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Marguerite Elaine Hughes
September 9, 1928 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, Marguerite "Marg" Elaine Hughes (Harris) passed onto her next life. She was born to parents Ina and Arthur Harris on Sept. 9, 1928, in Williamsport.
She is survived by her large, loving family. Siblings, M. Louise Harris, Ruth Kamsler (Harris), David Harris (deceased), W. Calvin Harris(deceased). Daughters, Christine (Richard) Shaffer (Jersey Shore) and Barbara (James) Crocker (Connecticut). Grandchildren, John (Jennifer) Shaffer, Jennifer (Cameron) Kephart, Jamie (Michael) Eakin, James (Janet) Crocker and Christopher (Jennifer) Crocker. Great-grandchildren, Emily Shaffer, Elizabeth Shaffer, Elaina Shaffer, Isaiah Shaffer, Simon Eakin, Jeremiah Eakin, Anna Crocker, Lillian Crocker, Ashlyn Crocker, Archer Crocker and Athan Crocker. Marguerite was loved dearly by her many nieces and nephews too.
Her passing came as a tremendous loss to those who knew and loved her. Marg, lovingly known as and called by most, "Grammy Marg", lived an incredibly full 95 years. With her parents and siblings, she grew up in Jersey Shore. Her classmates knew her as quiet and studious, and her yearbook notes her ambition to learn the oboe after mastering the bassoon in both the band and symphony orchestra. She was a member of the school’s Tri-Hi-Y Club and the girls basketball team. And despite her plans to pursue a career as laboratory technician after her 1946 graduation, life led her to teaching.
Her first teaching job came in Williamsport after receiving her degree from Lock Haven University. She was married to Frederick Wolf in 1948, and her daughter, Barbara, was born on Jan. 10, 1949. Her daughter, Christine, was born on Oct. 11, 1951. Fred and she separated before Marg moved the family to Bedford County to teach in Imler. She then taught in Oysterburg. When Barbara was in 7th grade and Christine was in 5th, they moved to West Springfield, Mass. They then moved from West Springfield, Mass., to Cheshire, Conn., when Barbara was in 10th grade and Christine was in 8th. Here, Marg became a master teacher at Southern Connecticut State University. She taught elementary in inner city New Haven, where her family would later remember many retellings of her days teaching. Her retirement came at the age of 62, and she moved to Woodbury, Conn. In her post-undergraduate schooling, she took classes from many schools, even acquiring credits at Yale University. It was only when her daughter, Barbara and her husband, Jim, purchased the farmhouse property in Jersey Shore, that she moved back home. At home, she was able to help in raising her great-grandchildren, who continued to fill her days.
Aside from her career and job as a mother, Marguerite became a second teacher to her great-grandchildren in her retirement, teaching them love and offering support on those challenging pre-school assignments. Marg took time to hike many sections of the Appalachian Trail, including Mt. Washington. She took computer classes at Fairfield University despite the male dominance in the course. She too, loved the coast of Maine. Even in death, her great-grandson noted that she was probably near the coast of Maine, eating lobster and relaxing. Her life is remembered by family and friends alike, knowing Grammy Marg for her gentility and stubbornness (and her impeccable memorization of birthdays).
Services will be private at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.