Margaret "Peggy" Ellen O'Malley
67 of Naples, FL died at 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Naples.
Born July 22, 1946 in Lafayette, IN, she was the daughter of Clement J. and Alice (Finch) O'Malley. Peggy never married and is survived by three brothers, James P. "Pat" (Maureen) O'Malley of Three Rivers, MI, Robert M. (Mike) O'Malley (Nichole Buckmaster) of Bonita Springs, FL, Thomas S O'Malley (Deborah Talbott) of Lafayette, IN, and one sister, Alice Catherine (Art) McElhaney of Bonita Springs, FL. She was very close to her niece, Shawn Galloway and great nephew, Tyler Kalachnik, both of Indianapolis, along with many nieces and nephews from coast to coast. She was blessed with great nieces and nephews and they were a joy to her. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mary Ann Galloway and Jane Adrian.
Peggy graduated from Wellington High School in 1964. Following high school graduation, she attended Patricia Stephens School in Chicago. In 1970, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in history. She received her Master's degree from the University of Hawaii. She began teaching at Grant Middle School in Springfield in 1974 with a special interest in Civil war history and she continued her lifelong learning on this topic. Peggy was instrumental in helping at-risk youth through a vocational "school to work" program in Springfield, IL. As her career progressed, she became a leader in the Indiana state Government, being appointed the Deputy Director of Workforce Development while serving under Governor Frank O'Bannon.
Peggy was a sister, an aunt, a teacher, an activist and a friend. She was active in the political community which included volunteer work on several of the Democratic campaigns. She was an avid animal lover, especially dogs, and spent a good deal of her free time gardening and shopping. Peggy was widely respected by her teachers and colleagues along with her students. She adored and loved all those she called family and always looked forward to the next family gathering. She retired to the Bonita Springs-Naples areas of Florida and was active in the Bonita Springs Shell Club along with the social activities in Hunter's Ridge and the Grand Pines community. She enjoyed being in the rural country setting of Benton County, near her childhood home. Peggy will leave an everlasting memory of a love of learning and love for her family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Society. The Brown-Alkire Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL is in charge of arrangements.