MEDFORD - Margaret "Peg" Lanphear Hayes, 98, died Thursday (2-7-13) at the Court Yard in Medford. A selfless, happy and long life ended on Feb. 7, 2013 with the passing of Margaret "Peg" Lanphear Hayes.
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One of six siblings (all deceased), Peg was born to Ruth Allen and Roy Lanphear in Griffin, Stanstead, Quebec, on Aug. 23, 1914. Their aunt placed Peg and her twin brother, Marshall in a bureau drawer warmed with bricks to keep them alive. From such a difficult start, Peg grew to be a strong, beautiful woman known for helping others through their own life's adversities.
Peg graduated from the Northfield Seminary, Now Northfield Mount Hermon School.
She was married to Donald Hayes and the young couple settled in Northfield with their daughter Donna Gale. Later they lived in Winchester, N.H. After 56 years of marriage, Don passed away in 1997.
Peg moved to senior housing on Railroad Street in Keene, N.H., where she made many new friends. For 45 years, Peg was a waitress at the historic Northfield Inn in Northfield, bringing mealtime joy to vacationing families and the occasional celebrity.
In 1958, Peg was named Best Waitress of the Year and Queen in a Springfield, MA, competition. Loved by all who had the opportunity to meet her, Peg was kind, witty and warm.
She had an amazing green thumb, loved birds and quilting and was a fabulous cook. We will especially remember her geraniums and African Violets, as well as her molasses chews, pies, baked beans, melba toast and English Muffin Bread. She made a fantastic martini.
In the last few years in her assisted living home in Somerville, MA, she thrived in her exercise and arts and crafts classes.
She leaves her beloved daughter, Donna Kennedy of Winchester, MA. She was also a caring and devoted "Nanny" to her grandchildren, Maureen (Phillipe) J., Patrick (Diane), Sharon (Jim) and Daniel (Bethany), who will always cherish her handwritten letters; her great-grandchildren, Erin, Devin, Caroline, Ella, Xavier and Piper; many nieces and nephews and their families; Joseph C. Kennedy Jr. and Plato Diamond and their families; and her countless friends.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, N.H.
Donations in her memory may be made to a
Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA, is in charge of arrangements.
Kidder Funeral Home
1 Parker Avenue Northfield, MA 01360
Published in The Recorder on Feb. 13, 2013