Margaret Marden, 86, of Shrewsbury/Northborough


Shrewsbury/Northborough – Margaret “Margo” R. (Callinan) Marden peacefully passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the age of 86. Her husband, Charles H. Marden, preceded her in death in 1987.

Margaret was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Bangor, Maine, daughter of the late William and Rose (Toole) Callinan. She attended St. John the Baptist High School, graduating in 1949.

At age 17 she enrolled at the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her B.S. in Nursing. Margaret dedicated her life to caring for those in need. She spent many years working as a R.N. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Framingham Union Hospital, as a nursing supervisor at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, and ending her career at Wellesley College where she oversaw the campus infirmary.

During this time, Margaret and Charles lived in the Marlborough and Framingham area where they raised their family. After retirement, Margaret lived 12 years in Northborough where she was active in St. Rose of Lima Parish and the Northborough Senior Center. In 2016, she relocated to the home of her son in Shrewsbury.

An enthusiastic sports fan, she enjoyed following the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and especially the Bruins. She enjoyed traveling and keeping up with her children and grandchildren’s activities. Above all, Margaret was very dedicated to her faith.

Among her survivors, Margaret leaves four sons, William Marden, wife Carol and their children, Bobby, Samantha and Kathleen of Lewes, Del.; Charles Marden, wife Karen and their children, Michael, Christopher, and Andrew of Shrewsbury; Robert Marden, wife Nancy and their children, Danny and Holly; and Stephen, wife Christine and their children, Keith, Danielle, and Matthew of Millbury, as well as nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Margo Truett of Columbus, Ga. She was predeceased by a brother, William F. Callinan.

Please consider making a donation in Margaret’s name to St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main St., Northborough, MA 01532 or to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

A calling hour will be held Wednesday, March 7, between 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main St., Northborough. A private burial will take place in Newton Cemetery of Newton.

Please visit Margaret’s Book of Memories at to leave a condolence or light a candle.

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