Margaret L. Dillon, 86, of Dallas passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in the loving arms of family members at Mercy Center, Dallas.
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She was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Raha Degnon, and was a graduate of St. Mary's School, Wilkes-Barre.
As a young woman during World War II, Margaret traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and later worked for Bell Telephone as an operator in Wilkes-Barre.
Margaret was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Theresa's Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.
Peggy, as she was known to her friends, is survived by her loving husband, John, with whom she celebrated 65 years of marriage in February 2012. They married after the war and moved to Trucksville, where Peggy devoted herself to making a loving home for her husband and her children. Peggy and John treated their kids to yearly vacations at the seashore and trips to New York City, as well as many other adventures. After the children had grown, they enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Poland Springs, Maine. They delighted in the company of their family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
All who knew Peggy admired her spirituality, kind heart and empathy. She made friends easily, spoke ill of no one and she often remarked that even a difficult person might be under a duress known only to them. She had the rare gift of giving wise advice only when asked. She was adored by her children and daughters- and sons-in-law, whom she treated as her own children.
Peggy was preceded in death by a grandson, Dominic Dillon.
Surviving are six children, Margaret Dillon-Bowman and her husband, Larry, Carole Chapple and her husband, Ken, Maureen Soltis and her husband, Sam, Joanie Dillon, John Dillon and his wife, Mary Ellen, and Michael Dillon and his wife, Gina; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Gerry Degnon and his wife, Marie.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Center Chapel, Dallas. Friends may call at Mercy Center from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Peggy's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Mercy Center, where Peggy resided since 2010, for their professionalism and care. Peggy became good friends with many of the staff and residents there. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to be made to the Mercy Center.
Arrangements are being handled by Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 29, 2013