Margaret Shortridge

July 21, 1924 - April 13, 2021

Margaret Shortridge, a beloved parishioner of Christ Church, has passed over into eternal life. May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 


Please hold the family in prayer, especially her daughter and son in law, Nancy and John Coffin, her grandson Bill and his wife, Mallory, along with her great grandchildren Brayden and Everly.

Service Details


Visitation will be held in the New Church on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 am until 10:45 am. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 with the interment in the Memorial Garden to follow immediately afterwards. 


While many of us would like to be present for Margaret's funeral service, due to current Covid 19 restrictions on church capacity, there is only limited seating available. To request a reservation please contact the office at 732-671-2524 or via email at Unfortunately, the church is unable to guarantee that all requests for this service will be accommodated.


Mrs. Margaret Shortridge (born Wolfe), 96, of Aberdeen, NJ passed away on Tuesday, April 13 in Bayshore Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Shortridge. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Coffin and son-in-law John Coffin, Aberdeen, her grandson William Coffin and his wife Mallory, Marlboro, and two great-grandkids Brayden and Everly Coffin to whom she was lovingly known as "Great Meemaw". Last but not least, she is survived by her pet cat Dash. Margaret was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Middletown, NJ.

Margaret grew up in Lathrop, California and graduated from The College of the Pacific . She worked for several years as a middle school teacher before starting a family. After her daughter was raised, Margaret prepared taxes for H&R Block and as part of her own business for several years.

When her grandson was school age Margaret would help him play video games. You know, "homework". Her particular favorites included Metroid, Super Mario Brothers, and Battletoads.

Margaret was a talented piano player and would often accompany her daughter Nancy for various church performances, and provided musical accompaniment for many children's musicals at church. Until her vision failed her, Margaret enjoyed sewing, knitting and embroidery.

For many years Margaret was an avid and active gardener. The past several years Margaret's gardening has been more of a senior executive supervisory role with help from her next door neighbor Philomena.

In the past several years it has taken a village to take care of Margaret. Margaret and her family express great appreciation to her able care team of Eyvone, Pam, and Alyssa.

There will be a public visitation period on April 24 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Highway, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to either of the following organizations:

Bayshore EMS

28 Little Street

Matawan, NJ 07747


the former Monmouth County Food Bank at


3300 Route 66

Neptune, NJ 07753