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Published in the January 5, 2018 edition

MELROSE — Marjorie E. “Margie” (Babcock) Dugas passed away at her home in Melrose on December 21, 2017. Margie was born and raised in Melrose and has lived in the same home for her entire life. She graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School and then from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.

Margie was a member of the United States Cadet Nurses Corps during WWII. Mrs. Dugas worked as a registered nurse at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for eight years and then for the Middlesex Fells Nursing Home on Martin Street in Melrose for 21 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church, a campfire leader, a CCD teacher, enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting, and was a talented seamstress. Margie loved animals especially her dog Sam. But above all she loved spending time with her family.

Mrs. Dugas was the beloved wife of the late Dennis J. “Duke” Dugas. Loving mother of Marie D. Morrow and her husband Steve of Everett, Audrey A. McMahon and her husband Michael of Billerica, Paula J. Dugas and her husband Lee Scarborough of Wells, Maine, Gerard J. Dugas and his late wife Barbara, Sheila M. Dugas and Brian J. Dugas all of N.H., and the late Michael and Ellen Dugas. Former mother-in-law of Charles M. Koehler Sr. Cherished grandmother of Danielle, Kristina, Rebecca, the late Scott, Charles Jr., Michelle, Anne Marie and Thomas. Proud great grandmother of Andrea, Ryan, Emily, Samantha, Owen and Aiden. Caring sister of the late Marion F. Murphy.  Dear friend and neighbor of Ellen Hutchins and the late Dodie Robertson. Also survived by her beloved dog Sam.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, December 26.  Procession from the funeral home was on Wednesday morning, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, Herbert St. Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Marjorie’s name to the Melrose Emergency Fund, c/o Mayors’ Office, 562 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 or to the Knitting Connection Inc., c/o Sue Manning, P.O. Box 560065, West Medford, MA 02156-0065. To leave an online message of condolence please visit