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Peggy McCarter, age 89 passed on January 12, 2013 in Covina, California. Born Margaret May Blair on August 7, 1923 to John and Ruth Blair in Hollywood California, Peggy attended Elementary, Jr. and High School in Hollywood. Peggy married the love of her life Bill McCarter on August 22, 1942 in Hollywood Methodist Church; she called herself a "Hollywood Girl".
While Bill was in the European theater of war Peg worked at Douglas Aircraft, she used to say "it's a wonder we won." She then worked for Pacific Bell until the arrival of her first son Don in 1953. After moving to their new Covina dream home in 1955 a second son Bob arrived in 1957. In 1964 Peggy began work at the City of Covina Parks and Recreation Department and worked part time for the next 39 years. She started as an arts and crafts lady, became a playground aid at the Covina Schools and operated the student store at South Hills High School. She taught dance at the Joslyn Senior Center in Covina and also the PACE class. She called Bingo in the Park and was Madam Yolanda the Fortune Teller on Halloween to the amusement of many.
As a volunteer she delivered Meals on Wheels for the Red Cross until the age of 86. Her Granddaughters tell a story that "at like, 75 when we were going on her Meals on Wheels delivery route she would say I'm not going to be like these old people." When asked once if there was anyone on the route older than herself she thought a minute and said "No."
She played Bridge twice a month with friends and was a speedy "Plaza Pacer" at the West Covina Plaza.
Peggy was a stalwart supporter of Covina United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill and her son Bob.
She is survived by her son Don, his wife Lisa and granddaughters Megan, Rachel, Elena and Andi of Claremont.
Peggy was known by generations of Covina's school kids and seniors as a smiling helpful gal, one of her granddaughters wrote "rest in peace to my Grandma Peg, whose life was spent going out of her way to make other people feel happy, important and loved. A lot of people love you, and there really is no way to say how much you will be missed." She summed it up nicely.
Services will be at the Oakdale Mortuary Glendora 401 S. Grand Ave. corner of Gladstone at 1:00 PM on Monday January 21st 2013. Viewing 11:00am to Noon.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 20, 2013