Margaret E. Rutherford


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Danvers - Margaret E. (Blades) Rutherford, 82, passed away on July 18 2019 in her home. She was the wife of the late Burnic Rutherford.
Born in Peabody along with her identical twin sister Mary on September 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the Late Charles and Margaret (Andrews) Blades. She was raised and educated in Salem and often spoke fondly of her summers spent with family in Plymouth. After graduating from Salem High School in 1954, she attended the Bay State Academy. Margaret went on to work for Pan Am Airlines as a reservationist. Taking advantage of the benefits of working for an airline, she traveled to many wonderful places, but her favorite place to spend time away was in Cape Cod where on a weekend visit with friends she met her husband, Burnic, with whom she spent 36 years of marriage until his death in 1998.
Margaret also worked for many years at the former Ann & Hope and as a bus driver for the North Shore Technical High School, where she drove for over 20 years and met her close friend Elenore Brandley. In her later years she was an active participant in the Danvers Council on Aging doing volunteer work and attending many activities at the Danvers Senior Center. She loved working, was an avid reader, enjoyed going to the movies with her sister and most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren. Margaret had been a resident of Danvers for over 50 years and was a longtime communicant at Saint Richard Parish.
She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Rutherford and her husband Michael J. Dascoli of Salisbury and Elizabeth Genovese of Danvers and her partner Joseph Vanella, her three grandchildren, Michael R. Dascoli and Alyssa and Anthony Genovese, her identical twin, Mary Cummings, nieces and nephews, Sheila Sullivan, Chuck Cummings and Kathy McBride and their families.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 2019 In Saint Richard Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers. Burial will follow at 1:15 p.m. on July 24, 2019 in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Margaret's name to Meals on Wheels c/o North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200, Danvers, MA 01923. Online donations may also be made at Online directions and condolences at
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Mary McBride Tobin and Tom Tobin
Jul 23, 2019
We met Margaret a few times over the years at he nieces house. She was a lovely women. Sending thoughts and Prayers to all her family. RIP
Kim Purdy
Jul 22, 2019
Garden To Go Basket was purchased for the family of Margaret E. Rutherford by Kim Purdy.  Send flowers
Judy Montague and Rob Horetzke
Jul 22, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family during this very difficult time. We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our sincere condolences to you all. God Bless. 💕
Luv Judy and Rob.
Barbara (Harrison) Newman
Jul 21, 2019
I was just talking with Margaret on Tuesday. I had called her because she didn't respond to our reunion that is coming in August. We had a nice talk . I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Mary my love is with you and your family.
Carla King
Jul 21, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers to Beth , Sheila and their Families ❤️
Eleanor Brandley
Jul 21, 2019
My dear friend of 37 years, you have been like a sister to me. We were always there for each other. We cruised to Nova Scotia, Bermuda, Alaska and the Caribbean. And many road trips. I will miss you and never forget the friendship we had. Our last words to each other Tuesday were “I Love You”.