Margaret Ellen Wheeler, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Whitney Place Assisted Living Facility, Northborough, MA. Born in Marlborough, MA she was the daughter of Herbert Alonzo and Elizabeth (Misener) MacKenzie. Wife of the late Donald R. Sowden for 15 years and the late Donald H. Wheeler for 42 years. She is predeceased by her brother Herbert MacKenzie and by her son Donald M. Sowden of Hampton, Virginia. She is survived by her sister Sally Ellis of Lancaster, MA, her children Scott W. Sowden and his wife Sue of Northborough, MA, Keith A. Sowden and his wife Denise of Hudson, MA, Todd H. Wheeler and his wife Dawn of Longmeadow, MA. Mrs. Wheeler is also survived by 9 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, CT in 1980 where they resided until 2001 when they returned to Hudson, MA. Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Woodstock, CT and later became a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hudson, MA.
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.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Graveside burial for funeral services at 11am on Wednesday July 28, 2021 at Rural Cemetery 11 Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA 01772
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army at https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/