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Martha Douglas passed peacefully on Saturday, April 18th with her loving husband Charles by her side. Martha was blessed with 91 years of life surrounded by a growing family and lifelong friends.
Martha was born in Boston on October 31, 1928 to Henry Hixon Meyer and Mary Brewster Meyer. Martha was the fourth and youngest child in a family of boys. She grew up in Belmont and graduated from Concord Academy. While at Westbrook Junior College, she met a dashing young man from Bowdoin College named Charles who was to be her loving husband for almost 69 years.
She enjoyed volunteering for many years which included service at schools, libraries, in addition to helping in the South Shore Hospital gift shop for 18 years where she earned her 8,000 hour pin. In the past, Martha was an active member of her church, a member of DAR and several garden clubs. African violets were her specialty, winning awards at Boston Flower shows. Martha was an avid tennis player in her younger years. She was always reading a book or playing Sudoku and was very talented in knitting and needlepoint.
Martha is survived by her husband Charles, her four children and their families; Charles Douglas Jr. and his wife Mary Ellen, their children Charles III and Cristina; John Douglas and his wife Maryanne, their children Lindsay, Brittany, Kelsey and their families; Mary Geary and her husband Brian, their children Sean, Ryan, Bryna, and their families; Michael Douglas and his wife Tonya, their children Ashley, Mitchell, Annie and their families; and five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Martha is predeceased by her mother, Mary Brewster Meyer, father, Henry Hixon Meyer, her brothers Henry and August along with their spouses, and her favorite older brother, Peter, who died in the Second World War at the Battle of the Bulge.
Martha believed and carried the following narrative, author unknown, called “Togetherness”.
“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past. Nothing has been lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before – only better. Infinitely happier. We will be one, together forever”.
Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, a memorial service and internment will be scheduled for a later date. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (https://www.masseyeandear.org/online-donation-form or 243 Charles Street Boston MA, 02114) and St. Stephens Church of Cohasset (https://www.ststephenscohasset.org/give or 16 Highland Ave, Cohasset, MA 02025).
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