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January 16, 2013

Marion (MacIntosh) Latham


Newbury — Marion MacIntosh Latham passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in Haverhill, MA, surrounded by family. Marion was born October 24, 1937 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Reverend Douglas and Beatrice MacIntosh. She spent much of her early childhood on her grand parents’ farm outside Halifax.

After WWII her family immigrated to United States, where her father became the pastor of the Second Congregational Church in West Boxford.

During her high school years, the family lived in Jamaica Plain, MA, at the Central Congregation Church. Marion attended Girls Latin in Boston, and was adept at sports, earning her the title “Queen of Sports.” Marion attended Simmons College of Nursing until she married Nick Latham in 1958. Shortly thereafter, the young couple bought a small farm in Groveland, MA, where they raised four children living close to the land. Chickens, a milk cow, a large vegetable garden, honey from the honeybees and homemade bread supplied the staples of daily life.

Marion loved music and played piano and sang with Groveland Congregational Church Choir and the Pentucket Choral Society.

In later years she lived in West Newbury, Salisbury and most recently Newbury, MA.

A gentle spirit, Marion is best remembered as someone who had a deep appreciation of family and the simple pleasures of a phone call or a shared meal.

Marion is predeceased by her parents and two brothers. She leaves a sister, Kathryn Townsend, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, sons Douglas Latham and wife, Betsy, Bill Latham and wife, Belinda, and daughter Maria Latham and husband, Paul Rosa all of Groveland and daughter Susan Latham and husband, Ben Scherz of Newburyport, as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the Groveland Congregational Church at a later date to be announced. Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gould Farm, www.gouldfarm.org. Condolences to her family may be made at

www.farmerfuneralhomes.com