Margaret Durham Ziff
Margaret Durham Ziff died on January 13, 2011 at the age of 73. She is survived by her husband Howard Ziff, daughter Sarah Durham, step-daughters Debby Ziff Cook and Amy Ziff, her three devoted sons-in-law, her brother Tony Compton, niece Jane Compton, and six grandchildren. Her radiance, warmth, wit and wisdom will be missed terribly.

Known to her friends as Magi, she was born in a pub in London, just before the Second World War. She grew up in London and its environs before moving to New York City in the 1960s. She was a pioneering female advertising executive who worked at agencies such as Tinker, Gray, Della Famina, and others during Madison Avenue's heyday. In 1996, she retired to New Braintree, MA where she devoted her energy to local politics and served for twelve years as a member of the town's select board. She proudly served as a board member for the East Quabbin Land Trust for many years, helping raise money and preserve farmland in the rural community she adored.

Magi was a devoted and open-minded friend who inspired deep loyalty and caring in others. She adored playing cards, cooking, gardening, music, and a good laugh shared with friends.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in her honor at the New Braintree Congregational Church in New Braintree, MA town church at 2pm on January 30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to the East Quabbin Land Trust, P.O. Box 5, Hardwick, MA 01037 or

Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2011.
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Dear Howard,
We are sorry to hear of Maggi passing. Her greatest gift was to shine her graciousness upon each person she met. She was a delight. She will always bring thoughts of fondness.
Sincere Sympathies.
Karen and Jerry Millet
March 6, 2011
Dear Howard and Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I spoke with your wife briefly on the telephone one time and she was so nice. Take care of yourself.
Jane Anderson
February 9, 2011
Sincerest condolences, we knew Magi from the fraternity reunions. She was warm, gracious and giving.

Sharon and Stan Cortell
Sharon and Stan Cortell
January 26, 2011
Dear Howard and Family,
Anne and I are sorry to learn of the passing of Magi. We both loved the time shared talking and laughing with you two at Reed's Store.
We will miss her wit , her passion and her protection for her beloved town of New Braintree.
Winthrop Handy
January 25, 2011
Dear Howard & Family
Mimi Glueck
January 20, 2011
I loved Magi from the moment I met her. She exuded such warmth and light. I will never forget her. Love to all the family. We've lost an incredible woman.
Lyn Greene
January 19, 2011
Howard, I am so sorry for your loss and offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family...Lois Luniewicz
January 19, 2011
Howard, although it's been years since you and Magi lived at 161, I remember her wit, creativity, and great charm. My condolences to you and Sara.
Joanne Rogovin
Joanne Rogovin
January 18, 2011
Howard, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your wife. May the love of family and friends help sustain you during this time of mourning.
Forrest Price
January 18, 2011
Howard, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Our family sends our sincere condolences to you and your relatives.
Chris Knuth
January 18, 2011
Dear Howard and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed hearing stories about Magi; what a wonderful woman. My thoughts are with you.
Jana Ferguson
January 18, 2011
Sincere condolences to Howard and family.
Philip Leger
January 18, 2011
Howard and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Magi was a magnificent and caring woman. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Kerry Clark
January 18, 2011
Howard, thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. May the many wonderful memories you made with Magi sustain you.
Karyn (Card) Johnson
January 18, 2011
Howard,Sorry for your loss.
Lee Jarvis
January 18, 2011
Dear Mr. Ziff and Family;

I would like to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful woman. I didn't know Magi well, but I do appreciate all that she did for this great town. She devoted her time and energy to make it a better place for all of us. I will miss her warm, welcoming, and smiling face at the town meetings. Some people have the uncanny ability to leave a mark on the heart of some one they barely knew. Magi was all of that and more. Heaven just got brighter when Magi passed through the gates. My heart is heavy for your loss.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Gale LeDoux
January 18, 2011
Thanks, everyone, for your expressions of sympathy. - Sarah and Howard
January 16, 2011
Dear Howard and Family, I send my deepest sympathies. It was a joy for me to sit with Magi in her kitchen and chat over a piece of toast and a cup of tea, I am grateful for having known her and I will miss her. Merrilee Daniels
January 16, 2011
I didn't know Magi well, just to chat to when we met up at the Post Office and such, but I will miss talking with her.

George Castonguay
January 16, 2011
Mr Ziff and Family,
I am a receptionist at Jewish Health Care and I just wanted to send my deepest sympathies to you all at this sad time.

Debbi Dickhaut
Debbi Dickhaut
January 15, 2011
Dearest Magi, You will be missed more than words can express. Your wit, wisdom, sincerity and passion were such a gift to our town and all who knew you. I'll be forever grateful first for having you as a friend and second for having you as a colleague for those dozen years. Your memory will remain strong in my heart.
Marty Goulet
Marty Goulet
January 15, 2011
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