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Obituary: Margaret W. Stearns

The obituary for Margaret W. Stearns

Margaret W. Stearns, 97

 

Dateline: Mansfield, MA

 

Margaret W. (Burr) Stearns, 97, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Friday January 20, 2012 at the Epoch Senior Healthcare in Norton. She was the beloved wife of the late C. Herbert Stearns, Jr. who died on October 20, 1974.

Born in Portlethan, Scotland on April 20, 1914, she was a loving daughter of the late Charles G. and Mary C. (Marr) Burr.

She grew up and was educated in Mansfield, and was a 1932 graduate of Mansfield High School. Known for her athletic abilities, while in high school Margaret was the captain of the girls basketball team. She also attended evening classes at Boston University.

Mrs. Stearns was the former owner and operator of the former W.L. Stearns and Sons News and Stationery in Mansfield, a landmark business on North Main St., that she was assisted by in the day to day operations with the help of her family.

When younger, Margaret served as an executive secretary for several years for former Mansfield Town Manager William Plattner.

An active member of the Congregational Church of Mansfield, she served for many years on the church flower committee. She was also a member of the Mansfield Optimist Club.

Margaret’s favorite times spent were those in the presence of her adoring family. She enjoyed knitting and boating, and when her sons were growing up, was active with scouting.

She is survived by her devoted sons; Geoffrey B. Stearns and his wife Susan of Harwich, Rodney C. Stearns and his wife Connie of Mansfield, and Selwyn H. Stearns and his wife Donna of Mansfield. The dear sister of the late Alice M. Scott, she is also survived by her cherished grandchildren; Geoffrey B. Stearns, Heather K. Scozzarella, U.S. Navy Commander Randy C. Stearns, Julie M. Hindman, Matthew C. Stearns and Emily C. Stearns, as well as 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited attend, will be held on Friday January 27th at 11:00 A.M. in the Congregational Church of Mansfield, 17 West St., Mansfield. Private burial will be at a later date at the Spring Brook Cemetery, Mansfield.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday January 26th from 4-7 P.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers, Margaret’s family has requested that donation in her memory be made to the Memorial Fund of the Congregational Church of Mansfield, P.O. Box 322, Mansfield, MA 02048.

For additional information, please visit www.shermanjackson.com

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