Margaret J. Neill

April 11, 1945 - September 26, 2014 

Margaret J. Neill

April 11, 1945 - September 26, 2014 

Obituary for Margaret J. Neill

Margaret Jean (Daugherty) Neill, loving wife of David G. Neill, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Friday, September 26, at the Lahey Hospital, Burlington, MA after a short illness.

Margaret was born in Dayton, OH to the late John and Helen (Burton) Daugherty of Bradenton, FL. Together they raised her in Mitchell, IN until they moved to Marlborough, MA where she would meet her husband. She graduated from Marlborough High School in 1963 but was always a member of the same class year at Mitchell High. Margaret went on to earn her bachelor's degree from the Worcester State Teacher's College and would later earn her Master's in Education from Cambridge College.

She was a beloved 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in the Gloucester Public School system for 36 years, first at the Forbes School, then the Hovey School and later at the West Parish School, retiring in 2003. In her retirement years, she continued in the education field as a substitute teacher at the Cutler School in Hamilton and as a volunteer at the Wenham Museum. She was known for her math tricks and love of reading by her many students.

In addition to both her mother and husband with whom she shared 47 years of marriage, she is survived by her sons, Andrew and his wife Sarah of Ipswich and Timothy and his wife Courtney of Hamilton. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren whom she adored so much, Connor, Elisabeth, Alexandra and Asher; her brother Patrick of Bradenton, FL, her sister-in-law, Jackie (Neill) Greene and her late husband Don, of Cary, NC; brother-in-law, Brian Neill and his wife, Melissa of Hudson, MA; a nephew, Patrick Neill of Marlborough; a niece, Tiffany Giorgio and her family of Needham; her extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins in Kentucky and Indiana as well as the extended Neill family to include the Mosher, Lambert and Cadieux families in the Marlborough area and many close friends. She also served as a second mother to so many.

Funeral service will be held at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers on Sunday, October 5, at 2:30 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St, Beverly on Saturday, October 4, from 2 to 4 P.M. Internment in Hamilton Cemetery will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's memory to the Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church 85 Constitution Ln. Suite 200A, Danvers, MA 01923 or to another charity of one's choosing, or simply go out and do something kind and loving for someone as Margaret would do. For further information, directions, and to send condolences please visit

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