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Margaret V. "Peg" Ward

Obituary for Margaret V. "Peg" Ward

July 31, 1939 - November 12, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 82


Margaret V. "Peg" Ward (nee - Breslin) passed away Friday, November 12, 2021 after a lengthy illness with Lewy Body Dementia. She was born July 31, 1939 in Philadelphia to the late Con and Mary Breslin (nee – Healy). Peg was the beloved wife of more than 37 years of the late John C. Ward, Jr; mother of John F. Ward, Eileen M. Ward, Kevin A. Ward, Peggy A. Driscoll and her husband Dennis, Patricia M. Sturts and her husband Clint; grandmother of Dara A. Driscoll, Connor M. Driscoll and his fiancée Arlynn Mackie, and Liam M. Driscoll; sister of Rosemary Breslin, the late Joseph C. Breslin, and his wife the late Eileen, and the late Carole Breslin; sister in-law to Eileen Hartley (nee – Ward) and her husband Dave, and Michael Ward and his wife, the late Frances Ward (nee – Dalbey); she is also survived by a loving extended family including several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Peg was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, a proud graduate of St. Veronica's Catholic School and later Little Flower High School, Class of 1958. She married the love of her life, John C. Ward, Jr. at St. Veronica's Church on May 11, 1963. During her working years, she was employed by the Social Security Administration, retiring in 2005 after more than 25 years of service.

Peg strove to make the family home the hub for all activities in which the family was engaged, both immediate and extended welcome at all times and for all occasions – as well as all of the children's friends from the neighborhood. Homemade family dinners were served at least five times a week and specifically on Sundays as a reason to get together as everyone grew older and started their own families. Holidays were celebrated with friends, neighbors, and in-laws, and Peg could be found hard at work in the kitchen, cooking and baking all of the necessary parts of the meal. Every Christmas Season, Peg baked an endless supply of decorated holiday cookies from scratch and gave most of them to family, friends and neighbors.

When her family was younger, Peg was a supporter of the Olney Eagles, and didn't mind when her daughters raided her closet to play dress-up. She loved to sew and her seamstress skills were on display when making doll clothes for the girls, and then on a slightly larger scale when she volunteered to create the costumes for the Cardinal Dougherty High School Musical Camelot. For many years, Peg created intricate Christmas Ornaments for Family members.

In her own free time, Peg was an avid reader, enjoying mysteries by Agatha Christie, and other works of fiction and non-fiction alongside her daily newspaper. This love of reading would lead Peg to volunteer at the Philadelphia Public Library and later Nazareth Hospital. She enjoyed globetrotting with her sister, Carole. Peg loved PBS, musicals, and the Philly Pops and on the occasions when the Wizard of Oz was on television, it was a family affair, meant to be enjoyed together.

Peg's unwavering commitment to her family, faith, and community will leave behind a legacy of love and she will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

Relatives and friends are invited to Peg's Life Celebration on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 A.M. at St. Martha's Church, 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia. Interment will follow the services at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations in Peg's name be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

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