Virginia Machie died in her home at 88 on March 1, 2017.
"Unexpected and pleasurable" is how she recently described her life.
A daughter of "the world’s best clams" clam shack restauranteurs in Hampton, N.H. she was a true New Englander. She met her husband, William, while she attended B.U., where she got a degree in merchandising. After marrying, they lived in California, Texas, Arizona, Mexico and Peru. They spent the early summers at a cottage on a lake in Wisconsin. She would row around the edge in her old green wooden rowboat looking at the fish, frogs and waterlilies. She loved the peace and beauty of the nature. She returned to New England to retire and they chose Chatham where she owned and ran Chatham Fabrics for many years.
Wherever she lived, she was always involved with her community, giving back by volunteering, and helping start a library where there wasn’t one. In Chatham, she was involved in the Drama Guild, Creative Arts Center, Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery, and Independence House. She knit and sewed items for newborns and volunteered at Holy Redeemer.
She loved lively social times full of laughter, joking and merriment, and was busy with bridge, a Spanish group, bowling, gardening, and golfing. An excellent cook and conversationalist, she was a party-giver extraordinaire, and she had the best and most infectious laugh. She had front row seats at Momonoy theater for over 20 years. She loved to paint, draw and read, and to create with fabrics and yarns. She loved dogs, the beach, sun and warm weather (favorite beaches: Harding, Crab and Wawakiki, Peru).
In the mornings, you would find her with her cup of coffee puttering around the patio surrounded by the song of birds. She enjoyed how beautiful it all was from the butterflies to the fish pond. In more recent years, she and her friends have shared a good game of cribbage, a cup of tea and a sweet while solving the world’s problems, a lobster roll at Sesuit Harbor or at home to celebrate a birthday.
She survived an awful accident only because of her strong determination to live. The accident altered and diminished her last 8 years.
She loved her friends and they were loyal to the end, a true testament to her. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Machie, Teresa Machie and son-in-law William Harris. Funeral to be held at Holy Redeemer, Chatham on Saturday March 18 at 10 a.m. Donation to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.