Margaret Foss Wood, 96, of Great Neck, Ipswich, passed away on
August 21, 2013, after a brief illness.
She was the widow of the late
Stanley W. Wood.
Born in Bridgeport, CT, August 8, 1917, she was the daughter of
the late Rudolph and Grace E. (Jenkins) Foss. Raised in Essex,
she graduated as a registered nurse from Children's Hospital and
then received her B.S. from Simmons College. In her nursing
career she was employed in the Harvard Pediatric Study in
Cambridge as well as a Public Health Nurse with the Boston VNA.
During World War II she served as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse
Corp. Margaret lived the life of a true renaissance woman. From
a young age she felt drawn to a number of interests: the delight
of the outdoors, reading, the gifts of writing, painting, and
music, and the exhilaration of the sea.
She married and raised her son, Stanley, in Needham and summered
on Great Neck in Ipswich, which eventually became her permanent
She is survived by one son, Stanley W. Wood, Jr. of Ipswich. She
was the sister of the late David Foss formerly of Hamilton and
of Ethel MacIntosh formerly of Newmarket, NH.
A private funeral service will be held graveside in the Spring
Street Cemetery, Essex. Arrangements are under the directions of
the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers
memorial donations may be made in her name to: Leukemia
P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202, the Greenbelt
Association, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA 01929 or the Mass.
Audubon Society, Fund for Nature, c/o Member Services, Mass
Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.