In Loving Memory of Marge Harper

November 23, 1923
Irvine, Alberta, Canada
July 12, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Timothy's Espiscopal Church

Memorial Service

4670 Congress Street,
Fairfield CT 06824

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 11:00am


Family Gathering


St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

4670 Congress Street,
Fairfield CT 06824

Margaret Joan Harper

Margaret Joan Harper, teacher and school administrator, died Friday, July 12, 2019 at her home in Fairfield. She was 95. Margaret was born November 23, 1923 in Irvine, Alberta Canada to Russell and Alice Harper. Margaret and her parents moved to Massachusetts when she was eight. She graduated from Bellingham High School in 1941. She graduated from Framingham State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1945. She received an MA from Fairfield University in 1977. Upon graduation with her bachelor’s degree she taught Home Economics at the Girls Club in Waterbury, Connecticut. She moved to East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where she taught Food and Clothing to middle and high school students. In 1953, Margaret moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, to work with the Fairfield Public Schools. In 1957, she assumed responsibility for feeding Fairfield’s public school students with funds provided by the federal government. Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 (48%) of Fairfield’s students aged Kindergarten through 12th grade participated in the city’s hot lunch program each year. She retired in 1987, after 30 years, to take care of her elderly mother. She was an organizer of Fairfield’s Food Pantry where she worked as a volunteer for eight years. She also served as head of the Altar Guild at St. Timothy’s Church where she was a parishioner. She is survived by her cousins Jean Culbertson Young (Louisville, Kentucky) and Joan Culbertson Scott (Ft Lauderdale, Florida) and their children: Rebecca Young (Cecil O’Neal) of La Chapelle Gonaguet, France; Deborah Young and her daughter, Katherine Xuelan Young (Birmingham, Alabama); and Douglas Scott (Ft Lauderdale). In addition, she is survived by cousins Brenda Bolton (Peter Wells) of Toronto, Canada, and Barbara Bolton (Richard Smythe) of Sidney, British Columbia. Margaret will be missed by her companion, Ginny Worcester, who took care of her in her final years on earth. The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, August 28th at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (4670 Congress Street, Fairfield, CT 06824) In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

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  1. Margaret was a remarkable woman whose mind rarely rested. She loved her community and relished staying engaged in the activities of Fairfield. With much appreciation to her companion of the last six years, Ginny Worcester, who enabled Marge to have a wonderful final chapter filled with new adventures (including this photograph of Marge at a recent “Blessing of the Fleet”).

  2. Two of Marge’s most appreciated and endearing qualities were her keen observation and wit. Marge enjoyed friendly company while sharing interesting stories and amusing vignettes. Marge and Ginny’s comfortable home was hospitable and warm, where I have fond memories of celebrating our dear friendship and being thankful for life’s blessings. Marge was a firm believer in slowing down enough to relish simple pleasures and to enable the house cats ample opportunity to find an inviting lap. May we remain grateful for the loving friends who enter our lives.

  3. I know that your dear Marge will live in your heart forever. She was a salt -of-the-earth kind of a gal and spunky too. she will be missed by all who knew her, dearest Gin. love you, Mary

  4. dearest Gin, take courage and know that our Marge is resting at peace now, with the angels!
    She will be sorely missed. love you, Mary