Margaret “Peggy” Lapham, 92: A career of compassion

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FREEPORT — Margaret “Peggy” Lapham, age 92, formerly of Brunswick, died Aug. 5 at Freeport Nursing Home. She was born on Aug. 4, 1920 in Claremont, N.H., the daughter of Fred and Lillian Carleton Slate.

Lapham was educated in the Townshend, Vt.,  schools and attended Leland and Gray Seminary in 1938. She came to Maine in 1938 and married Harold P. Lapham on June 14, 1940. She began working as a licensed practical nurse in Brunswick Community Hospital in 1952. She retired in 1977 after 25 years of service.

Lapham is survived by her son, James Lapham and his wife, Sandra, of Freeport; three daughters, Elizabeth Scott and her husband, John, of Richmond, Texas, Elaine Reed and her husband, William, of Chester, N.J., and Kathleen Sheffield and her husband, Frank, of Concord, N.H.; her brother, Arthur Slate, of Brattleboro, Vt.; a foster sister, Marlene Martin and her husband, Russell, of Topsham; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold, and her brothers Fred, Herbert, Frank, Richard and Charles Slate.

A graveside service was held Aug. 7 at Varney Cemetery in Brunswick, where she was interred next to her husband.

Donations in her memory may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church, 386 Church Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.