Peggy Barrett

Peggy Barrett

July 08, 1930 - June 28, 2014

Peggy Barrett

July 08, 1930 - June 28, 2014


Marguerite (Peggy) Barrett, 83, of Mission Viejo, died suddenly on Saturday, June 28. Peggy was born in Ossining, New York, to Martin and Vendla Tracey and grew up in that Westchester County town, graduating from Ossining High School and later marrying John D. Barrett, to whom she was married for 65 years. Peggy and John and their family moved to California in 1964 and, after stops that included Doylestown, PA; London; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Tokyo; Singapore; and, finally, Houston related to John’s work with Mobil, they settled in Mission Viejo in 1992.

For most of their time in Mission Viejo, Peggy and John have volunteered at Mission Hospital, and Peggy was a past President of the Auxiliary of Mission Hospital. In addition, Peggy was active in Questers and similar organizations involving antiquing, an area in which she developed considerable expertise. Shortly before moving to California, Peggy sewed banners for the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where Michelangelo’s Pietà was displayed. Even after retiring to Mission Viejo, John and Peggy continued to travel around the country and around the world. As much as John and Peggy loved to travel, nothing rivalled their devotion to their family.

In addition to her husband, of Mission Viejo, Peggy leaves four sons, John D. Jr. (Barbi) of Palos Verdes, Peter (Katherine) of Washington, D.C., Douglas (Jan) of Mission Viejo, and Robert (Jude) of Shanghai, China; two daughters, Eileen of Redondo Beach and Jacqueline of Santa Maria; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

There will be a Vigil and Rosary on Wednesday, July 2, at 7:00 pm and a funeral Mass on Thursday, July 3, at 10:30 am, both at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo ( There will be a reception following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Peggy’s memory to the Mission Hospital Foundation for the new Neuroscience and Spine Institute, which the Hospital Auxiliary is supporting. Online contributions may be made at

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10 responses to Peggy Barrett

  1. This message comes from the Hall family of Washington DC; we have three students at the school Peter Barrett heads. We are very sorry for the loss of Peggy Barrett as she seemed to have a full and rich life. Godspeed from all of us. Jocelyn and Richard Hall, Miranda (Grade 8, St Patrick’s Episcopal Day School) Christian and Nathan Hall (Grade 6)

  2. Mulvaney's says:

    Peggy Barrett , What a wonderful woman.!
    Such a loving person , so caring and interested in so many , many people and things in life. What a great friend..

    What a huge privilege it has been to us to meet John and Peggy only 8 years ago .. We were able to spend may unforgettable times with you Peggy. Even in the short years..
    Your love for John and your family were so clear and so important.
    We love you and will so miss you .
    You will be in our hearts always .. and will keep John in our prayers and close to our heart. And in our life …
    Ria and Bernie M.

  3. Sheila Kelly says:

    I had the pleasure of playing bridge with Peggy for many years. I always enjoyed her sweet nature and that twinkle in her eye. She had a vibrant soul I will never forget!
    I loved being at her house at noon when all the clocks went off!

    Sheila Kelly, Mission Viejo

  4. Helen Scott says:

    Peggy we’ll miss you – you’ll always be in our hearts!

    Each night we shed a silent tear,
    As we speak to you in prayer.
    To let you know we love you,
    And just how much we care.
    Take our million teardrops,
    Wrap them up in love,
    Then ask the wind to carry them,
    To you in heaven above.

    Bill, Helen and Jimmy Scott

  5. Karen Easter says:


    There is not a day that has gone by that Lotia and I don’t think of you. Our world has been forever changed because we had the pleasure of having you come into our lives and now losing you. Each day gets better because we know that one day we shall meet again in Paradise.We promise to look in on Johnnie and Maxie. All we ask is that when it’s our turn to leave this life you are there to greet us with your beautiful smile. Just know that we love you and miss you.

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