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MERRIMAC, MA: Virginia M. (Comley) Churchill, 91, of Merrimac, died suddenly at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport on Friday evening, March 13, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Churchill.

Born in Newburyport on June 11, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Winthrop M. and Winifred A. (Greenwood) Comley. She was a graduate of Southern Lancaster Academy and had attended several years of nursing school. Virginia was instrumental in helping her father, Winthrop, in establishing Sea View Health and Rehabilitation facility in Rowley in 1954, now owned and operated by Stephen B. Comley II, fourth generation of the Comley family. She retired as a bookkeeper for CPA David Carlton’s accounting firm in Lynnfield, Mass., after many years.

Virginia enjoyed traveling and camping, loved furniture restoration, and was an accomplished seamstress and drapery maker. She was also a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Amesbury.

Virginia leaves behind four grandchildren, who were very special to her, Carlton H. Goodwin and wife, Debi, of Kingston, N.H., Cynthia F. Sampson of Kentucky, William H. Goodwin III of Amesbury, and Adam Goodwin and wife, Nicole, of Hampton, N.H.; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Stephen Comley Sr. of Rowley; her sister, Linda D. Coleman of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom loved her very much. She was predeceased by her son, William H. Goodwin Jr. in 2013; her grandson, Wade S. “Steve” Goodwin in 2005; and her brothers, Winthrop M. Comley Jr. in 2006 and Charles W. Comley in 2015.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m., at Mount Prospect Cemetery, Elm St., Amesbury. By request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. Arrangements by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury.
Published on  March 17, 2015
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