Fero Funeral Home with Crematory & Fero Memorial Gardens
5955 North Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL
Margaret G. Alampi
September 1, 1923 – January 11, 2020
Peggy passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11th at the Ballou House in Woonsocket RI. She was 96 years old. But that is only the end of the story of her life.
Peggy lived in London, England and grew up during World War II . She was 17 years old during the London Blitz, when London was bombed for 56 out of 57 consecutive days and nights.
During the war she held many jobs. When she was still a young girl, she had to tend a flock of sheep for a farmer who was fighting in the war. Since she was an avid reader, she sat under a tree and got completely lost in a book. A man on a bike stopped and told her that the sheep were running all around the town causing havoc. Peggy ran down into the street and grabbed the smallest lamb she could find. When she picked him up, the little one started to bleat loudly! Hearing the cry, the other sheep followed one by one and eventually made it back to the pasture- luckily for her! Another unconventional job Peggy held during wartime was that of a conductor on a double decker bus, a job normally reserved for men.
As the war dragged on, Peggy met a young soldier, Dick, after her mom invited him to dinner. Peggy and Dick dated and eventually fell in love. At age 23, she left England and her family behind and moved to Franklin, Massachusetts, where she lived for most of her life.
Peggy went on to live her life outside the box, holding many jobs during her working career. She worked in assembly at General Electric, production at a hat factory, and was an inspector and packer at a chocolate factory (like Lucy). Before retiring, she worked as a switchboard operator, cook, and dietician at Pondville Hospital in Norfolk.
During retirement, Peggy split her time, living in Crystal River, Florida and Massachusetts. She enjoyed finding a good deal at a yard sale or flea market, buying and selling houses (trading up), trying her luck at the slots, playing Yahtzee and rummy, taking part in local plays, fishing, gardening, boating, and swimming, but above all spending time with her beloved family.
Peggy was Mom to 6 kids and Grammy to 15 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; her legacy to a life well lived. She laughed often, loved to dance, was feisty as hell, and could get her “Irish up” on occasion. She enjoyed a glass of White Zin or a Guinness now and then. Peggy will be dearly missed.
Peggy is survived by her sister Eileen in England, Her children: Catherine Medeiros, Sheila Kever, Peter and Paul Foss and Eileen Ridgway. Her daughter, Betty Ann passed before her in 2015. She leaves a wonderful loving family who adored her.
The service for Peggy will be held on Wednesday from 5 - 7 pm at the Gillooly Funeral Home, Norwood and the Funeral Mass and burial will be held in Beverly Hills, Florida. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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