Margaret Elizabeth Preece, 97 of Reading MA passed away peacefully on Fri Jan 29, 2021 at Artis Senior Living
of Reading MA. Margaret was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
She was the daughter of Alice May McKenzie (Shearer) (deceased) and Hugh Ellis McKenzie, (deceased) sister
of Aileen Dow (deceased) and Murielle Maddock (deceased). Her loving husband of 67 years, Royston Charles
Preece who passed away a few years ago at the age of 91.
She leaves behind her sister, Rosemary Gabb, from Ross-on-Wye, England and several nieces and nephews
both in the United States and England. She also leaves behind her daughters Jennifer A. King and her husband,
Robert King of Newton, NH, Allison E. Preece and her husband Sanjiv K. Bhatia of Reading, MA and her son
Anthony D. Preece of South Weymouth, MA. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 10 great
Margaret was elegant, intelligent and beautiful with a magnificent dry British sense of humor, well-spoken and
well liked with many friends at Lord and Taylor Department Store where she worked for 37 years in better
sportswear where she answered the phone in her British accent "Mrs. Preece, Better Sportswear!". She had
quite a following of devoted customers, especially during the Christmas season when many men relied upon
her to suggest the absolute right gift for their wife or girlfriend, then she would beautifully wrap it. Her
customers loved her sense of style and her talent at choosing the absolute right clothes for the right occasion.
Margaret also worked as a fashion model in the 1960's for R.H. Stearns.
Margaret worked at the British Telephone Exchange during WW2 in Bristol, England as a phone operator
where she had to memorize a different secret code each day that was used to identify callers of high ranks
placing calls / being connected to relay classified information crucial to the war efforts. She met Royston
there, her future husband, who worked as an engineer at the exchange.
She travelled frequently to the U.K. She was a member of the British Charitable Society of Boston attending
several events also worked as fashion model in the 1960's for R.H. Stearns her picture appearing in the Boston
Globe during a photo shoot. Margaret was known for her elegance, style and lovely British accent and sense of
As a little girl at Alexandra Park School in Bristol, England, she was given a report "Certificate of Character" as
she was a school monitor – having been awarded to give tea to the teachers, her report which she was very
proud of said "A girl of ladylike habits & bearing; quiet, unassuming but confident and will do well. Very
reliable and trustworthy", and this certainly was Margaret.
Charitable donations in her name may be made to the: British Charitable Society of Boston, c/o Mr. Anthony
501 Maple Meadows
35 Maple Avenue
Sudbury, MA 01776
Or you may go to: www.thebritishsociety.org
And place your donation there in her name.