Margaret M. Carroll Obituary

Margaret M. Carroll, 85, of Rye died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover.

She was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Cambridge, Mass., a daughter of the late Patrick J. and Margaret M. (Hoban) Carroll.

Margaret grew up in Cambridge, graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston and then began a career in education with the Cambridge School System. She was an exceptional teacher at the Peabody School and eventually grew to be principal of the Longfellow School for many years.

Early in her career, she earned a master's degree in Boston, and she took summer classes in England and Ireland. In addition, she did quite a bit of doctoral work at Boston College.

During her retirement in Rye, Margaret wrote for Rye Reflections and was the founder of SERVE, an organization serving the town's elderly. Most important to her, however, was her volunteer work for the Court Appointed Special Advocate For Children (CASA) program, which utilized her sense of justice and caring love of children.

Family members include her sister Mary T. McCue of Rye; her nieces and nephews, Michael J. Carroll and wife Jan of Rye, Diane M. Bell and husband Alan of Jasper, Ga., Jean E. Carroll of Raymond, Marie E. Gunn and husband Michael of Lilburn, Ga., Jeffrey Carroll and wife April of Rye, Thomas McCue of Berlin, Stephen P. McCue and wife Wendy York of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mary E. McCue and husband Daryl McGann of Rye; her cousins, Kay Connor of Milton, Mass., and Terence Hoban of England; and her sister-in-law Bette A. Carroll of Hampton.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her brother Thomas M. Carroll and her nephew Paul J. McCue.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Cambridge, Mass., in the spring with date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret's name may be mailed to the National CASA Association, 100 W. Harrison St., North Tower, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98119 Attn: Kaye, or online at To sign an online guest book, please visit