Marguerite (Peg) E. Strong Stacy
Marguerite (Peg) Strong Stacy, 92, died August 4th at Country Manor Rehab in Newburyport, MA. The daughter of Charles A. and Pearl Abbott Strong, she was born May 16, 1922 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Strong family farm in South Hadley Falls and graduated from South Hadley High School in 1940. In 1942 she graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where she majored in Floriculture. In 1945 she married Russell Stacy, who sat in front of her in homeroom at South Hadley High School. Resuming her college education when her children were in high school, she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Framingham State College in 1965 and in 1978 earned her master’s degree in education from Fitchburg State College.
Most of Peg’s professional career as a teacher and guidance counselor was spent at the Bales School in Milford, NH where she was devoted to her students and their welfare. Many of her former students remember being invited to the Stacy house after school to share supper and see how Mr. and Mrs. Stacy lived. She served on many committees related to education including one that worked to encourage accountability in the school system.
Upon retirement, Peg worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). During her 2 year term she helped establish the Souhegan Adult Literacy Team (SALT), now known as ALPS, in the Milford/Greenville area. She continued as a tutor for GED students and those learning English as a second language, working with students from 19 different countries. Many of these adult students participated in Stacy family events and holiday celebrations. Eventually Peg became the volunteer director of this program, which still provides education to adults today.
Peg’s devotion to education was recognized in 1984 when she was presented the Literacy Award from the Granite State Council of the International Reading Association. Governor Sununu presented her with the “Celebration of Excellence in NH Education Award” in 1985. In 1987 a grant she wrote allowed the purchase of computers and software for literacy instruction in the NH Hill Towns.
Peg and Russell enjoyed traveling near and far, often camping, and in later years attending Elder Hostel programs. One of Peg’s favorite trips was to Poland where they worked with school children who were learning to speak English.
Russell predeceased Peg in 2009 while they were living happily in Mont Vernon. They had frequent visitors from near and far who were always entertained whether it was on the porch or in front of the wood stove. The pair was always a source of positive support for everyone who knew them.
Peg leaves her son, Charles, and his wife, Sonia, of Salisbury, MA and their son, Peter, and her daughter, Amantha Moore, her husband, Stephen, of Newburyport, MA and their sons, Curtis and his companion, Kate Allen, of Arizona and Antarctica and Nathan and his wife, Heddi Nieuwsma, and their sons Augustus and Hendrik, of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Her brother, Chester “Chet” Strong, lives in Seattle, WA and two brothers-in-law in Connecticut. She also leaves cousins and many nieces and nephews.