~~Marjorie Lovett McGrath passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, May 29 after a brief illness. She was a resident of Palm City, Florida whose husband Dave predeceased her in 2013. Marge and Dave were married for 63 years and raised five children in Short Hills, New Jersey.
A devoted wife and mother, Marge was an inspiration to her family and friends. Her deep faith and positive outlook on life showered her with the love of those who knew her. Marge relished adventure, traveling the world with Dave and their friends. She lived an active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle. She loved to play golf, tennis and paddle, and to ski or hike with family and friends.
Marge was an avid gardener. She was a past President of the Short Hills Garden Club and recipient of the Rosalie Colie Bowl and Silver Trowel Awards. As a member of the Garden Club of America, she received the GCA Club Award for Floral Design and was a GCA Floral Design judge Emeritus.
Marge loved to learn. From studying French overseas to learning the latest technology or taking golf and bridge lessons to sharpen her skills, Marge was always interested in improving.
Marge was a parishioner at Holy Redeemer Church in Stuart, Florida and St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey where she was past President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ; Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Palm City, FL; Short Hills Club, Short Hills NJ; and the Snowmass Club, Snowmass Village CO.
Marge leaves behind five children, Anne McGrath of Pacific Grove, CA; Patty Morris of Tesuque NM; Laura Hardin of Chatham, NJ; Kate Morris of Andover, MA; and David McGrath of Short Hills, NJ; three sons-in-law, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother John B. Lovett, and sisters Shirley McGowan and Mary Frey.
A celebration of her life will be held on June 17, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hope Rural School in Indiantown, Florida or Atlantic Hospice in Morristown, New Jersey.