, Gloucester, MA

June 3, 2013

Margery A. Brennan, 78

Gloucester, MA — Margery Ann (Metziger) Brennan, 78, wife of the late James J. Brennan, died peacefully on Thursday, May 30, in Wenham, Mass.

Margery was born in Joliet, Ill., in 1935. She graduated from St. Francis Academy for Young Ladies in 1952, and Marquette University, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1956. She had a long career in nursing, having worked in Boston and on Cape Ann at Addison Gilbert Hospital, and as the director of the North Shore VNA. She also worked for Hospice of the North Shore and Senior Home care. She was a wonderful, matter-of-fact and dedicated nurse.

She moved to Boston in 1960, and she and her fellow nurses would often come up to Gloucester in the summer for the nightlife. One night at the Rockaway, a Rocky Neck hotspot, she met James Brennan. That meeting led to a summer romance and an enduring 50- year marriage. After they retired, he from teaching and she from nursing, they traveled extensively. They hiked glaciers in Switzerland, drank beer in Irish pubs, and trekked through the Costa Rican rainforest. They spent many happy years in Gloucester, enjoying its beaches and its many interesting walking spots.

Margery is survived by two children, James Brennan Jr. of Montague and Martha Brennan of Wenham; four cherished granddaughters, Rachael and Anna Brennan of Montague, and Madeleine and Julia Hines of Wenham. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Margery also leaves behind a vast array of loyal friends, who enriched her life and who buoyed her through her final weeks. She had friends from all walks of her life; former colleagues, gym friends, book club friends, neighbors, lifelong friends, and Ti Chi friends. They all helped her feel loved and remembered in her last months.

ARRANGEMENTS: A time of visiting and reminiscence will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, Mass. Family and friends are encouraged to come and share a story or remembrance or leave a memento.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, in her memory are greatly appreciated.

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