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ANDOVER: Lillian “Lillian” Prince Margolis died at home in Andover on Sunday, November 2, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Lillian was the youngest daughter of Gordon C. Prince and Anna Agassiz Prince. She was predeceased by brothers, Gordon “Pete” A. Prince, George “Georgie” Prince; and sister, Marie “Mamie” Prince Jones. Lillian is survived by her sister, Anna “Pansy” Prince Haley; brothers-in-law, Joseph W. Haley and Vincent W. Jones.

Lillian attended and graduated from the Shore Country Day School and Dobbs. In 1951, she matriculated at Wellesley College and later achieved her Bachelor of Arts in history from Boston University in 1972. Lillian went on to earn a master’s degree in History from Tufts University.

Lillian’s marriage to Harry L. Curtis Jr. ended in 1958, and in 1960, Lillian was remarried to Morton Margolis, a professor of Humanities at Boston University. Prof. Margolis died in 1990.

In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, generous friend, and devoted caregiver, Lillian had a lifelong interest in American history and was passionate about politics. Her master’s thesis at Tufts University focused on farm policies of the New Deal during The Great Depression.

Lillian was also an avid chess player, gardener and reader. She belonged to several book clubs, including the Andover group and the Algonquin Club of Boston. She raised and rescued West Highland White Terriers, one of her life’s passions. In her late 50s, Lillian attended an Outward Bound session in the Olympic Cascades, ascended Long’s Peak in Colorado, and climbed to Gilman’s Point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

After surviving a bout of cancer at age 58, Lillian devoted herself to serving as a volunteer with Merrimack Valley Hospice, a job she performed with energy and empathy for the next 17 years.

In addition to Mr. Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Haley, Lillian is survived by her sons, Harry L. Curtis III of Pennington, N.J., and John P. Margolis of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Alice O. Curtis; grandchildren, G. Parker Curtis, Suzanna S. Curtis, and Eliza L. Curtis; and stepdaughters, Nadia Margolis and Aimee Margolis. Lillian’s other stepdaughter, Valerie Margolis, died earlier this year. Lillian is also missed by many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

Funeral arrangements are private. According to Lillian’s wishes, a memorial service celebrating her life is set for May 17, 2015, at Willowdale in Topsfield, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, merrickmackvalleyhospice.org or Northern New England Westie Rescue, Inc., nnewestierescue.org. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Haverhill and Bradford. Condolences to her family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  November 5, 2014
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