Northborough – Margaret Ellen Wheeler, 93, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021, at Whitney Place Assisted Living Facility in Northborough. Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of Herbert Alonzo and Elizabeth (Misener) MacKenzie. She was wife of the late Donald R. Sowden for 15 years and the late Donald H. Wheeler for 42 years.
She was predeceased by her brother, Herbert MacKenzie, and by her son, Donald M. Sowden of Hampton, Va. She is survived by her sister, Sally Ellis of Lancaster, and her children, Scott W. Sowden and his wife Sue of Northborough, and Keith A. Sowden and his wife Denise of Hudson, Todd H. Wheeler and his wife Dawn of Longmeadow. Mrs. Wheeler is also survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was a 1945 graduate of Marlborough High School and went on to receive a medical associate degree as a Phlebotomist and Laboratory Technician. She worked in this capacity at Belmont Memorial Hospital in Worcester and as an employee of Dr. Columbo, at his private practice, until his death in 1965.
Mrs. Wheeler and her husband moved to Woodstock, Conn. in 1980 where they resided until 2001 when they returned to Hudson. Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Woodstock, Conn. and later became a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hudson.
Margaret was an excellent cook who loved cooking and baking for family, friends, and church functions. Her invitations to a cup of tea will be greatly missed. She had an outgoing personality and quick wit that allowed her to start a conversation with anyone; anytime, as if they had been lifelong friends. She always seemed to know someone wherever she went.
A memorial service and urn burial at Rural Cemetery of Southborough are pending.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army at https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/