; she was a devoted and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, and a true friend to many. Margaret’s passing will leave a hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was the beloved wife of 54 years to George L. Stewart, devoted mother of Tracey Costello & her husband Joe of Wilmington, Michelle Haley & her husband David and Joanne Lucas all of Tewksbury, Elizabeth Sullivan & her husband David and Kathleen Carroll & her husband Kenneth all of Wilmington. Loving Grandmother of Joey, Allyson & her fiancé Rich, and Matthew Costello, Brittany & her fiancé Mike, Kimberly & her fiancé Ed, Briana, and Christopher Haley, Samantha, Bradley & his fiancé Jen, Ryan, and Keith Lucas, James, Patrick, and Margaret “Maggie” Carroll, and Great-Grandchildren Cali, Hailey, and Corey. Cherished daughter of the late John and Joanna (McIntyre) Peters, dear sister of Reginald Peters & his wife Ada of P.E.I. Canada, James Peters & his wife Noreen of Florida, and the late Joseph McIntyre. Sister-in-law of Catherine Gillis of Abington, the late Sadie Gale and Ellie McNevin. Margaret is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, September 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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