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Peggy (Alexandra) Porter Morrow


1914 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Peggy (Alexandra) Porter Morrow Obituary
LAHAINA, MAUI – Peggy (Alexandra) Porter Morrow passed away in Lahaina, Maui, her longtime home, on Friday, March 7, 2014, just short of her 100th birthday.
Peggy was born in Salinas in 1914 to Monterey Peninsula business and real estate developers, Frank P. Porter and Jet L. Porter, who developed the Maple Park neighborhood in Salinas, Robles Del Rio Carmelo Subdivision (Robles Del Rio) and Robles del Rio Lodge in Carmel Valley.
While growing up her family maintained homes in Maple Park and in Carmel Valley. In high school Peggy was named Queen of the California Rodeo. Following graduation from Salinas High, Peggy enrolled at the University of California Los Angeles, where she would meet future husband, Milton A. Marquard on a blind date. She later transferred to UC Berkeley. After their wedding the couple resided and had their two sons in Oakland, CA where Milton started his career with the Henry J. Kaiser Company.
In the 1940s Peggy commenced her long career in real estate, originally associated with Town Realty. In 1948 the family moved to Carmel Valley where the senior Porters, Peggy and her brother, Paul F. Porter purchased 1000 acres from Muriel Vanderbilt Phelps which included the Phelps Ranch home and stables (now Los Laureles Lodge) and the Historic Boronda Adobe. This area was developed as the Rancho Del Monte Subdivision, and a summer resort, the Rancho Del Monte Country Club.
Peggy and her brother established and ran the family real estate business, Porter-Marquard Realty. Later developments included Carmel Valley's Brookdale Drive area (Rancho Canada), Rancho Tierra Grande and Sleepy Hollow developments. Peggy was very active in the Carmel Valley community, co-founding the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce and organizing the first Carmel Valley Fiesta and art show. She was one of the early recipients of the "Good Egg Award".
In 1958, with her second husband, Robert Hartman, Peggy pursued a long-standing dream to move to the warmth of Maui, in pursuit of her spiritual and artistic endeavors.
She envisioned what Lahaina and Maui would become long before the development of the island's first resort area – Ka'anapali, and started to acquire commercial and residential real estate in Lahaina. She created and for years operated the White Butterfly Boutique. Her third marriage to retired Chicago advertising executive, Tim Morrow, led to worldwide travels where they purchased jade and oriental antiquities for their shop, The Gallery, also located on Front Street in Lahaina.
While at home on Maui, Alexandra, the name by which she preferred to be known, pursued her love of the arts and painting. She was the founder of the Lahaina Art Society. Her home was filled with her work. She was a beloved Lahaina town "Kama'aina" known for her warmth, creative spirit, and boundless generosity.
Nine years ago, Michael D. Marquard, one of her four grandchildren, moved his family to Lahaina so he could oversee Alexandra's care as she became affected by dementia. He provided years of loving care and support while raising his family. Our family is deeply indebted to Noelle Rodriguez Furtado who provided loving care at her home during Alexandra's final two years.
In remembrance of Alexandra, her granddaughter, Pamela Donnellan, captures what she meant to her family in writing: "My beautiful and extraordinary grandmother, Alexandra Morrow, passed on today. She graced my life with so very much. She shared with me a love of beauty, art, travel and so many other of the best things in life. She never saw a sunset she didn't appreciate or a cloud that didn't conjure up an image."
She leaves behind two sons, Milton "Skip" Marquard, Jr. (Lynne) of Carmel Valley and Michael P. Marquard (Diane) of Carmel Valley, Cool, CA, and Dubois, Wyoming; nieces, Nancy and Patricia Porter of Carmel Valley; grandchildren, Pamela Donnellan (Scott) of Mill Valley, CA; Michael D. Marquard (Jennifer) of Lahaina and Sebastopol, CA; Michaelle Singh (Gaurav) of Rocklin, CA; William E. Marquard (Brianna) of Lahaina and Sebastopol, CA; Michelle Singh (Gaurav) of Rocklin, CA; William E. Marquard (Brianna) of Beaverton, OR; and five great grandchildren.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 19, 2014
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