Peggy Alice Pfeiffer, 86, of Severna Park, MD passed on 25 Feb 2013. The cause of death was lung cancer. In her final hours she was surrounded by loved ones and died peacefully.
Peggy A. Pfeiffer was born on 1 December 1926 in Acton, England (outside of London). She was the only child, a daughter of Bert and Hilda Onley, veterans of World War I.
Peggy grew up in the suburbs of England as a young girl and had a very full life, staying close to friends from the age of 5 until her recent transition.
While living in England, Peggy survived the air raid bombings from Nazi Germany during World War II.
Peggy was a volunteer for the International Red Cross, assisting bombed-out residents and other injured individuals.
Peggy also did some modeling in her teen years for cosmetics and clothing.
Peggy joined the British Army and ended up representing her comrades as a competitive sprinter.
After leaving the Army, Peggy traveled the European theatre as a representative for Revlon. In this capacity, Peggy was instrumental in driving growth and glamour as Europe recovered from the war. During those years she had the opportunity to be-friend several national dignitaries and Hollywood up and comers. She also had the opportunity to work with the founder of Revlon, Charles H. Revson.
She was offered management as the only woman but decided to travel less, resign her position and be with her beloved husband.
Peggy met her husband Alexis V. Pfeiffer, an Officer for the US Army and moved to Baltimore as he served his country at Ft. Holabird.
While serving, assignment changes triggered several trips across the Atlantic aboard the SS United States, where Peggy won awards for her table tennis skills and dancing!
Peggy lived in Europe again for several years before finally settling down in Severna Park in 1967. She supported her husband as a military spouse for 22 years.
Peggy spent her final years surrounded by new friends and neighbors at “Hollywood on the Severn”.
Peggy hosted several parties during the years until she reached a point of surrender and decided to attend as a guest, sitting and socializing with her community of adults and children, never being shy to share her thoughts and philosophy of life with great laughter and fellowship.
In her later years, she always made sure she had fine chocolate and rich ice cream for any neighborhood child and grandchild that would visit her home.
During her time in Severna Park, Peggy was a manager at Robinson’s clothing store in Severna Park. In addition, Peggy was involved with the Republican Women’s Club and volunteered at the White House supporting Nancy Reagan. She also enjoyed boating and swimming on the Severn River and was occasionally a guest in the Annual Severna Park parade dressed as a Grande-dame dancing on the float throwing candy to the children and party favors to the adults.
Peggy volunteered on occasion at Severn Prep School, during the time her son attended.
Peggy worshiped at St. Martin’s in-the-Field and was a member of the Severn River Swim Club.
Peggy was also an active member of the ACICV, a global counter intelligence association.
Her hobbies included gardening, French cooking and a love for old movies. She also loved animals. Peggy owned a red Thunderbird that she drove until the last few months of life.
Peggy is pre-deceased from her husband of 34 years, LTC (ret) Alexis V. Pfeiffer who died in 1991.
Peggy will be laid to rest next to Alex at Arlington National Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Walter A., Dale T., and Peter A.S.Pfeiffer.
She is also survived with two granddaughters, Terri and Tiffany Joy and two grandsons, Alexis-Paul and Peter Alexis Stephen, Jr.
Peggy was always remembered for her love of life, quick wit and contagious smile.
A Memorial Service will be held on 22 March at 1 PM, at St. Martin’s in-the-Field. The address is 375 A Benfield Rd., Severna Park, Md 21146.
Flowers are welcome, however as an alternative to consider, the family asks that you raise a glass of your favorite beverage and have a toast to living the full life that Peggy lived.
One of Peggy’s favorite quotes that she passed on to several family members and friends was, “Never, never, never, give up”, by the late Sir Winston Churchill.