Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Ellen (Christenson) Gerden. She was a 1946 graduate of Westborough High School and attended Westbrook College in Maine.
Margaret worked in the accounting department at National Grid prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough, the Westborough Women’s Club, and the Lunch Bunch.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Richard C. Roche Jr. of Gloucester, Helen R. Race and her husband Rich of Ballwin, Mo., Ann-Britt Hoover and her husband Bob of Westborough, and Carl A. Roche and his wife Kim of Westborough; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a brother, Carl Gerden, and a sister, Helen Gerden.
The family would like to thank The Willows, Beaumont, and Salmon Hospice for their exceptional care.
Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Thursday, Jan. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m., in the Congregational Church of Westborough, 57 West Main St. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Westborough Fire/Ambulance Gift Fund, 42 Milk St., Westborough, MA 01581.