Margaret Elizabeth (Booker)'s Story
Margaret Elizabeth (Booker) Brown, a longtime Newbury, Mass., resident, passed away peacefully at Sea View Retreat, Rowley, Mass., on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl A. Brown, in 2010. Peg was 94 years old, and had lived with fierce independence until suffering a series of falls in the last several months.
Born in Gadsden, Tenn., Peg was a true Southern belle -- a steel magnolia from a long line of steel magnolias. She was the daughter of the late William Branch Booker, Jr., and the late Nannie Myrtle (Richardson) Booker of Gadsden. She was also predeceased by her brother, William B. Booker, III, of Gadsden. Although she left the South when she married her husband of nearly 66 years, she never lost her Southern accent or her gracious Southern ways.
Peg and Carl considered theirs to be a true love story for the ages - they met during World War II at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where Carl was in officers’ flight school training and Peg was completing a bachelor’s degree in education at George Peabody College for Teachers.
They were married in Tucson, Ariz., shortly before Carl was deployed overseas as a bombardier in the Pacific. Peg taught elementary school back in Gadsden while Carl flew some 18 bombing or troop supply missions. When the war ended, Peg and Carl moved “up North” to Newburyport, Carl’s hometown.
Peg worked as a substitute elementary school teacher in Newbury and Newburyport for short periods for several years (fascinating her young charges with her Southern accent and her perfectly “poofed” bouffant hairdo). In 1956, the family moved to High Road in Newbury, where Peg remained until 2017.
Peg’s interests revolved around her roles as wife, mother, and homemaker. Tennis, with her lifelong Newburyport friend, Janet Pratt, bridge parties and volunteer work for the Anna Jaques Hospital and activities at the Oldtown Country Club were also important parts of her life.
Many Gadsden relatives would visit Newbury several times a year, and every summer, Peg’s family would return to Tennessee for extended visits with her mother and brother, great-aunts and great-uncles, cousins and family friends.
In later years, Peg delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their pets. She enthusiastically followed all their school, sports, career and family activities and was a well-spring of advice and life-lessons. She always had a kind word, a cookie (or dog biscuit), and a hug to make things better.
Peg is survived by her daughter, Melinda (Brown) Everett and her husband, Leo “Vin” Klos, both of Newburyport, and Melinda’s sons, Philip A. Everett and his wife, Rebecca of Portland, Maine, and Jeffrey S. Everett and his wife, Kelly Gill, and sons, Max and Alex, all of Derwood, Md.; and by her daughter, Dale (Brown) Fernald of Newbury, and Dale’s sons, Thomas K. Lucy and his wife, Moriah and their children, Carolyn and Carl, all of Newbury, and Michael E. Lucy and his wife, Amy, and their children, Samantha, Kate, and Brian, all of Newburyport. She is also survived by many cousins and lifelong friends, both locally and in Tennessee.
Peg’s family is forever grateful for the care, concern, professionalism and compassion she experienced while at Sea View Retreat. We could not wish for a better or more caring team. We will always hold them in our hearts, as they do Peg.
A Celebration of Peg’s life will be held at the Oldtown Country Club, 25 Marsh Avenue, Newbury, MA, at 12 noon on Friday, September 8, 2017. Family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Gadsden United First Methodist Church, c/o Mr. Junior Holyfield, 19982 Highway 79, Gadsden, TN 38337; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, MA.
Published on  September 5, 2017