Obituary for Margery Cole
Margery Manning Cole, born on November 15, 1922, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2017. She grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, as the only child of Rufus B. Manning and Rachel W. Blodgett. She graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York in 1941 and from Smith College in 1945, where she majored in English. She was married for 51 years to the late Charles J. Cole, Esq., a longtime partner at the law firm Robinson and Cole and a former member of the Board of Directors of Travelers. Together, they had five children: Charles J. Cole, III; Rufus M. Cole; Sara B. Cole; Elizabeth C. Horton; and Samuel H. Cole. An avid bridge player and golfer, she was a member of the Hartford Golf Club, the Kittansett Club in Marion, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut Valley Garden Club. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Renbrook School and the Board of Directors of the Sarah Seneca Residential Services, Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides residential services for people with disabilities. She is also a member of the Colonial Dames of America. She devoted her life to her family and was a deeply kind and caring person to everyone she met. She is survived by her five children; six grandchildren, Charles J. Cole, IV, Henry K. Cole, William S. Cole, Anna F. Horton, Kerry M. Horton, and Mark J. Scurrah; and her great grandchild, James R. Cole. A memorial service followed by a reception will take place on Saturday June 24 at 1:00 p.m.at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarah Seneca, 15 NE Industrial Rd., Branford, CT 06405.