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Obituaries from the week of January 10, 2007


Margaret McLeod, 79

Margaret Watson Starr McLeod, 79, died Dec. 28, 2006 in Camden, ME.

She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Tracy MN, the daughter of Merrill Leroy and Lurene Bradley (Watson) Starr. Raised in Tracy, she graduated from Tracy High School and attended Carleton College, where she studied geology and played the saxophone; and the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis.

She met her beloved Bob at a piano concert in Minneapolis, and three months later embarked on a fulfilling 58-year marriage. She and Bob raised four sons in Falls Church, Va., Andover, Mass., and Wilton, Conn. When her children were grown Margaret had a fulfilling career as an executive secretary in the Wilton area.

Wherever she lived, Margaret was involved in community groups and opened her house to others, from new neighbors to her son’s stray teenage friends to foreign students studying in the U.S.

She liked to paint, garden, quilt, sing in the church choir, and most of all, travel with Bob. The two took many journeys across the Atlantic and Pacific, and made regular forays to Prince Edward Island in Canada. Some of their favorite adventures were local: winter picnics at the beach, canoeing rivers and lakes, and taking long walks in the forest.

She was a long-time member of the Wilton (Conn.) Congregational Church, and the Camden First Congregational Church. She was a member of Camden Garden club and book clubs, and was a long-time volunteer at Heavenly Threads, the church’s thrift shop.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Robert McLeod in November 2006, and son Lawrence John McLeod in 1981.

She is survived by sister Helen (Starr) Nelson of Seattle; brother John Starr of Little Falls, Minn.; sons Bradley McLeod and wife Debbie of Lenexa, Kan., Jack McLeod and wife Eve of Bothell, Wash., Iver McLeod and wife Barbara of Woolwich; and five grandchildren.

Services were held on Jan. 6, at the Camden First Congregational Church. The Rev. Kevin Pleas officiated.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to First Congregational Church of Camden, ME or to the Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, ME.

Arrangements by Laite Funeral Home, Camden.