When Marge received her Woman of the Year award in 1994 from the Haverhill YWCA’s Tribute to Women, it was pretty much predestined. Though the other candidates were all worthy of their tributes, Marge was the brightest star in the sky that day.
But you’d never know it. Instead of basking in her own radiance, she took the time to praise the others, acknowledging their presence and devotion to the community.
She passed the credit to everyone else while shielding her own luster.
She drove a school bus; organized trips for the mentally challenged; conducted horse shows at the stadium; followed her children and grandchildren around the sports world; organized minstrel shows; was a true ambassador of the Council on Aging; did yeoman’s work with the Masonic bodies of our city, particularly with Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls; and was involved in the Hale Hospital Auxiliary, Women’s City Club, Haverhill Women’s Club and the Penacook Place Board of Directors.
There were also the community meals she distributed and clothes to the needy. The list goes on.
She’s gone — but never forgotten. We love you, Marge!
Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.