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January 3, 2013

Marjorie A. Brewer

Haverhill, — Marjorie A. Brewer passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Born 96 years ago, the oldest child of a British immigrant, James H. Smith, and Annie P. Smith from Nova Scotia, Canada. A strong woman far ahead of her time, she dedicated her life to her family and volunteerism. Marge lived in the Riverside section of Haverhill, MA her entire life.

Graduating from Haverhill High School in 1935. She worked as a bookkeeper and managed the family business, J.H. Smith Grain, from 1934-1942 following her father’s death when she was 16 years old. Married Irving L. Brewer in 1937. Marge was employed at McGregor-Smith Bus (a company owned be her youngest brother Milton Smith) for 45 years prior to her retirement in 1966 at the age of 80. Marge was then employed by Companion Care of Newburyport and did in home visits for the elderly, and provided transportation to their appointments (all of her clients were 20 years younger than she). Marjorie is a lifelong member of Riverside Memorial Church, 83 years, and is Deaconess Emeritus. During her membership she served on nearly every committee of the Church. She was instrumental in bringing the first Cub Scout Troop to Riverside and was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America in 1999. Past President of the Woman’s City Club, Hale Hospital Auxiliary, Treasurer of Haverhill Woman’s Club, created the first chapter of the Order of Rainbow for Girls in Haverhill, Past Worthy Advisor and Mother Advisor. Marge was Past Patron, and 60 year member, of the Order of Eastern Star, Fidelity Chapter #90. She was past Director of the Protestant Guild for the Blind and served for over 40 years. Served on the Board of Directors of the Penacook Nursing Home for nearly 30 years. Marge served as a consultant for the Association of American’s with Disabilities.

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