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Margaret "Peggy" Ann (Maryatt) Lindsell



The greatest Mother of all time (as determined by her completely unbiased children), Margaret (Peggy) Ann Lindsell has left us to wander the fairways and greens of heaven enjoying all of her beloved flowers along the way.   Peggy was born June 27, 1920 in Seattle, WA  to Roy Lincoln Maryatt and Charlotte Helen (Wright) Maryatt who will be joining her on the verdant golf courses of the kingdom of God.

Peggy grew up in a wonderful home in the Seattle area as the oldest of 5 siblings.  She had 4 younger brothers, Roy (Chip) Lincoln Maryatt Jr. (deceased), Charles (Chuck) Robert Maryatt, Douglas Wright Maryatt (deceased) and David E. Maryatt. Her brothers  nicknamed her "Speedpeg" because she was faster than any of them!  She attended high school at an exclusive all girls school, St. Nicholas in Seattle, where she was mortified to be dropped off by her Father in his laundry truck!

Peggy attended University of Washington where she met a young and dashingly handsome man name Andy Lindsell who would one day become her husband and the father of her four children.  They dated at an early age and when World War II arrived, they made the decision to marry and hope for the best as our father piloted a B-24 Liberator Bomber in the South Pacific as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Navy. 

Andy returned from the War victorious and laid eyes on their first born child Andrea!   The happily married couple settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where Peggy had attended the University of California at Berkeley.  She worked for Acme Towel, a company started by her father that would one day morph into Maryatt Industries, with 5 locations in the western United States.  

Ultimately our Mother's entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to start her own company with her husband.  She wanted the independence and freedom to build her own legacy.  This company grew into ALL Industrial Laundry that ultimately became the leading independent textile rental company in Silicon Valley. At the same time they created a successful side business, Merit Meter, which leased coin operated laundry equipment to apartment buildings.

As Mom became involved in her community as a Californian she began a life of service and giving back to her community.  She became a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Burlingame where all four of her children were baptized and confirmed!  At St. Paul's she was the office secretary, pianist, Altar guild member, and Sunday school teacher not to mention helping with the monthly pot luck dinners.  (We'll never forget those fresh baked rolls!) We all have fond recollections of delivering the flowers from the Sunday service to various rest homes in the area with our Mother.

Other organizations she was involved with are Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Mills Hospital Auxiliary, The Garden Café' (benefitting Lucille Packard Hospital), San Mateo Garden Study Club where she spent many years building gardens displayed at the San Mateo county fair and more. During this period she also enjoyed her membership at Green Hills Country Club where she shot a low round of 84 and was Club Champion.  In between activities she wrote a column on gardening in the San Mateo Times.   All this time she was also developing her Bridge playing skills and reached the master level later in her amazing life!

Our wonderful Mother is survived by Margaret Andrea (Lindsell) Hughes, Laura Lee (Lindsell) Johnson, Andrew (Drew) Lewis Lindsell Jr. and William (Bill) Charles Lindsell III.  Her children gave her 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, all of whom were blessed to have shared much quality time with our Mom, known to them as "Grammy".  Each family member has many stories of how she touched our lives and we will forever live in awe of her legacy of love and devotion to our families.

In honor of our Mother we suggest a Donation to Mills Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary, 1501  Trousdale Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010 or the American ,  7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX  75231

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2014
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