Margaret Jael Scott Brown Murphy, 90, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, passed away on April 29, 2021 in Basking Ridge. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is the daughter of Howard Arthur and Katharine Jones Scott. She is preceded in death by her brother, Howard Arthur Scott, Jr.
Graduating from St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin. Margaret and her husband Donald R. Brown began their marriage in Tallmadge, Ohio, but in 1962 moved to Basking Ridge, NJ. For many years, Margaret enjoyed working as an office manager/treasurer for Astor Place, a needlecraft wholesale business. Later, she was employed in the Bernards Township Tax Collector’s office. A longtime, active parishioner of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Margaret served on the Altar Guild for 40 years. She was also a member of the Basking Ridge Garden Club and an avid bridge player.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Scott N. Brown of Cornell, IL, Douglas R. Brown (Heather) of Tewksbury, NJ, and daughter, Martha Brown Heiner (Jeffrey) of Basking Ridge, NJ; as well as her 7 grandsons: Trevor, Randall, Terence and Craig Brown, and Jeffrey, Gregory and James Heiner.
A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Seating is restricted due to COVID protocols. A livestream option will be offered, which can be found by visiting the church website, stmarksbr.org. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
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