Margaret Louise Abbott, age 84, and affectionately known as Peggy, passed peacefully away April 24th at the San Joaquin Medical Center. A mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and John W. Doughty, and her husband, Ronald. She is survived by two sons, Douglas and John. And Peggy also has two daughter-in-laws, Alyce and Paula, and two granddaughters, Sara and Rachel, the daughters of John and Paula, all of whom she clearly loved very much.
Peggy was a Bakersfield native. A graduate of the Garces Memorial High School class of 1954, she was a vibrant woman and a loving mother, involved individually in P.E.O. for over sixty years, and several other civic organizations with her husband Ron. She was even a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. For a number of years, she was also a volunteer at the Child Guidance Clinic’s Guild House, working as a cook for the charity organization. And she was involved with her son’s educations as an active member of the PTA. She was also a Cub Scout den mother, as well as ‘mom’ to every kid in the neighborhood, and there were a lot of them. A deeply religious person living in Christ, whatever Peggy did, she did it with patience, love and great enthusiasm.
In 1996, she moved to Prescott, Arizona, not far from her son, Doug, and lived there for nearly twenty years. Then, in 2015, she moved back to Bakersfield, the town where she was born and raised, to be closer to her other son, John and his family, along with her oldest friends. She loved her hometown, and Bakersfield was where she wanted to be for her remaining years. Unfortunately, the time she was granted here was cut shorter than we wanted her to have, but she’s with her husband Ron now in the best of places, and forever in the hearts of us who remain.
God bless you, Peggy, you were a special lady who will be dearly missed.
A memorial service for Peggy will be taking place here at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Directors on a date yet to be determined, not surprising since it was her parent’s place of business and where Peggy was raised. So please check back here and watch for a notice in the Bakersfield Californian.
If you knew and cared about our mother, we hope you can attend and help us honor her and close the circle of her special life.