Jaffrey NH — Margery Lillian Pilley passed away at 97 years at home in Venice, Florida on October 13th, 2021 due to complications of chronic heart failure and old age. She was born Margery Yeager to parents Lillian and Charles in Summit, New Jersey. She grew up in Springfield, NJ and graduated from Jonathan Dayton High School. During World War II she corresponded with friend Harold Pilley of New Providence, New Jersey whose tour of duty took him to Northern Africa, Italy and France. During the War Marge worked as a switchboard operator, until she married. She married Harold in 1947 and bore two children, Robert and Joanne and assumed the role of homemaker and mother. She has two grandchildren, Sarah and Maki.
With the help of Harold's brother and father, the family built a house in Gillette, New Jersey and raised their family, remaining there for over 50 years. Margery was a member of the Meyersville Presbyterian Church and later the Union Village United Methodist Church. She was an active mother involved with her children's activities, being a Cub Scout den mother, a Brownie mother and a Little League mother.
Marge loved to garden, bake, and sew. Marge had a green thumb for growing healthy plants, from corn to gladiolas, and her hearty African violets almost took over the living room. She became adept at baking and cake decorating and made many wedding cakes for friends and family. One of her son's fondest memories was of her belief that people could do anything if they put their mind to the task. Margery was a person full of encouragement and support and always looked on the bright side.
With advancing age and Harold's mid-80's decline with dementia, they moved from New Jersey to New Hampshire to be closer to their son Robert. While in New Hampshire Marge became active in the United Church of Jaffrey. Her husband, Harold passed away, and a few years later, Robert moved the family to Venice, Florida. During this six-year period, Robert was primary care giver for Marge. The Jacaranda Trace Retirement life was perfect for Marge and the social life was always something to look forward to until Covid hit and stopped everything in its tracks.
In early October, Margery's health abruptly declined and after 97 full years of life, Margery passed away peacefully at home on October 13th. She was a good person, a good wife and a good mother who never had anything bad to say about anyone. All who knew her will certainly miss her.
A Celebration of Life service is planned in New Hampshire and final internment at the family cemetery plot in New Jersey in 2022 contingent on Covid guidelines.
Published by Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Dec. 2, 2021.