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Marguerite J. Rawson

1928 - 2016 RICHMOND - Marguerite Jacqueline "Jackie" Rawson, a lifelong resident of Richmond, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2016 at the age of 88. She was born in Pittsfield on May 8, 1928 to Franklin and Marguerite Jacques Scace. Jackie lived a full and vibrant life of family, love, and service, especially for her beloved hometown of Richmond. She attended the one room Northeast schoolhouse that still stands today, better known as the "little red schoolhouse" on Summit Road. She went on to the "new" Richmond Consolidated School and then to Pittsfield High School where she graduated in 1945. With her good head for math, Jackie then attended a draftsman-training program run by General Electric in Pittsfield, where she learned drafting skills. At a time when most young women quickly married and started their families, Jackie did that, marrying the love of her life, Frank Rawson, in 1948, at age 20. They were happily married for 37 years, until Frank's death in 1985. But she also did much more. Her work career, begun at age 17 at General Electric, was in a predominately male field and she succeeded, back in the days when women didn't often achieve much in science and math. Jackie loved her work as a draftsman and designer and she excelled at it. She held many increasingly advanced positions at GE, ultimately as a senior designer in Ordnance, where she designed fire control systems for submarines until her retirement, following 43 years of employment. Jackie was a true and faithful asset to her community, serving as a member of the Richmond Select Board from 1987 until her retirement in May. She also served on several school building committees and the school committee. She was an early member of the Richmond Land Trust, joining the board of directors soon after it was founded in 1989, and served in this role for nearly two decades. She was a charter member of the Richmond Historical Society, serving as treasurer from its founding in 1992, and then as vice president until her death. She had recently been awarded the Charles and Mary Kusik Citizenship Award, given jointly by the Richmond Land Trust, the Richmond Historical Society, and the Civic Association, which will be presented posthumously at their annual pie social in September. She was a past matron and treasurer of Wisdom Chapter #130, Order of the Eastern Star in West Stockbridge for more than 60 years and had recently been appointed Grand Representative to South Carolina by the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts. She is survived by her two children: Kimberly Rawson of Pittsfield, and Jay Rawson and his wife Ellen of Richmond, grandson Courtland Rawson and his wife Katherine of Veneta, Oregon, granddaughters Sara and Anna Rawson, and great granddaughter Elsa Rawson, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, family and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Marguerite J. Rawson will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at the Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Rd., Richmond, Mass., 01254, with the Rev. Janet McKinstry, pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to do so may make donations in her memory to benefit the Richmond Land Trust or the Richmond Historical Society in care of the Wellington Funeral Home, 220 East St., Pittsfield, Mass., 01201.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 30, 2016
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