Memorial ServiceUnited Parish
Lunenburg, Massachusetts 01462
Marilyn (Martin) Stafford, lifelong resident of Lunenburg
Marilyn Stafford, 88, passed away in her Lunenburg home, family at her side, on Friday Feb. 9 after a lengthy illness. The daughter of Orville D. and Phyllis V. (Crossett) Martin, she was born in Lunenburg, MA in May of 1929.
Marilyn was a 1947 graduate of Lunenburg High School, and attended The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as The Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, NY.
In 1951 she was wedded to Robert V. Stafford of Fitchburg, MA, to whom she remained married for 47 years. Together they raised three children.
Marilyn’s employment history included stints at the former General Electric in Fitchburg, Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, and as a Realtor - later in life - serving the residential market of Northern Worcester County.
She was a Past President of the Leominster Hospital Guild, and served for many years – and in many roles - as a volunteer for the Guild at the hospital.
Marilyn loved to travel, sew, garden, and birdwatch, and was especially fond of walking the beach … anywhere.
She leaves her children, Steven R. Stafford and his wife Susan McFarland of Bonita Springs, FL, Peter M. Stafford and his wife Theresa of Watertown, MA, and David M. Stafford of Lunenburg; her sisters Nancy Sprey and Eleanor Johnson, both of Boynton Beach, FL; four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert, and by her brother Robert O. Martin.
A memorial service will be held Sat. Feb 17 at 1pm at United Parish Lunenburg , 39 Main Street, Lunenburg, MA. A gathering will follow the service in the church vestry. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Marilyn’s memory to the Dementia Society of America, by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online at www.DementiaSociety.org/donate
For more information please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net.
John F. Masciarelli, Walter C. Taylor, and James M. Hebert, funeral directors.
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