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Margaret Eilene (Peggy) MacMillan of Oroville, CA passed away Sunday August 30, 2009, at the age of 53 after a six month battle with cancer.

Peggy was born to Bo and Carolyn MacMillan in Eureka, CA on January 25, 1956.

Peggy attended Sacred Heart Elementary, Zane Jr. High, and Eureka Senior High schools in Eureka, CA graduating high school in 1974. Following high school, Peggy was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Eureka, CA. She relocated with the U.S. Postal service to San Diego, CA in 1976, where she continued to work while attending California State University San Diego. She graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Therapy. Peggy began her consulting practice as a recreation therapist in 1980, assisting elderly and disabled clients to learn and adapt healthy recreation and physical rehabilitation practices. She provided consulting services in various locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. Peggy was especially interested in the psychology of recreation and providing recreational services to physically and mentally disabled children. She volunteered for several years with the San Diego area Special Olympics. She took great pleasure in bringing smiles to the faces of all those persons she worked with.

Peggy moved to Oroville, CA in 2001, where she resided until her passing. She continued to provide recreation consulting and in-home support services in Oroville until 2008.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, and brother, Scott.

Peggy leaves her home overlooking the Feather River, which she named "Peggyland", her dear friend Janet Wade, sisters Laurie MacMillan-Schwabe of Eureka, and Cathey Chelgren of Paso Robles, brothers Jock MacMillan also of Eureka and Wally MacMillan of Oakland, aunts Linda Allen and Valerie Tonkin, nieces Lara MacMillan, Amy DeMoss, and Sarah Chelgren, grand nieces Coral and Elizabeth, grand nephew Cade, numerous friends, and her cats and turtles.

A private memorial will be held in Southern Humboldt County near the location of Peggy's great grandparent's original homestead overlooking the south fork of the Eel River where she traveled frequently for rest, rejuvenation, and good old fun.

Good Bye Pooh!

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 13, 2009
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