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 PietÃ 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 (www.stkilianmissionviejo.org). 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 https://www.mission4health.com/For-Community/Supporters-Volunteers/Donations/Make-a-Donation.aspx.