Northborough – Marilyn Frances (Harper) Dingley, 82, of Northborough, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center.
Born and raised in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Charles D.Harper Sr. and Adeline R. (Fairbanks) Harper, and was the wife of the late Richard E. Dingley, who died in 1997.
A graduate of Framingham High School, she had been employed as a Transport Dispatcher at the family owned County Line Sand & Gravel Company in Berlin.
Mrs. Dingley served as the president of Happy Homesteader's Square Dance Club in Shrewsbury, and had been a co-coordinator for the 200th anniversary of the town of Northborough in 1966. She remained active and vital well into her 70s, teaching water aerobics, relaxing with needlework, camping with her husband with the New England Family Camper's Association, etc. She was a dedicated mother, a talented cake decorator and lover of museums, history, outdoors gardening, cats and butterflies.
She is survived by her sons, David Dingley and his wife Sandra of Northborough and Russell Dingley and his partner Dr. Laura Lorenz of Marlborough; her brother, Richard A.”Flash” Harper of Marlborough; and her granddaughter, Jennifer Dingley of Boston. She was also the sister of the late James R. Harper and Charles D. Harper Jr. and the grandmother of the late Michelle Dingley of Northborough.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, from 3 – 5 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Edgell Grove Cemetery, Grove Street in Framingham, with a reception following to be determined.
Donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 in memory of Mrs. Dingley's late husband, Richard Dingley