Margaret Dunham Estes

February 28, 1935May 6, 2019

Margaret Dunham Estes, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died peacefully on May 6, 2019 at her home in Williamsburg, VA with her husband, Richard H. Estes by her side.

Margaret “Peggy” Estes, daughter of the late Carl and Clara Holmes Dunham was born on February 28, 1935 in Pittsfield, MA. She was raised in Dalton, MA by her mother, who worked as a school teacher to support Peggy and her two brothers, George and William, along with sister, Nancy.

Peggy and Richard met at a Dalton High School Sadie Hawkins dance in 1951. They were married on October 22, 1955. Peggy worked at New England Telephone while Richard was in Boston attending Northeastern University. Upon Richard’s graduation from college, the couple began their married life together in Dalton and then moved to Pittsburgh, PA for a job with US Steel. Their first son, the late Richard D. Estes (1957-2017) was born while they were living in Pittsfield, MA. From 1959 to 1995, North Reading, MA became the family home and Peggy and Dick had two more sons, Paul W. Estes and Gary S. Estes. Peggy was active in St. Theresa Catholic Church, serving on various committees and the church council. She enjoyed playing women’s softball, tennis leagues, and bowling leagues while being very active in raising her three sons. She attended thousands of sporting events between baseball, basketball and soccer over the years, and loved a competitive Sunday afternoon family wiffleball game! Besides being a wonderful homemaker, cook and mother, she was an active member of the North Reading Garden Club. She could make a bed and iron a shirt like no one else, and her mashed potatoes and black and white cake were always a Thanksgiving favorite.

In 1995 Peggy and Dick became snow-birds, splitting their time between Port Charlotte, FL and Litchfield, ME. In both places Peggy loved to create beautiful flower gardens throughout the properties. She continued to enjoy church activities, playing Dominos, the beach and wonderful sunshine. In April 2016 Peg and Dick moved to Williamsburg, VA to be closer to family.

Peggy leaves her husband, Richard H. Estes of 63 years and two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Alison Estes, Pinehurst, NC and Gary and Susan Estes, Leadville, CO. She was predeceased by her son Richard D. Estes and leaves one daughter-in-law, Donna Estes, Williamsburg, VA and five grand-children: Amy Miller, Kelly Karamanov, Colleen Estes, Andrea Estes and Katie Estes along with two great grand-children: Estelle and Sean Miller of Williamsburg, VA.

A funeral mass will be offered at 2:00PM on Friday, May 10 at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Old St. Bede), 520 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association ( or St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in North Reading, Massachusetts.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 10, 2019


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Karen Smith

May 14, 2019

I will cherish fond memories of time spent with Peggy at the Cape and especially our hot air balloon ride. We had many good times together wherever we went. I will miss her.

Gail Baldwin

May 10, 2019

Remembered forever, my first friend 1942 Dalton , Ma. Forever in my heart, unable to come, a sister forever. Dick Baldwin will welcome her. Thoughts and prayers are with you all, will call soon. Thank you Paul for reaching out and letting me know.

Gail and Susan
Granddaughters (Julie on left Jenn on right)