Margaret E. Tibbetts, at 78
Margaret “Maggie” E. (Fallon) Tibbetts, of Hull, died Jan. 12. She was 78.
Mrs. Tibbetts grew up in Quincy. She graduated from Quincy High School and Chandler School for Women, after which she worked as a legal secretary and travel agent.
Mrs. Tibbetts was a member of the Cohasset Golf Club for more than 30 years; she twice won the Lincoln Bowl, was an active member in the Massachusetts Women’s Golf Association, and competed in many golf matches and tournaments throughout Massachusetts.
Mrs. Tibbetts was also a member of the Cohasset Yacht Club, a terrific bridge player, and an absolute master code breaker who could solve the morning cryptoquote over just a few sips of coffee.
While her husband ran Wollaston Alloys, a steel foundry he owned in Braintree, his wife raised their three children at home. After he sold the business in 1982, they did a great deal of traveling. They also enjoyed spending time over the years at vacation homes in Florida and North Conway N.H., where she loved to snowmobile with her family and friends up and over Hurricane Mountain into Maine.
With their children raised and starting families of their own, Mrs. Tibbetts converted and renovated the family home in Cohasset into The Inn at Actor’s Row, which was featured in Colonial Homes Magazine in 1991. When it became too much of a daily commitment, keeping Mrs. Tibbetts from the golf course for too many days in a row, the couple sold it and moved to Scituate, then to Hull to retire.
A few years later, in 1998, bored with retirement and eager for a new challenge, they convinced their son, Taylor, and his wife, Nancy, to go into business together. They bought two wine and spirit stores in Hull and Scituate. They added a third store to their growing family business in the Pinehills community in Plymouth in 2010.
Mrs. Tibbetts was incredibly fun-loving and had a great talent for entertaining. She loved to get dressed up, had an iconoclastic sense of style, and amassed a wonderful collection of costume jewelry, especially earrings, the bigger the better. She was an unbelievably talented cook, who only rarely needed to glance at a cookbook. She was fiercely independent. She could ride a motorcycle, navigate an airplane, and create wonderful works of art in acrylic and oil.
Above all else, Mrs. TIbbetts was unswervingly devoted to her family. She was generous to a fault, always thinking of ways to support her husband, children, and grandchildren in whatever endeavors had caught their passions. She was a true matriarch, who will be more than missed.