Obituary: Rose (Varjian) Muggeridge, Former Volunteer at Armenian Mirror-Spectator


WATERTOWN — Rose (Varjian) Muggeridge, 91, originally from Franklin, then Watertown, passed away on November 19 at Carlton Willard Village in Bedford.

She was born and raised in Franklin, Massachusetts. Her parents were born in Armenia and her mother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.

Through the International Institute of Boston she met and later married David John Muggeridge, an Englishman. He predeceased her in 1959. They had one son, John David, who lives with his wife Karen in Southborough. Rose’s two granddaughters, Jacqueline of Boston, and Diana of Washington, DC, were the light of her life.

Her younger sister, Helen Katziff, is retired and currently lives in Sarasota, Fla. One sister, Mary, and three half-brothers, Archie, Greg and Harry, predeceased her.

Muggeridge lived most of her adult life in Watertown. In addition to working for more than 40 years at the Unitarian Universalist Association and Beacon Press in Boston, she found time to volunteer at the Boston Center for the Arts, Parents Without Partners and taught English as a second language in the Boston Public schools.

Her mother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Rose worked closely with the Armenian Museum in Watertown since its inception. She also volunteered with the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association, and the Armenian Mirror-Spectator.

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Rose enjoyed traveling both domestically and abroad. She loved flower arranging, foreign films, and listening to music — especially the big bands. No family gathering was complete without her contribution of cheoreg, string cheese, yalanchi, boereg, lamejun and pilaf.

A memorial service and collation will be held at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown on Saturday, December 9 at 2 p.m., with visiting hours beginning at 1p.m.

Arrangements were made by the Giragosian Funeral Home.

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