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Margaret Ford

November 1, 2020

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Margaret Ford passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020 at the age of 88 in Alexandria, VA. The beloved wife of the late Donald Ford, she is survived by her two daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth, and her grandson Andrew. Margaret was born and raised in Somerville, MA, the daughter of Scottish immigrants. After graduating from Somerville High School, she worked as a bank teller and married Don. Their 63 year marriage was an wonderful partnership of love and friendship. Margaret, Don, Jenny and Beth enjoyed living in the Boston suburbs of Ipswich, Lexington, Bedford and Hingham. They also lived in the northeast towns of Whitingham, VT, Brunswick, ME and Saratoga Springs, NY. Margaret often talked about all of the beautiful places she lived. Early on, Margaret was an exceptional mother and homemaker and used her talents and thriftiness to support the family. She was gifted at knitting, sewing, baking, canning and growing vegetables, and taught these skills to her daughters. She also managed the family finances. In midlife, Margaret was hired at The Boston Safe Deposit and Trust, where she considered herself incredibly fortunate to have a boss and coworkers who encouraged and supported her. While working and commuting, she completed her degree in Accounting at Boston University. One of the family’s proudest moments was when Margaret, Jenny and Beth all graduated with their Bachelor’s degrees within a week of one another. After a rewarding career managing pension accounts, Margaret retired as a Vice President in the Trust Department. In retirement, Margaret and Don enjoyed living on Hanover St, in the North End of Boston and vacationing in Wells Beach and Portland, ME, where she loved walking, reading, and watching movies, as well as spending time with friends and family, especially her grandson, Andy. Margaret always felt fortunate that she was able to be a homemaker, and later to have a rewarding career. In her final years, Margaret continued to have a sunny outlook, and gratitude. When Don died, even in her grief, she said “I was so lucky. He was so handsome, and so smart”. Margaret was a humble and practical woman who was always gentle and kind. She spent her last years in Alexandria, VA with her daughters and grandson. Most recently, she lived in the Hermitage and Silverado communities, and we are grateful for their loving care. Margaret remained active and healthy until her final days, and always made us laugh. She was the joy in our lives and we will miss her dearly. The family is planning a memorial service in Portland, ME, at a future date when travel is safe.

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