Margaret Mary Wade


Margaret Mary (Singleton) Wade of Indian Walk Road, Wellfleet, died on July 11, 2015, at Cape Cod Hospital of kidney failure. She had undergone cancer treatment for a year. She was 92.

Born in 1923 in Wilkinsburg, Pa., to Ida and Lewis Singleton, Margaret attended schools there until the family moved to Springfield, and later to Wilbraham. She graduated from Springfield Technical High School and attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania for one year. She married Irving Wade at the Wilbraham United Church in 1948. They lived in Syracuse, N.Y., while Mr. Wade completed a degree at Syracuse University. They also lived in Wheeling, W.V., Wooster, Ohio, and Billerica, until Mr. Wade’s death in 1959. She returned to Wilbraham to raise her three children with her father.

Margaret purchased a property in 1976 in Wellfleet, due to her love of the Cape stemming from joyous yearly family vacations since 1956. She rented it seasonally until she moved into the house full­-time in 2002.

Mrs. Wade’s career ranged from nursery school teacher, telephone operator, and Welcome Wagon hostess to numerous secretarial positions at the Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Springfield YMCA, the Ludlow Corp., and Kanzaki Paper until her retirement in 1989.

Margie, which she preferred, loved her family and friends dearly. She enjoyed corresponding with them her whole life, keeping up with some friendships for 80 years. Nature was an interest she had shared with her husband, and she enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and swimming. While she was never able to fulfill a lifelong desire to travel far and wide, she became an avid armchair traveler. Television also provided hours of enjoyment for her other passion: food. Recipes were clipped and collected, even when she no longer had much interest in eating.

Missing her are children Coree Reid of Englewood, Fla., Susan Wade of Vineyard Haven, and Christopher Wade of Bonita Springs, Fla. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Courtney, Jason, and Kelsey Wade; Justin, Elijah, and Coralee LaRue; and Andrea Reid. Her beloved granddaughter, Emily Reid O’Connor, predeceased her.

Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to Mustard Seed Kitchen, P.O. Box 833, Wellfleet, MA 02667, or the Council on Aging, 715 King’s Highway, Wellfleet, MA 02667. Condolences and messages can be sent to A memorial service is planned in the fall of 2016 in Wellfleet.