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Margaret E. (Hale) Douglas

Margaret E. (Hale) Douglas

Friday, February 19th, 2021
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On February 19, 2021, Margaret E. (Hale) Douglas, a long time resident of Acton, loving mother of two, passed away at the age of 76, peacefully at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln with her children by her side.

She was born March 27, 1944 in Cambridge, Ma to Eileen Callanan and Eugene Hale.
She grew up in Acton where she attended school including ABRHS , where she was a member of the rifle club, glee club and national honors society. She also enjoyed square dancing with the Acton Square Wheelers. In 1958 she performed at the Brussels World’s Fair with them. She graduated from high school in 1962.

She enjoyed reading, sewing and spending time with her family and loved the ocean. She had many different jobs over her life ranging from Digital and JoAnn's Fabrics to being an overnight security guard. She also worked many years for the Town of Acton’s Planning Board. Her last job was probably her favorite working third shift at the West Acton Mobil Station! She loved people and got to see so many faces old and new there.

She was preceded in death by her mother (Eillen), her father (Eugene) and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her son Donald and daughter Katy both of Acton, and two grandchildren, Logan Campobasso of Acton and Taylor Campobasso of Lunenburg,her sister Jeanne Wood of Florida, and niece Cindy Paul (and family) of Hopkinton, Ma.

She will be fondly remembered and severely missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be planned for later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the American Lung Association or Reading is Fundamental.

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Maureen McLaughlin

Posted at 09:05am
Good morning- My mother Irene White McLaughlin was a classmate of Eileen Callanan and my aunt Jean White, while much younger, counted Eileen, as well as the entire Callanan clan, as a very close friend. On behalf of Jean, age 90 and going strong in Stockbridge MA, we extend our condolences to your family. Katy- I remember you from many years ago working @ Lahey where I remain. We will keep Margaret in our thoughts and prayers. Maureen McLaughlin

Katy Douglas Posted at 07:49pm

I didn't realize that Jean was still alive. Thank you for your kind words and memories. I'll always remember that your mother and I shared the same birthday.

Ruthann Bakun

Posted at 02:49pm
Margaret's mother was my mother's best friend in adulthood. Eileen and mom (Rita Dunivan Powderly) both grew up in Acton and attended Acton High School. They shared the company of many mutual Acton friends. Friday nights often featured a Lenten fish dinner at our house in Harvard, with Eileen and Jean White. The Callanan door was always open to us, and I enjoyed often visiting, inspired by the aunts (Gracie and Celia) to become a teacher. Sharing Grammy's chocolate chip cookies was heaven. Eileen was esteemed by so many, and her love for Margaret and Jeannie was without bounds. My sister shared many trips to Gloucester beaches with them. Margaret was kind and beautiful with her auburn hair, and sooo smart. Only good memories.

Katy Douglas Posted at 09:48pm

Thank you for your kind words of my family and sharing the great memories.

Joan Hansen Richards

Posted at 12:53pm
I attended school in Acton and Acton Boxboro with Margaret and also was in the square dancing group with her in high school until she left and another classmate step in to dance with her partner Richard Nylander. We spend a few summers at her aunt Ceclia and Grace Callanan's cottage at Good Harbor, Gloucester. We loved going to the beach. I called her my her nickname at the time Margie, and she was a very caring and kind friend. I remember our Civic/History teacher Arthur Hayes also vice principal of the high school commenting Margaret was one of the smartest students he had taught. He had hoped she would go to M.I.T. We were all surprised when she married young and followed her heart and loved her family. I am glad that part of her earthly journey included Margie with my friend Jane Mazzeo Ross, any others whom we spent time with being teenagers in our carefree years in Acton. Her sister Jean was in my brothers classes. Her mother Eileen was a wonderful nurse and came from a devoted family. My heartfelt sympathy on the death of your mother and grandmother. I had lost track of her over the years as I live in Lancaster since 1970 and assume she preferred to stay out of the things related to the Class of 1962 and reunions. Our classmates had a 55th reunion and mentioned those who we could not find contact information. She was missed, and will be mentioned in our email.

Katy Douglas Posted at 03:04pm

Thank you for your kind words about my mother. She did love Gloucester and will be returning there this summer 😊

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