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Margaret Elisabeth Rose Webber

SHARON — Margaret Elisabeth Rose Webber, 81, died on Oct. 26, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 17, 1935, where her father was teaching theology, Margaret Webber grew up in New Haven, Conn., and New York City.

She graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, Conn., and Radcliffe College, where she sang with the Radcliffe Choral Society. 

After working briefly for the Oxford University Press in New York and appearing in off-Broadway productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, she married Christopher L. Webber, and lived with him in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lynbrook, N.Y., and Tokyo, before moving to Bronxville, N.Y., where her husband was rector of Christ Church for many years.  

She was director of volunteers for the Westchester County Cancer Society and then created the volunteer program for the first American Hospice at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York.  

She served then as director of volunteers at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and in the same capacity at Montefiore Medical Center.  

After retiring from health care, she developed a career as a travel advisor, specializing in guided group tours of the British Isles.  After a life lived in cities and suburbs, she and her husband retired happily to rural Sharon, living in an environmentally sensitive home that she helped design.  

In retirement, she sang with the Kent Singers and cultivated her long interest in both classic 19th-century and contemporary detective novels.

Margaret Webber is survived by her husband of 60 years, Christopher L. Webber; four children, Michael J. Webber of Chiriqui, Panama, and his wife, Maureen Laverty, Elisabeth R. Gruner of Richmond, Va., and her husband, Mark Gruner, Lawrence A. Webber of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Caroline M. Grant of San Francisco and her husband, Anthony Grant; four grandchildren, Mariah Gruner, Rose Gruner, Ben Grant and Eli Grant; and her two sisters, Judith Rose of Madison, Wis., and Frances Besmer of Kent.

Requiem Eucharists will be celebrated at All Saints Church in San Francisco and St. Paul’s Church in Bantam, Conn. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Hill Cemetery in Sharon.