Margaret “Margie” Marston

AUGUSTA – Margaret “Margie” (hard “g”) Marston, after a brave 9-year battle with the crippling effects of vascular dementia, left her mortal body peacefully on Jan. 26, 2021. She has been restored. Margie was born Margaret Chase in Augusta on June 8, 1935 to Eugene and Myrtie (Brookings) Chase.

Stories from her (nearly) lifelong close friend Joyce “JoS” (Lyon) Fuller tell of Joyce as a shy young “hick” girl who moved from a one room schoolhouse containing 16 students in grades K-8 and one teacher to the bustling Lincoln School in Augusta with its 20-25 students in each grade! This is where she was befriended by the loving but slightly mischievous Margie. Giving each other the nicknames of “MarG”, and “JoS”, Joyce tells of how they enjoyed learning magic and putting on magic shows together and learning and speaking “Pig Latin” to one another. She credits “MarG” with bringing her out of her shell. It was a happy time.

Margie also loved taking her childhood dog, Lucky, for rides in her paddle boat on Cobbossee Lake, and Joyce remembers there was most often lipstick on Lucky’s head from Margie’s kisses.

Margie was musically inclined and chose to play trombone in the Cony High School band, where she graduated from in 1953. Margie also played in the Augusta American Legion Band, and developed a talent for playing piano, organ, and accordion later in life.

Margie met her husband of 61 years, Phil, at a dance at Island Park in Manchester in 1956, and they were married in 1958. There were always dogs, cats and miscellaneous other pets at the Marston household, and Margie’s love for animals continued in her declining years when she always held tight to one of her many stuffed animals.

Margaret worked in clerical roles throughout her employment years, and she and Phil volunteered in their retirement years from 1997-2008 at the Winthrop Food Pantry where Margaret was the Co-Director.

Margaret’s spirited “love of life” character stayed with her until the end. The many good folks who cared for her over the years greatly enjoyed her loving, humorous demeanor.

Margie spread a lot of love during her lifetime and will be sadly missed by those who were fortunate enough to be close to her.

Margie was predeceased by Philip, her husband of 61 years, as well as her only sister, Elsie Peacock and brother, Bob Chase. She was also predeceased by her niece Carol Towle and son-in-law Ron Martin, who both left us at too young an age, and her grandson Jason Marston who left us at way too young an age, as well as many good friends.

Margie is survived by her three children, Donna Martin of Kingwood, Texas, Brian Marston of Winthrop, and Richard Marston and wife Karen of Naples. Also by her grandchildren Zach and Molly Martin, granddaughter Jamie (Marston) Olsen; and great-granddaughter Osheona Haines of Winthrop.

A gathering to remember her and share love will be held this coming summer.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Margaret “Margie” Marston

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