Margaret Delehanty



SOUTHWEST HARBOR

Margaret Marshall Delehanty, age 82, passed to her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at her Quiet Cove home on the coast of Southwest Harbor. She died as she lived, believing in Jesus’s promises and was an inspiring witness to her family and friends.

Margaret was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Derbyshire, England, to Arthur E. Marshall and Alice M. Ackrill. She was the devoted wife of the late Edward J. “Ted” Delehanty (1995). She leaves behind her sister, Jean M. Lasater, in Sandpoint, Idaho, a much-loved daughter more than niece, Jean Alice Hauritz, and her husband, Kim R. Hauritz, of Priest River, Idaho, niece Sophia Ann Sarember of Newport, Wash., her special grandnephew Maj. Miles T. Hauritz (U.S. Army), grandnephews Nicholas J. Young and Jordan E. Hauritz, grandniece Elizabeth Jean Hauritz, mother of two great-grandnieces, Clementine and Adelaide. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Arthur Marshall.

Margaret grew up as a child in war-torn England, living in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, by the North Sea. In 1949, she moved to Australia, where she finished her education and made her debut and started her career in radio and television. In Wangaratta, Victoria, she became “Auntie Margaret” on the “Children’s Hour” for the outback children at radio station 3NE, hosted by the “Women’s Hour.” She was also record librarian. Her television work began in Sydney as a film librarian for TCN Channel 9 and later she became the presenter for the Cheesebrough Pond Playhouse Hour, hostess of “What’s My Line” and various TV commercials.

An opportunity arose to move to America and Margaret worked for NBC in Hollywood, California as film librarian and co-producer of an afternoon talk show. Black-and-white TV turned to color and next she moved to Universal/MCA studio. During this time she worked with such greats as Brando, Newman, Bernie Schwartz (aka Tony Curtis), Hitchcock, Grant and last but not least, “Pebbles,” as Margaret affectionately called Rock Hudson. She organized and ran the Universal Visa and Travel Department for 10 years until she left that job to marry “Ted,” the love of her life. They settled in Mill Valley, Calif., before her husband’s career assignments led them to the East Coast. They lived in Littleton, Mass., and then Marblehead, Mass., prior to retirement, when she and Ted moved to Southwest Harbor in 1979.

Margaret embraced life with vim and vigor. She became friends and nurtured relationships with people all over the world. She traveled around the world seven times, climbing sand mountains in the Sahara Desert and skydiving over the Pacific Ocean while in Hawaii. Quiet Cove was always her final destination. Wherever she was in the world she sought out public gardens, museums and theatrical productions. Classical music, opera and songs from the ’30s to ’50s were her special passion. Margaret tended her own beautiful home gardens at her Quiet Cove Cottage on the Western Way. She was an accomplished embroiderer with silk and metal threads and an award-winning black and white photographer.

Margaret knew that one of her spiritual gifts was hospitality and she opened her home to many and served them well. She shared her extraordinary organizational skills, as a volunteer with many organizations in California and Massachusetts. During her years in Maine she served others as a member of the board of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; trustee of the Tremont Congregational Church; vestry member at Church of our Father in Hulls Cove; and trustee board member of the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church as well as their Bicentennial Committee Chair. She also served on the board of the Southwest Harbor Historic Society, and historian and chaplain for the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter K in Ellsworth. She was a member of the Bar Harbor Rotary Club and the Bar Harbor Garden Club and immediately prior to her passing Margaret continued as secretary of her book club. Margaret also served as a past volunteer for Island Connections, Safe Family Exchange and the Southwest Harbor Library.

As Margaret’s illness progressed she took great comfort in God’s creative beauty around her at Quiet Cove and fully embraced the faith of her Father. A true woman of the world, Margaret added to every conversation and brightened every room she occupied. She will be greatly missed by all her family, and especially her close friends: Diehl and Susan Snyder, Jane Adams, Thelma Daar, Mike Bullard, Tony and Joanne Sousa, Kim and Jackie Carlson, Brad and Kate Berry, Terry Stanley, Carol Healey, Sandy Green, Pat Sweeney, Mary Carol Griffin, Gerald Rahelich and her P.E.O. sisters.

A memorial service will be held at Southwest Harbor Congregational Church at 29 High St. in Southwest Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hancock County Homecare & Hospice, 441 Main St. No. 2, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or the charity of your choice.

 

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