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Margaret M. (Montmorency) Herold DeLong, 101, of Worcester, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at UMass Memorial Medical Center with her daughter by her side.
She leaves a daughter Helen M. Herold of Worcester, a son John F. Herold and his wife Susann of Fort Fairfield, Maine; two granddaughters, Diana Herold King and Theresa Herold and a great-grandson Jonathan King, all residing in Maine, and many nieces and nephews in the San Francisco, Calif. area. Her husband Perry J. DeLong died in 1985. Her first husband Dr. Ross E. Herold died in 1972.
Margaret was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1915, the youngest and last surviving of seven children, to Frederick A. and Claire (Drake) Montmorency. She moved to San Francisco at an early age, and resided in Carmel, Calif., until graduating from The University of California at Berkeley in 1938. After working in the UC Berkeley Library for several years, Margaret enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 and served her active duty tour during WW II at Camp Pendleton in Calif., where she met her first husband Dr. Herold, who was a Navy physician there. Margaret left the Marine Corps in 1948, having attained the rank of First Lieutenant. By then, she and Dr. Herold had married and moved to Dannemora, N.Y., where she raised her family and lived until 1975.
She and second husband Perry DeLong eventually retired to an antique farm house on the Battenkill River in rural Salem, N.Y., where she lived until moving to Worcester in 1992 to be near her daughter. Miggy, as she was fondly called by her family, was fiercely independent and exhibited a strong will throughout her life. Her appreciation of learning was exhibited by the fact that she participated in Continuing Education courses and workshops at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., until well into her 80's. Throughout her adult life, Miggy was a supporter of the performing arts, veteran's causes, and wildlife preservation. She regularly attended The First United Presbyterian Church in Salem, N.Y. She volunteered for several organizations including Women's Clubs of America, L'Ensemble Chamber Group, Cambridge Community Hospital, and 4-H Clubs of America. With a wry sense of humor, Miggy was known to be a great "punster" and her lovely smile will always be remembered.
Margaret lived a full life until her advanced years prevented lively activities. These endeavors included being an avid and skilled tennis player until age 80, bird watching, horses and riding, fly fishing, gardening, and the enjoyment of being a gracious and experienced hostess. She loved opera and classical music and was an enamel-on-copper artist for many years.
The Herold Family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Homestead Hall for the care and kindness given to Margaret over these last few years.
There will be a graveside burial service at the convenience of the family in Plattsburgh, N.Y., later in the spring. There are no calling hours. The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published on March 2, 2017
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