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Marjorie Virginia (Anderson) Colwell

September 6, 1938 ~ October 10, 2020 (age 82)

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Marjorie Virginia Colwell (Anderson) life-long resident of Eagle Hill (Falcon, Trenton and Lexington Streets), East Boston passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 10th after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Beloved wife of Peter Gillen Colwell; Daughter of the late Arthur and Annie (Finney) Anderson; Devoted mother of Susan Colwell Boriso and her husband Edward of Virginia and Peter Glenn Colwell and his wife Trevia of Maryland; Dear sister of Charles Anderson of Halifax and Helen Campbell of Florida; Adored grandmother of Peter, Kelly, Vanessa, Kyle and Ryan. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Margie specialized in the Tonsorial Course of Study as a student at Boston Trade School and received her high school diploma from the Boston Trade School the same day she earned her diploma from the New England Barber School in 1956. Margie was a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Margaret Winthrop Rebekah Lodge 153, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Mystic Valley Railway Society. Margie dedicated herself to self-improvement. She had a spontaneous sense of humor and a sharp, truthful response to current issues of the day. She entertained people in nursing homes, prisons, and performed at birthday parties. She was a hostess of the traveling entertainment show called “The Singletones” – performing with her brother Charlie and her husband Peter. Margie was a Sunday School teacher for several years at St, John’s Episcopal Church in East Boston. Margie loved her family and was known for putting on fun and elaborate family gatherings and was especially known for her baked haddock dinners, great haircuts, and her warm hospitality. Her energy lit up a room and imprinted on people what families are all about – enthusiastic love for each other. Margie’s first priority was her family. She was a cheerleader, always encouraging her husband, children, and grandchildren to be their very best. Margie contributed much of her time volunteering at her children’s schools: assisting the teacher at Montessori School, organizing events and being “lunch lady” at St. Rose Elementary School in Chelsea, MA and soliciting yearbook advertisements for Boston Latin School. Margie was a rock in her community, well known and well-loved by so many people.

Family and friends will honor Marjorie's life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Thursday October 15th from 8:30AM to 10:30AM before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church Brooks St., East Boston for an 11:00AM funeral mass in celebration of Majorie's life. In lieu of flowers. memorial donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation PO Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502. 

All services will be held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged. 

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Funeral Service
October 15, 2020

8:30 AM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home
971 Saratoga Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Funeral Mass
October 15, 2020

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
45 Brooks St.
East Boston, MA 02128

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