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Margaret Crouse Skelly

Margaret Crouse Skelly

Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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MARGARET CROUSE SKELLY, of Carlisle, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Her loving husband George was by her side. She was the adored daughter of the late Anthony Joseph Crupi and Margaret Arlene Crupi, and sister to George and Anthony Crupi. She is survived by her husband George, her beloved children Caroline Crouse and William Skelly, her brothers, her former husband, Kevin Crouse, her niece Bonnie, her nephews Michael, Mark, and Matthew, and three grand-nieces and eight grand-nephews.

Margaret lived a full, vibrant life, both before and after her diagnosis with cancer nine years ago. She published two books of poetry, including Art of Cancer, which led to a glowing profile in the Boston Globe. After completing her second book of poems, Margaret turned to the essay form, and blessed her scores of friends and family with dozens of insightful essays over the past several years. She was well known for her lyrical, witty, sharp and poignant writing style.

After graduating from Cornell University, Margaret had two careers, the first as a writer in the training department of a direct sales lingerie company, and then as an attorney. She graduated from law school at Northeastern University, and had a successful legal career at Sally & Fitch, at Goodwin Proctor, and at Skadden Arps. Her writing and sound judgment helped to achieve excellent results for clients in many cases. At Skadden she made lifelong friends and met her husband George. After Skadden she worked at The Carlisle Public School and at MIT EdX as a writer.

Margaret had many friends. She was a consummate friend – loving, kind, and thoughtful. She nurtured her deep friendships daily, and was generous with her time. Margaret was fun and funny, with a twinkle in her eye and a laugh that everyone in her life will miss.

Margaret's deepest love was for her husband George and her two children, Caroline and William. Even while struggling with cancer, she stayed fiercely focused on helping her children navigate through school and life's challenges. The joy of her life was to spend time with her family.

A memorial service was held Saturday August 29th, 2020 at the Carlisle Congregational Church, Carlisle. Margaret has asked her friends to consider gifts to The Margaret Skelly Scholarship Fund at GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yk44mj, in order to help with William’s college expenses, or to Carlisle Congregational Church, https://www.carlislecongregational.org/.

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    A memorial service is being planned for the end of August. Please contact Acton Funeral Home regarding details for the livestream service either by email (Actonfh@verizon.net) or by phone (978-263-5333).

    In lieu of flowers, Margaret has asked her friends to consider gifts to The Margaret Skelly Scholarship Fund at GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yk44mj, in order to help with William’s college expenses, or to Carlisle Congregational Church, https://www.carlislecongregational.org/.


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Meghan Wells

Posted at 07:01am
Margaret was genuine, thoughtful and a joy to be around. I felt inspired when I read her essays and I looked at the world in a new way. She welcomed my son in her home, talked with him about his interests and happily fed him when I was late. I can see her smile as our boys continue their friendship. Margaret will be missed .❤️

Mary Hetherington

Posted at 10:54pm
It's hard putting a couple of memories to explain feelings or friendship but the crazy work of the high school yearbook - our town's 350th year!! And the visit on Cape Cod with Margaret, George, William and the dog (so fun to see you all and hear all the news)- that's a long time to know a person! You will be missed Margaret. Deeply.

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