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Margaret Story

Margaret Story, long-time Essex resident, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Born in Worcester in 1917, she lived for a time in Rhode Island, but made Essex her home for all her adult life.  She was a graduate of Pembroke College and earned a masters degree in French literature from Columbia University.  She starting teaching at the Rufus Choate School in Essex and moved on to the “New Essex Elementary School” before leaving to teach French at Beverly High School. Margaret Story loved language and words. She was a trustee of the T.O.H.P. Burnham Library in Essex for many years. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle devotee, loved to quote her favorite poems and could almost always produce the etymology of a word on request.  A true francophile, she spoke French fluently and traveled many times to France, visiting favorite spots and queuing up for inexpensive seats at La Comedie Francaise in Paris. She created wonderful gardens, made beautiful quilts, liked to weave and sew, and was a great cook.  She was married for 63 years to Dana A. Story, Essex shipbuilder and local historian, who died in 2005.  She is survived by two of her three children, Brad Story of Essex and Christine Day of Ipswich, grandchildren Isaac Taylor of Mountain View, California, Edith Fouser, of Ipswich, Peter Day of Burlington Vermont, Emma Story of Brooklyn, New York, and great-grandaughter Simone Coogan Taylor of Mountain View California. She is also survived by nephews Robert Bishop of Attleboro, Frederick Bishop of El Valle, Panama, and Charles Bishop of Ipswich.  Her eldest son, Richard Story, and her two brothers Charles Bishop and Robert Bishop predeceased her.       

Funeral arrangements are private.

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