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Margaret McCoy
Born in New Jersey
79 years
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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore

Margaret (Peggy) M. McCoy, born in Long Branch, New Jersey on March 26, 1928, passed away peacefully on October 11th, 2007 at her home in Gig Harbor, WA after a long illness.  Peggy lived a life of service and compassion and was loved by all.  After graduation in 1947 from St. Francis Xavier Academy in Brooklyn, NY, Peggy became a baby nurse, studying at the New York Foundling Hospital School of Baby Nursing, where she then worked until her marriage.  Her love of children continued throughout her life, serving as a religious instructor to the disabled, and as a volunteer at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. She was a devout Catholic and served as a Eucharistic Lay Minister in Chico.

In 1949 Peggy married James V. McCoy, and they had four daughters. In 1960, the family moved from Groton, CT to Pleasant Hill, CA where they lived among wonderful neighbors whose love and friendship remain to this day. Following the death of her beloved husband and daughter, Colleen, Peggy returned to college, graduating with an LVN degree. She worked at the VA Hospital in Martinez, CA until her retirement in 1985. Peggy moved to Chico, CA in 1988 and to Gig Harbor WA to live with her daughter, Maureen in 2006.

Peggy traveled to many countries in Europe and the Middle East. These trips often had religious significance, strengthening her faith to meet life’s challenges. In 1997, she made a treasured journey to Ireland and Poland to visit the homelands of her parents, Bridget and Steve Mikorski. She had a zest for life and loved to dance.

Peggy is survived by her daughters, Maureen Blair of Gig Harbor WA, Kathleen McCoy and Linda Mccoy-Aitkens of Chico CA; her grandchildren, Heather Blair of Spokane WA, Isaac Blair, currently serving with the U.S. Navy in Bahrain, and Dwight Vincent Aitkens of Chico CA; her daughter-in law, Jennifer and great-granddaughter, Camille; sons-in law, Lyle Pianowski and Micheal Blair; her sister Patricia and brother-in-law Frank Roberts of New York; and her in-laws, Eileen Mikorski, Charles and Eileen McCoy, and Joe and Patricia O'Hare, and many treasured close relatives and friends.

Peggy is preceded in death by her husband Jimmie, daughter Colleen, son-in-law Dwight Aitkens, brother John (Jackie) Mikorski, and her parents. 

The family extends heartfelt thanks to all those who so lovingly cared for Peggy during her illness, and to her many friends and relatives who visited, called, sent cards, and kept her in their prayers.  Special thinks go to Aunt Eileen and Uncle Charlie who have provided loving guidance, support, and kindness to all of us throughout the years and especially during the last weeks of Mom's illness...we love you very much.

Margaret was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. . She will be missed by everyone, but her love and compassion for all human beings, especially those in need, will be in our hearts forever. God bless you Peg o’ Our Hearts. Rest in Peace.

Remembrances may be made to the Bay Area Crisis Center in Concord CA, online at or (925) 685-6633. 

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