Margaret Sanford "Peggy" Peyton
Anderson Funeral Home
611 Robert Smalls Parkway
Beaufort, SC
Margaret "Peggy" Sanford Peyton 1925 - 2017 Margaret "Peggy" Sanford Peyton, died peacefully with her family at home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Born Margaret Elise Pitz in 1925, Peyton's childhood was spent on U.S. Army bases most notably on the Island of Corregidor in the Philippines from which she was evacuated by U.S. Navy days ahead of the 1942 Japanese assault upon the island. Peyton graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and went on to attend Juilliard. In 1946 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at The Academy Des Beaux Arts in Paris, France where she studied in the years immediately following the war. On her return, Peyton taught at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. In 1954 she met Dr. Sanford, a heart surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In 1955-56, she taught at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. They married in 1956, and moved to South Florida where Dr. Sanford practiced thoracic-cardiovascular medicine and where they raised their four children. In 1978 the family moved to their Coosaw Plantation near Beaufort. Dr. Sanford had contracted ALS and passed away in 1982. In 1989 Peggy married Charles O. Peyton who had retired from New York where he served the Exxon Corporation, finally as President of Exxon International. They lived in Beaufort until Charles passed in 2014. Peggy embraced every minute of life with grace, dignity, humor, and the unfading beauty of a gentle and generous spirit. Her legacy is that of a true lady, great woman, wife, and mother. She is survived by her four children, Congressman Mark Sanford, Bill Sanford, Sarah Sanford Rauch and John Sanford; her brother Otto "Pete" Pitz of Yorktown, Va., and twelve grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to The ALS Association in Washington, D.C., or to The Beaufort County Open Land Trust. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family
Published by The Island Packet on Jul. 12, 2017.
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Peggy was a wonderful women and I am sad to hear of her passing. I know she is looking down on us enriching heaven with sounds of Chopin on the grandest of pianos. Although she is listed has having 12 grand children, she probably had closer to 14-16 if you include step grandchildren, such as myself. She was my only grandmother and such a joy in all of our lives. She brightened the lives of all those around her and things were always "divine" when you asked her. My grandfather was a lucky to have found Peggy and we were all blessed to have known her. Peggy, you will be missed indeed!
Charles Peyton
July 13, 2017
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