, Newburyport, MA

April 12, 2013

Margaret E Cowhigh, 76

Salem, MA — Margaret E. “Tootsie” (Phillips) Cowhig, 76, of Salem died peacefully on Tuesday afternoon with her family by her side following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late David Cowhig.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Harry “Spike” and Edna (Driscoll) Phillips. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1954.

Tootsie was employed as a laundrist for more than 30 years at the Mayflower Dry Cleaners in Marblehead, and also at Goldsmith Newspaper in Salem, inserting the circulars in each week’s newspaper. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Salem.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathleen and Wayne St. Hilaire, of Salem, Barbara and Robert Ensign, of Amesbury, and Paula Cowhig and William Hurley, of Danvers, a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Patty Cowhig, of South Carolina, a brother, Peter Phillips, of Salem, four grandchildren, Teresa and Matthew Lunt, of Marblehead, Eric and Noel St. Hilaire, of Danvers, Faith and Arin Jordan, of Raymond, N.H., and Breann Cowhig of Beaufort, South Carolina, a great grandchild, Summer St. Hilaire, of Danvers, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Patty Cowhig, of Middleton, her dear friend Mary Tobin, of Lynn. She was predeceased by her brother Henry Phillips and mother and father-in-law, Avernia and Francis Cowhig.

ARRANGEMENTS: Following cremation, visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. There are no funeral services and burial planned at this time. Expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), P.O. Box 62596, Baltimore, MD, 21264-2596. For directions and on-line obituary, visit