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Margaret C. Morse- Jandris

Margaret C. (MacDonald) Morse Jandris, 94, of Gardner, died peacefully, Sunday, May 10, 2020, in the Sterling Village Long Term Care Center, Sterling.

Born in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada, on March 26, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie (Russell) (Thayer) MacDonald.

She was predeceased by her husband Albert C. Jandris, who died in 2001, and Carlton Douglas Morse “Doug,” who died in 1966, and a brother Earle MacDonald.

Margaret is survived by two daughters, Marsha Morse-LaCroix and her husband David LaCroix of Hubbardston, and Heidi (Jandris) Sloan and her husband Jason Sloan of Gardner; one son, Dana Morse and his wife Darlene of Gardner; two sisters, Eloise Carlson of Georgia, and Rosemary Raymond of Gardner; five grandchildren, Daniel, James, and Benjamin Morse, Jane LaCroix and Armande “Ari” Sloan; two great-grandchildren, Harrison and Bentley; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Margaret traveled from New Brunswick, Canada at 3-months of age with her older brother and mother to settle in Athol, MA.

She worked as a telephone operator supervisor for many years. She married and moved to Petersham with her first husband. After his sudden death, she later remarried and moved to Gardner, where she has lived for the past 40+ years.  

She raised her three children as well as Patty (Melanson) Jordan of Taunton; and for a short time, her brother William Melanson of Orange; and was a caregiver for many children.

She was a homemaker who loved and treasured time spent with her family. She loved freestyle and belly dancing. She loved to sing, socialize, laugh, and be the life of the party. She loved to play ping pong and catch. She was “not your average grandma,” according to one of her grandkids. There was no cookie baking in HER kitchen, but the earthy fragrance of freshly juiced beets, carrots, garlic, and celery will be fondly remembered.

Funeral Services will be announced at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue, 381 Baldwinville Road, Templeton, MA 01468. Please reference in memory of Margaret C. Jandris.

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Thank Karen

Marsha May 19 2020 12:00 AM

To Marsha, Dana and Heidi, I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a lovely woman, so full of laughter and cheerfulness. She enjoyed life and her great sense of fun was contagious. I have many good memories of her, especially when she got together with her aunt, my mom Margaret. They shared wonderful memories and I loved hearing them laugh and giggle together, especially when they were with your grandmother and Aunt Lottie. She was so kind to me and I was very fond of her. I miss them all so much. My sympathy for your loss.

Karen Cutter Corcoran May 17 2020 12:00 AM

To Marsha, Dana, Heidi and families,
I was saddened to learn of your mothers death. One of my cousins came across her obituary and he kindly passed it along to the Cookman siblings. Margaret and my mother, Jeanne Shannon Daley Cookman, were childhood friends, friends forever, and neighbors in Petersham. Margaret was often a character in stories my mother told; it seemed Margaret was often doing something, hilarious, outrageous or both.

Some grownups take on an exaggerated role in the eyes of children, and Margaret Morse was one such person for me. I remember walks up the street to visit her, walks in the woods with Margaret and baby Marsha, and the lively voice and happy demeanor she almost always radiated. I am so happy I got to visit her a few years ago in Gardner; she was very much the Margaret I remembered.

I hope you find joy in memories of her, as have I.
Carin Cookman

Carin Cookman May 15 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Carin.

Marsha May 15 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman with a big heart.

James Robinson May 13 2020 12:00 AM

I was 9 years old and my brother Bill was 11 years when my father died suddenly and my mother had a nervous breakdown. Bill and I became wards of the state and Margaret opened her heart and home to two frightened children. We were truly blessed to have her family take care and love us as if we were their own. She was a mother to me, I will miss this beautiful soul. Love you Margaret

Patricia Jordan May 13 2020 12:00 AM