May 28, 1921 – March 18, 2020
Margaret “Peggy” Duff, age 98 of Pasadena, passed away peacefully at her home March 18, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born on May 28, 1921, in Springdale, Arkansas, to Victor and Susan Spivey. Peggy married Barrett Duff, the love of her life, in 1942, and celebrated 77 wedding anniversaries. In addition to her husband, she is survived by children Patricia Duff, Barrett (Suzanne) Duff II, Rica Duff and Larry (Alison) Duff; grandchildren Shalimar Cook, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Frazier, Terri Duff, Heather (Gregory) Horikoshi, Brelan (Cristina) Duff, Kendra (Lincoln) Spencer and Barrett Duff III; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Peggy dedicated over 30 years of service as a volunteer for Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. She served as president of its Pasadena Dispensary Auxiliary for a number of years as well as chairperson of the popular “Day at the Races,” an annual fundraiser for the hospital at Santa Anita Racetrack. She was the proud recipient of a 10,000-hour pin and continued to volunteer well beyond that milestone.
A talented watercolor artist, Peggy took pleasure in presenting her paintings as gifts to family and friends. In spite of a debilitating stroke, she continued to paint well into her 90s. She also created needlepoint tapestries that displayed her keen sense of color and style.
Peggy enjoyed traveling with her husband, an international energy consultant, and joined him on business ventures around the world, even establishing second homes in Brazil and Argentina. She made lifelong friends wherever they went and hosted many at their San Marino home of 45 years.
Peggy will be remembered for her warmth, wonderful sense of humor and as the heart and soul of her family. She was admired by all for a life lived thoughtfully and with purpose. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Peggy’s legacy with a gift to Huntington Hospital at 100 W. California Boulevard, Pasadena 91105. Arrangements for a celebration of life will be planned for a later date.