NORTH Margaret “Peggy” (Kirkpatrick), of Braintree, died peacefully, after a long illness, on February 23, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 88. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. North and a resident of Braintree MA since 1950 as well as Old Orchard Beach ME and Northport FL. Margaret was born and raised in Bootle, England. Daughter of the late Thomas and Anne ( MacDonnell ) Kirkpatrick. As a young girl during World War II, she helped sew the barrage balloons which flew at low levels over Liverpool to impede the enemy bombers. Her experiences during World War II and the bombing raids on Liverpool shaped her long held anti-war beliefs. Margaret moved to York, Maine in 1946 as a war bride. She enjoyed reading, bowling, bingo and traveling the United States with her husband in their RV, and later cruising the world with her family. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren during holidays and at the family beach home in Maine. Margaret was an accomplished seamstress and for years was the co-owner, with her sister, of Margaret-Ellen’s bridal shop, located on Winter Street in Boston. She loved to design and sew clothes for her grandchildren, especially Christmas and Easter outfits. She also worked for many years for the Braintree School Department and College Town Corporation. Margaret, the matriarch of a large extended, close-knit family, will be remembered as a woman of great strength, compassion and generosity. She was always ready to set another plate or make another bed for family and friends in need. Margaret’s wit and humor will be remembered by all, as she was always ready with a quip or a saying. Her legacy will live on through her family toast which was recited at all family gatherings: “ Here’s to us, who’s like us, damn few!!!” Margaret is survived by her three children, Ann Coleman and her husband Dennis of Quincy MA, Charles North and his wife Carol of Braintree MA and Deborah Culkin and her husband Barry of Braintree MA. She leaves seven grandchildren ; Beth Russet, Jennifer Coleman, Eleanor North, Shelley North Ryder, Brian Culkin, Adam Culkin and Margaret Culkin Romanowski; and six great grandchildren; Seamus Russet, Jacob Russet, Charles Ryder, Siena Ryder, Ayla O’Rourke and Charlize Culkin. She was the sister of the late Ellen Harvey Kelliher, May Hudson and John Kirkpatrick. She was recently preceded in death by her neice, Ann Hudson Druker. Reposing at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., BRAINTREE, until 9:00 AM on Thursday followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Mary Church, 211 No. Main St., Randolph. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday 4:00 8:00 PM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to the Hancock Park Skilled Nursing Facility, Activities Department, 164 Parkingway, Quincy, MA 02169. Peggy will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to have known her. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on Feb. 25, 2014