Margaret Ellsworth, nee Campbell, 86, of Mt. Prospect, former longtime resident of Arlington Heights, passed away July 28, 2018.
Beloved wife of Gerald; loving mother of William (Debra), Thomas (Nancy Swan), Daniel (Margaret), Michael (Nathalie), Robert and Peggy (Stacy Paller); cherished grandmother of Bill (Lauren), Brian (Ashley), Kevin, Bridget, Gerald and Margot; dearest great grandmother of Connor, Will, Brandon, Poppy, Liam and Finn; devoted sister of Nancy (Ed) Ryan and the late Betty (the late Jack) Goldberg and Patricia Kujawa; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Marge was quite a social butterfly and enjoyed meeting new friends. She loved her home filled with activity and always had room for strays – dogs and teenagers. Marge was very open and welcoming, she especially loved to feed any and all guests. She enjoyed time spent in the kitchen, she was a good cook and was an especially good baker, with world famous brownies. Marge was always active and participated in golf and bowling leagues into her 70’s. She loved to swim and socialize at the pool. She enjoyed traveling, the condo in Sarasota, Florida being her favorite destination. For 37 years she looked forward to reconnecting with her week 17 & 18 timeshare family where she could recite each person’s life story in detail, year after year. Marge enjoyed her weekly visits to Arlington Park to bet on the grey horse or lay down a $1 Trifecta Wheel. She also enjoyed the occasional gambling excursion and loved to play the slots in Vegas or local casinos and could not pass up a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Marge had an amazing memory and took great delight in the recollection and retelling of the details of one story after another. As the mother of six children and the manager of her household she was determined to repair anything on her own, from a running toilet to painting and wallpapering. With a big family, she became a master at diagnosing illnesses and mending an assortment of injuries. As much as she would get her hands dirty and tackle the tough jobs, she was always polished and impeccably dressed for all occasions. She had an amazing sense of humor and the ability to sum up a person or situation in the most concise, accurate, and honest way; maybe too honest, but almost always memorable. Marge was a strong, funny, caring woman who was passionate about her family and deeply loved by all who knew her. She will be profoundly missed and never forgotten.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 2nd, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Friends and family will meet on Friday, Aug. 3rd at St. Cecilia Church, 700 S. Meier Rd., Mt. Prospect for visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604 or www.heart.org. Info., 847-358-7411 or www.ahlgrimffs.com.