Margaret Dunn

Margaret Dunn (O'Grady)

March 18, 1932 - January 13, 2020
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Margaret Dunn, 87, of Chelmsford, passed away on January 13, 2020 after a brief illness. Known to her family and friends as Peggy, she was born on March 18, 1932 in Milford, to the late Margaret and Edward O’Grady. Peggy was a graduate of Marlboro High School, and after graduation, she met and she married her late husband, Douglas Dunn of Natick. Peggy had a very successful administrative career with Digital Electronic Computers. After her retirement, Peggy eagerly went on to serve the community of Chelmsford, non-stop, by her active membership on numerous committees and participating in various civic projects. Her favorite was the creation of Winter Fest.

Peg also served as library trustee, and town representative for many years. She was very civic minded and enjoyed serving the citizens of the community. In her spare time, Peg enjoyed birding and provided food, water, and housing for the avian community. Peggy was a kind, considerate, and loving person, and her family and friends will miss her.

Burial will be private and donations in Peggy’s memory can be made to the Chelmsford Public Library Gift Book Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. For online condolences visit CHELMSFORDFUNERALHOME.COM and find us on Facebook.
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Evelyn McKay

Posted at 02:24pm
I have fond memories of time spent with Peggy when I lived in Chelmsford. She was a community leader and, in that role, she asked me to help out in a few efforts. Firstly, Peggy engaged me to serve clam chowder and more at the lunch stop for the first Winterfest, which she established pretty much on her own. She inserted lots of energy and enthusiasm into her projects. She was also very interested in nature. Under Peggy’s leadership, a small group of us worked hard to clear brush and open up a piece of conservation land in Chelmsford. I recall Peggy’s exuberance at finding a small patch of pink lady slippers on the land, and nearby a patch of lemon ones. I hope they continue to bloom for her.

Johanna Wray

Posted at 03:22pm
John and I first met Peggy when we moved to Chelmsford in the early 1990's. We had decided to volunteer with a new group that was forming to help clean up and maintain conservation areas for the town. Peggy was designated leader of this group (which we named Chelmsford Conservation Volunteers), and she quickly demonstrated her admirable organizational and communication skills to coordinate with the Conservation Commission on the best plan of attack for these neglected areas of town. We were a small group, but we made a huge impact under her direction.

Peggy enlisted us to help organize the first ever Winterfest for town, and she continued to organize this event pretty-much single-handedly for the next 10 years! Peggy also jointly organized the first ever Farmer's market for town, which is still operating, and helped research and guide the transition of the old town hall into what is now a bustling center for the arts. She was a town representative for many years, a library trustee, and served on many committees in town. She seemed to have boundless energy and drive.

Peggy was kind, caring and fair, a no frills kind of person. She was loved and respected by many, and however busy she was, she always made time to stay in touch. I loved hearing her stories about her late husband Doug, who left her way too soon. I hope she has reunited with him in her afterlife. We will miss her.
Johanna Wray

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