Obituary: Dr. Marilyn (Moses) Meserve, 95

Dr. Marilyn (Moses) Meserve, 95, of Southborough and Cow Island, NH, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022, after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Edwin A. Meserve who died in 2017. Born in Ticonderoga, Ny she was the daughter of the late Marian (Card) and Luther Moses.

At the age of 16, Dr. Marilyn graduated from Ticonderoga High School and earned a bachelors degree in biology from Boston University. She continued her education and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. In her 3rd year of medical school she married her husband Dr. Ed. They moved to Southborough in 1952 where Dr. Marilyn established a family medical practice in her home and later limited it to pediatrics. She practiced there for over 38 years.

Dr. Meserve was a beloved part of the Southborough community and co-founded the local Mental Health Association, where she also served on the board of directors. She was also a founder and board member of Teen Canteen in Southborough, along with the FISH program which provided meals, companionship, transportation and babysitting for people in need. Dr. Marilyn was an avid reader and enjoyed skiing, boating, and “soaking up the sun”. She spent many summers on Cow Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH or at her family’s beach house in Ocean Park, ME. After her retirement she and Dr. Ed wintered in Sebastian, Fl. Dr. Marilyn was active in the Southborough Schools providing vaccines and physical to the students. In addition, she was an devoted member of Pilgrim Church. 

She is survived by her 6 children, John Meserve and his wife, Nancy of Douglas; Jay Meserve and his wife, Julie of Leicester; Don Meserve and his wife, Mary of Ticonderoga, NY; Tom Meserve and his partner, Kathy Bellemare of Tuftonboro, NH; Beth El-Massih and her husband, Fadi of Southborough; Chuck Meserve and his partner, Meredith Madison of Southborough; her 10 grandchildren, Jolene Fantony, Andy Milaszewski, Molly Conway, Katie Shahrestani, Rebecca Zeyak, Cheryl Meserve, Rachael and Leah Meserve, Natasha and Jason El-Massih and 8 great grandchildren, Ava Fantony, Emily and Ashley Milaszewski, Colin and Olivia Conway, H.P. and Jack Shahrestani, Myles Zeyak and Luther Meserve. She is predeceased by her sisters, Helen Haughey and Emmy Mishaan.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 4, from 4 to 7pm at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 10 am at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Common Street, Southborough. Burial will follow in the Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Dr. Marilyn’s memory to Pilgrim Church Common Street Southborough, MA 01772.

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(Obituary and photo via Morris Funeral Home)

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Mike Ferris
2 years ago

Times may change, situations may change, but our memories can never be forgotten. Dr. Meserve is Southborough. She healed our bumps and bruises taught us about how to care for our health and raised us up as a community. She and her entire family are Southborough. Tom, Chuck, Mary and family we all loved your Mom. She was the best. Second to none.

Beth Dambacher
2 years ago

Can anyone tell more about Teen Canteen? I’ve never heard of it and, as a member of the Youth Commission, I would love to know what it was. It sounds like it might have been a wonderful thing. Thanks!

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