June 25, 2013

Margaret Anne Rock


---- — WEST CHAZY — Margaret Anne Rock, 87, of the Jersey Swamp Road, West Chazy, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at her home, under the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law, and Hospice of the North Country. She was born in Harkness, Oct. 6, 1925, the daughter of Thomas J. and Elizabeth F. Conway.

She was educated in both the single room schoolhouse on Hallock Hill, and Keeseville High School. Anne went to work for Montgomery Ward in 1947. This was supposed to be a temporary job to assist in getting items needed for the home. It was anything but temporary, as she spent 42 years with the company prior to retiring. She was head bookkeeper for invoice records. Following her retirement, those closets were going to get a good cleaning, and she was NOT going to get into watching soap operas. Needless to say, the closets were sorted a bit and she ended up hooked on the soaps. Her favorite soap was Guiding Light. She was quite disappointed when the soap left the air. She also enjoyed home improvements. With pencil, paper, and tape measure in hand she took on many projects. She knew exactly what needed to be done. She and her grandson Jeff worked side by side on many projects. With their two heads together, the projects would be completed swiftly, with beautiful results, and time to come up with other ideas.

Her love of family was unconditional. It was so important to her that she share her life with her great-grandchildren. Everyone loved her stories that began with back in the day. She looked forward to any family gatherings, and in her view, the more the merrier. After everyone left she would comment how tired she was. But it was a good tired, and she knew why she was tired. She and her grandson Tim were proud of their Irish heritage. That was a special day for them. Tim would always send her balloons or flowers to acknowledge the day. In addition to the renovation projects, her grandson Jeff and his companion John offered her a great deal of enjoyment and laughter. She always looked forward to their cards and phone calls. Her special granddaughter, LoRee and husband Scott always took turns sitting and visiting and making sure she was out of her room and with the family. They would always bring her out of her room with her fancy walker they referred to as her Cad. Later, they would make sure she was tucked in for the night. Her new little princess, Charlee-Jo was a great comfort. Anne loved to snuggle and would babysit her dolls. The last fond memory was LoRee, Scott, and Charlee-Jo all in her bedroom having a dish of ice cream. Her son-in-law was so good to her, she often said, if she had to pick a son, it would have been Sam.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Ormsby) and Harold Sam Martin; two grandsons, Timothy Irwin, and Jeff Irwin and his partner, John Bryson; seven great-grandchildren, including LoRee Fleming and her husband, Scott; three great-great-grandsons; nephew, Donald Covel and his wife Linda and their beautiful family; and special caregivers, Kim McKee who was like a granddaughter, and Donna Roberts who could always make Anne smile.

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Raymond Conway, T. Frank (Margaret) Conway and their children, Larry Conway, and Victoria Conway; sister, Catherine (Donald) Covel and their two daughters, Shirley Covel, and Judy Covel; and step-grandson, Bryan Martin.

Calling hours will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial Mass will follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Alexander's Church in Morrisonville with Rev. Scott R. Seymour, parish pastor, celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Augustine's Cemetery in Peru.

Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Alexander's Church or St. Augustine's Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Anne please visit