Marjorie (DeSantis) Gilbert

Formerly of Newton, MA.   Marjorie peacefully passed away in her home at Nashua Crossings surrounded by loved ones on December 25, 2020 at the age of 96.   Beloved wife of the late Claude Gilbert, cherished mother of the late Claude Edward (Chip) Gilbert.  Born November 18, 1924, one of four children born to the late Nunziata and Donato DeSantis.  Treasured sister of Richard Charles Desantis Sr. and his late wife Mary DeSantis of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, her late sister, Mary DeSantis Colella, and her late brother, Charles Edward DeSantis. 

Cherished aunt to Richard Charles DeSantis, Jr. and his wife Miriam of Hollis, NH, the late David DeSantis, his wife Kathleen Doyle of Milton, Daniel and Gisele DeSantis of Easton, MA, Nancy Nicosia and her husband Dr. William Docken of Nahant, MA, Charlene Colella of Venice, FL and Charles Colella of Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Marjorie is also survived by her loving great nieces and great nephews: Christina Nicosia of New Haven, CT, Rachael DeSantis of Brookline, NH, Richard C. DeSantis III and his fiancé Samantha Razzaboni of Brookline, NH, Mark Doyle of Milton, MA and her great, great nephew and her godson’s namesake, David Sullivan of Brookline, NH.

As a lifelong resident of Newton, Margie developed a talent and passion for baton twirling.  She twirled for Newton North HS and for Boston College.  Many kids in Newton involved in twirling took twirling lessons from Margie.  She was instrumental in helping a host of young girls receive scholarships to colleges including Syracuse University, University of Miami, Boston College and University of Massachusetts, among others.  Margie marched in every Memorial Day parade in Newton as a twirler with Margie’s Majorettes for over sixty years.

Margie was one of the two Twirling Dervishes who toured professionally with the Bob Hope Show during World War II.  She earned one of the highest honors in baton twirling-the honor of Major Margie Gilbert at the University of Notre Dame, was recognized as a top judge in the twirling world and went on to be admitted into the Hall of Fame for baton twirling.  Today, there are five scholarships given annually in Margie’s name for her lifetime achievements in the twirling world.  Until three years ago, she traveled regularly and judged twirling events from China to Switzerland and across the United States. 

In 1962, Marjorie was selected as Mrs. Boston and later, went on to become Mrs. Massachusetts where she won the prize as one of the best cooks in United States.  She remained involved in the Mrs. Massachusetts pageant throughout her life.

Margie will be remembered as a truly amazing woman whose zest for living was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. 

The family is grateful for the loving care Margie received from the wonderful staff at the Benchmark Assisted Living at Nashua Crossings in Nashua, NH.  

 Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic protocols, the Burial at Newton Cemetery will be held privately.  Family & Friends can attend a Memorial Mass celebrating her life which will be held at a later date at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation to the charity of your choice in Marjorie’s name.  We encourage you to visit for updates and to send the family an e-condolence.


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