Louise Macdonald Peabody

September 19, 1951June 27, 2019

Louise M. Peabody, 67, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on June 27, 2019.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby town of Rocky Hill, Louise was one of nine children of David and Dorothy (Warren) MacDonald. Louise graduated from Princeton High School in 1969 where she was on the cheerleading squad and gymnastics team. She went on to attend and graduate from The George Washington University in 1973 with a B.S. in Psychology. She returned to school while working and raising her children, graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a second B.S. in Business in 1993. She obtained her CPA certificate in 1996.

Louise married her high school sweetheart, Marsden (Maurie) Peabody in 1975 and they began their life together in Virginia. They moved to Fredericksburg in 1987, where they resided for nearly 30 years and raised their three children, Justin, Alex, and Bridget. Louise and Maurie had recently moved back to Arlington, Virginia to be close to their children and grandchildren.

Louise was very committed to her career as a professional. She started a second phase of her career in 1995 as a CPA at the accounting firm Watkins Meegan (now CohnResnick) located in Tysons Corner. Louise went on to become the first woman partner at the firm in 2000 and spent a successful 20 plus years in their service. Louise was also committed to the community through her work with Women in Technology. In her recent retirement, she devoted her time to the STEM for Her program, where she served on the Board of Directors, and actively mentored young women in middle school through college to develop skills in and a love for technology and education.

For relaxation Louise was likely to exercise in some way: walking, running, bike riding, or going to the gym. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling, working in her garden, conquering the latest NY Times crossword puzzle, and directing endless interior design projects. She appreciated the small pleasures in life, always ready to enjoy a good meal and conversation, and the beauty of her surroundings. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and took particular delight in her granddaughters.

Louise was a dynamic woman who put all of her abundant energy into her family and her work. As a girl she was always at the head of her group of siblings. They looked to her for leadership because she was quick-witted, creative, and sensible. She was the pillar of her family, her quiet presence and big heart the center around which they all revolved. Her husband and children looked to her for her steady guidance and tireless devotion. They counted on her wisdom, trusting in her to lead the way. She and her husband began dating in high school and they were each other’s best friend. During their 43 years of marriage, they navigated life’s ups and downs together in a true partnership. Louise was a positive force in the life of everyone who knew her.

Louise was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Sandy Traegler.

Louise is survived by her husband Maurie Peabody. In addition, she is survived by her sons, Justin Peabody (Katie) of Arlington, Virginia; Alex (Kristen) Peabody of Fairfax,Virginia; and her daughter Bridget Peabody Hilliard (Scott) of Fairfax, Virginia; and two granddaughters, Hayden and Grace Peabody. Louise is also survived by her sisters Beth Kelly (Barry) of Burnsville, North Carolina; Diane Hansen (Jan) of Copenhagen, Denmark; her twin sister, Lori Bilello of Pompano Beach, Florida; Julie Staats (Chuck) of Belle Mead, New Jersey; Barbara Carden (Don) of Belchertown, Massachusetts; brothers David MacDonald (Martha) of Troy, Pennsylvania; and Bill MacDonald (Carol) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and brother-in-law Richard Traegler of Greenacres, Florida; along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Visitation will be at Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main St., Fairfax on Saturday, July 6 at 4 to 7 pm. The memorial service will be at Demaine Funeral Home on Sunday, July 7 at 11:30 am.

Donations in Louise’s name can be made to STEM for Her through their website -


  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


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Kelly Grems

July 17, 2019

I just learned today of Louise's passing and am shocked and saddened.. I had the pleasure of knowing Louise for almost 20 years as one of her clients. She was smart, practical, ethical and thoughtful in her business practice. Using these characteristics, Louise forged a path to partnership at Watkins Meegan and I believe was one of the first women in the role . Even as a partner and senior partner, she never changed her dedication to the practice and to boosting up the colleagues around her. I always enjoyed our side chats about family and future retirement plans. She will be sorely missed by all of her family and friends and also by those of us in the work world who will always remember her as one to be respected and admired. My condolences to all.
Kelly Grems

a McGrath

July 8, 2019

Our family will never forget how kind and caring Louise always was. She will be missed by so many.

Kevin McGrath

July 8, 2019

One of the smartest people I ever met, and I first met Maury & Louise in the 70's, so that's saying something. Everything she did, she did with purpose and giving from the heart. When I graduated from high school and moved to DC, Maury and Louise not only gave me a place to live; they also gave me a job, and welcomed me into their lives completely, and for a dumb kid just out of high school, that meant more than I could ever repay. She had a major impression on me, and I will never forget her.

Joal Brink

July 7, 2019

To the Peabody Family,

It saddens my heart greatly to hear of the passing of Louise. I was privileged to have her guidance as I became a young mother myself and will forever remember the advice and love she gave me. She had an infectious laugh and an amazing ability to make everyone around her feel at ease. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I can only hope she knew how much I appreciate her.


July 7, 2019

Louise and her sister Lori were some of my closest childhood friends. We lived next door to each other in Rocky Hill and played together almost every day. I have many fond memories of good times together with them and their family. I remember that Louise almost always was hoarse because she did so much talking! :) I also remember that as a kid, she loved bologna and mustard sandwiches and often had mustard on her face when she came out to play. Louise remained the same wonderful, warm, happy person even into her adult life. I was terribly saddened to hear of her loss and extend my sincere sympathies to her siblings and her family.
Sincerely, Sally Weingart Barkand

Nancy Lamberton

July 7, 2019

Louise gave so much of her time, energy, wisdom, resources and kindness to the Women In Technology and STEM for Her community. I have so much respect and admiration for Louise, as a leader and friend. She is loved by many and will be remembered for being a person who left the world a better, kinder place. She will be missed. My condolences to her wonderful family.

Natalie Lorenz Anderson

July 6, 2019

Though I didn't know Louise well, she brought enthusiasm and energy to our Girl Scout Nations Capital Council STEM advisory committee meetings. I am so sorry for the family's loss of a clearly wonderful woman who gave so much to family and community. May her memories and impact in life be a source of comfort to you always.

Jenny Oh

July 6, 2019

Prayers to Louise’s family and friends. I had the honor of meeting Louise through Girls in Technology/STEM for Her, and both shared the passion and dedication in supporting education for young girls. Thank you Louise for the love you have spread, we will miss your sweet smiling face.

Jenny Oh

Diane White

July 2, 2019

We offer our deep sympathy to Bill and Carol MacDonald and your whole family during this time of mourning Louise. May the Lord comfort each of you with peace. We are praying for you all as you gather in honoring her memory this weekend. With love, Dale & Diane White from Immanuel Church in Norfolk, VA

Jim and Janis Gillespie

July 2, 2019

Dear Maurie, Justin, Alex, Bridget & families,

Our hearts are broken with the news of Louise’s death. Please know we are thinking of you.
My memories of Louise are of talking with her on the sidelines of a soccer game or practice, she with Bridget in tow, shouting encouragement at Justin or Alex. She was there for events at Spotswood School, wanting to know all that was going on. I knew she was continuing her own education and I remember when she told me she was studying for her CPA exam. Soon after she was commuting every day to Northern Virginia. I marveled at how she did all that, and with a smile.

Love to you all, Janis Gillespie