Margery J. (Hills) Roy's Story
Margery J. (Hills) Roy McGlew, of Salisbury, formerly of Amesbury, passed through the veil to meet her best friend and Savior, Jesus on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
Margery was the fourth child of Irving C. Hills and Mildred Eliza (McGlew) Hills' five children. Margery was born and raised in Byfield during the first part of the Great Depression, a time when vegetable gardens and scarcity were common. Sharing and neighbors were as important as family for survival.
It was also during these early years that Margery learned to love our natural world. Her father, Irving, shared with her his love of flowers and vegetables of all types and his sense of humor. If you spent any time at all in the kitchen with her, she would show you the faces in a banana when you sliced it or the magnificent shapes and curves of a cabbage or head of lettuce when opened up.
Her mother, Mildred, gave her the gifts of compassion, strength, and peace in her circumstances. From the stories I have heard and read, her sense of adventure and daring came from them both.
After graduating from NHS in 1945, she spent a winter season in Stowe, Vt. Soon after, she married an Air Force pilot and crossed the open country, living in Michigan, Washington, Alaska, California, Alabama, South Carolina, and D.C. Margery enjoyed people immensely and made friends and shared her heart wherever she was.
A relative of local artist Laura Coombs Hills, she enjoyed painting along with gardening and humming hymns. She faithfully read Charles Spurgeon, an early theologian every morning and evening. A light and unstudied grace seemed to surround her, and she welcomed everyone she met with an open heart.
Margery was predeceased by her husband, pastor, and author, Rev. Robert F. McGlew (As I See It, Newburyport Daily News); her son, Lawrence “Bud” Roy, Jr.; and siblings, Mildred Rudy Hills Jeffers, Lester I. Hills, Walter C. Hills, and Geraldine Davis. Margery is survived by her two daughters, JoAnn E. Whitley and her husband, Raymond of Salisbury, and Jennifer E. Hills of Newburyport; her six adoring grandchildren, Ben Roy of California, Sarah Whitley Poulin of Amesbury, Philip Whitley of Rockport, Joel Roy of California, Daniel Roy of Cambridge, and Maya Zolnay of Newburyport; her five precious great-grandchildren, Josiah, Samuel, Evelyn, Lydia, and Sato. JoAnn and Lawrence “Bud”, Jr. are children of Margery’s first husband, the late Lawrence Roy, Sr.
Margery was especially thankful to the medical community for all the discoveries and advances in cardiovascular care which made it possible for her to live in relatively good health until the ripe old age of 90. This is also why she donated her body to Harvard Medical School in the hopes of furthering research and the treatment for coronary heart disease.
She said, “The most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus.” But that hadn’t always been the case. As a young adult, she had experienced “people of faith” as irritating. That all changed, however, when at the age of 33, after a period of intense searching for spiritual truth, the small home she lived in was filled with the supernatural light of God, and in that brief moment, God answered all of her questions and she became a lifelong believer.
She invites you to join in her journey with Jesus. ”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6. One of her journal entries reads, ”Receiving the love of God, the most attractive life on the face of the earth, is the one that I’ve been given. His love that makes all others seem rough. I live to have mercy, to be kind, to love others.”
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Margery’s life at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St., Georgetown. Immediately following, all are invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall for a Receiving Line and refreshments. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Margery J. McGlew’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or The Pettengill House, 13 Lafayette Rd., Salisbury, MA 01952.
Published on  May 27, 2017