Lawrence, MA — Margaret F. (Stone) Dawson passed away after a brief illness on April 18, 2013, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, surrounded by her loving family.
Margaret was the daughter of the late Fred W. Stone, Jr., and the late Alice (Crowley) Stone. She was born in and was a lifelong resident of Lawrence. She attended the Rollins Grammar School and graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1938.
For many years, Margaret worked at the Pacific Mills in Lawrence and later for BayBanks, Inc. in Andover and Boston. She was a faithful member of the First-Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover, formerly located in Lawrence, and a member of its choir for over 70 years. Her devotion to her church was steadfast. She served as church treasurer for many years, she was an honorary life member of the missions board, was active in the Merrimack Valley Christian Women's organization, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Junior Willing Workers class.
Margaret was a lover of classical choral music since singing as a teenager in the Lawrence WLAW Radio choir and later as a member of the Andover Choral Society. Every year she enjoyed participating in its performances of Handel's "Messiah." Her other favorite activities were traveling to the annual national barbershop quartet convention and watching the Boston Red Sox. The TV stayed on until the game was over, no matter what the hour.
Margaret was the widow of Kenneth R. Dawson. She is survived by son, Richard K. and Linda Hunter of New Brunswick, N.J.; son, Alan D. and Debra of Salem, N.H.; son, Mark P. and Jean of Salem, N.H.; grandson, Gregory and Julia Cormier of Seabrook, N.H.; granddaughter, Sarah and Daniel Grube of Portsmouth, N.H.; and step-grandchildren, Scarlette LeBlanc, Kaitlin Quigley, and Jack Quigley. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Addison and Gregory Dawson, Jr.; one step-great-granddaughter, Amelia LeBlanc; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand-nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends will be received at visiting hours on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. A funeral service will be conducted at the First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover, MA 01845 at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Burial will follow at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence. Donations in Margaret's memory may be made to a memorial fund in her name at First-Calvary Baptist Church.
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