Virginia Reynolds Marston, 97,
wife of the late Perley Marston, passed away on her husbandís
birthday, October 21, 2010 in the Lafayette Skilled Nursing
Center in Marblehead.
One of four
children of Andrew J. and Ethel (Wilson) Reynolds, she was born
on July 15, 1913. She graduated from the old Lynn English High
School during its final year, and attended the first
post-graduate year at the new Lynn English High School. She met
the love of her life Perley E. Marston when she was fifteen, and
he patiently waited until she grew up and asked her father for
her hand in marriage. They wed when she was twenty five years
old. They lived at 25 Salem Street for seven years before the
surprise early arrival of premature twins Bruce and Bethany.
Her twins weighed two and three pounds respectively, and would
not have even survived infancy but for the efforts of their
unusual mother. Virginia had her own little neonatal facility
right at 25 Salem Street, not allowing visitors to enter the
room without masks until the twins reached ten pounds at eight
months of age.
She worked in
exciting Lynn offices for such professionals as Elmer Fall and
Guy Newhall, with whom she remained friends for years following
the birth of her children. She ran a small insurance agency from
her home, and she and Perley owned and operated the Virginia
Marston Card and Candy Shop on Humphrey Street in Swampscott for
a number of years.
She leaves her
children Bruce Marston and his wife Joyce Evans of Passumsic,
Vermont, Beth Latham, widow of Robert A. Latham of Marblehead,
grandchildren Shaun and Dale Marston, Tara Latham and Terry
Holt, Dawn, Kim and Jason Evans, and great-grandchildren, Stacia
and Christina Marston, Shannon and Alden Latham, Kelsey, Laurel
and Andrew Holt, Ashlyn Evans, Taylor Tetreault and Andrew and
Kenady Dorr. She was preceded in death by her brothers Lawrence
and Robert, and her sister Marjorie Earp all formerly of Lynn.
service will be held at noon, Friday October 29 in the
Swampscott Cemetery, Essex Street, Swampscott. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are by the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.