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Marjorie Steele

1956 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Marjorie Steele Obituary
Marjorie Margie (Felton) Steele passed away May 26, 2014, at the age of 58, at her home of 27 years in Cohasset. Loved by her family and friends for her remarkably kind, generous spirit and genuine love for others, Margies death is regarded as a blessing, releasing her from an 8-year struggle with younger-onset Alzheimers disease - one that her family could not help and she could not win. Her lengthy battle with the disease was unique because she lived peacefully throughout, in the home she loved, with support from family, caregivers, and community - a network known as Team Margie. Margie was born May 4, 1956, in Boston, the middle child of George and Marjorie Felton, longtime residents of Hingham. She grew up in Hingham, where she attended Derby Academy and went on to graduate from Chatham Hall, an all-girls boarding school in Chatham, Va. She attended Skidmore College, later transferred to Babson College, and graduated with a major in Marketing in 1978. While at Babson she met the love of her life, Matt Steele. She married Matt in June 1981 at her familys home in Hingham, and so they began their 32-year journey together. Margies family and extended family were the center of her universe. A devoted wife and mother, she created warm and welcoming homes in Cohasset and Sugar Hill, N.H., the latter a stone farmhouse in the White Mountains where she loved relaxing with family and friends and enjoying the beauty and serenity of the North Country. Known as Gigi to her sisters, nieces and nephews, she was happy and funny and full of life and laugher, a gift she freely shared with many. Beautiful, vibrant, and gracious Margie possessed a relaxed, friendly manner and a warm, compassionate smile that put others immediately at ease. Helping other people came naturally to her, and she co-founded and operated the Cohasset Food Pantry for many years until the disease diminished her ability to work. In recognition of her selflessness and generosity, Margie was recognized by her community as Cohassets 2006 Citizen of the Year. She was also deaconess at the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset, trustee at Derby Academy and served on the Board of the Cohasset Social Service League (as well as many other community services). She was a member of Cohasset Golf Club and Cohasset Yacht Club. Margies beautiful life journey can be summed up in a Buddha saying, In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Those left devastated by what the disease took away, besides her husband, include her three children, Caroline B. Steele (husband James Duggan), Samuel F. Steele (girlfriend Jenna Van Etten), and Grace T. Steele (fiance Brady Hoover); her two sisters, Alice F. Horner (partner George Randall) of Hingham and Nancy F. Hughes (husband Clifford) of Manchester; 13 nieces and nephews; her mother-in-law, Jane Steele-Corriveau of Cohasset; and her best friend, Elizabeth Chapin of Geneva SUI, all who dearly loved her; and many precious friends who kept contact until the very end. There are no calling hours. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish in Cohasset. A reception will follow at the Atlantica Restaurant, Border Street, Cohasset, from 12-2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be made to the Margie Steele Foundation (www.margiesteele.org), which was established by her family in her honor to fund younger-onset Alzheimers disease research. To sign the guest book or to send a condolence, visit www.mackinnonfuneral.com.

Published in The Patriot Ledger on May 31, 2014
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