Margaret Perry Moody, 95, of Belle Isle, known to all as Peggy, passed away on 11 February, 2017 at home surrounded by her family and caregiver. In hospice care for several weeks prior to her death, Peggy died peacefully in her sleep.
Peggy leaves to cherish her memory her daughter; Marcella Moody and her husband William Hampton, and their children, son Christopher and daughter Anvia; and her son Martin Moody and his wife Marsha, and their children, daughter Lauren Moody and her husband David Kertesz, daughter Diane Parrington and her husband Brian Parrington, son Alex Moody. Peggy was blessed to be a great grandmother with the recent birth of Jameson Clifford Parrington and she immediately nicknamed him “Buttons”. Peggy also leaves an extended number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Moody was predeceased in death by her husband, Dewitt Hugo Moody, and their youngest son, Charles Hugo Moody.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 5 August 1921, Peggy was the daughter of the late Joe Pacheco and Constance Alverez. She grew up in Honolulu and graduated from Farrington High School. After graduation, Peggy worked various jobs including employment as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy. The civil servant position was with the typing pool in the busy machine shop of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII. Following the war, Peggy met and married her one true love, Dewitt, on 14 November 1947. She continued on in her life’s work as a proud Navy Wife, a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grand Mother.
Peggy’s interests included listening to Hawaiian music followed by an occasional Hula dance, shopping, travelling, visiting friends, and enjoying her favorite Soap Operas. Her real passion in life was cooking and she always made sure her family had a well prepared dinner every day of the week.
As a Navy Wife, Peggy travelled extensively. Her and the family’s adventures included: Boston, MA; San Diego, CA; Honolulu, HA; Bremerton, WA; Hayward, CA; back to San Diego; Indian Head, MD; Holy Loch, Scotland; Charleston, SC; back to Honolulu; and finally back to Indian Head, MD. Every duty station was a new adventure, which would include a memorable trip for the family. As with most military families, travel between duty stations was considered the family vacation for that year. Modes of travel included airplane rides on commercial airlines, MAC transports and a seaplane, bus rides with Greyhound, shipboard travel on a troop transport and a cruise from San Francisco to Honolulu on the SS Lurline. One of the more memorable trips was a cross-country drive from San Diego to Indian Head in late 1957 in a new Ford Station Wagon. The car was packed with two adults, and three small children, ages eight, six and six months. The trip included visits with cousins in Colorado and Grandma Veda in Missouri and ended on the day after Christmas in Indian Head, MD.
After Dewitt’s retirement from the Navy, Peggy and Dewitt settled in Bryan, TX and later moved to Orlando/Belle Isle, FL. It was during these years that Peggy achieved her final dream in life, a home she could call her own. After all the years of living in base housing and rented apartments and homes, she finally achieved the American Dream.
Funeral arrangements are private and entrusted to Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, 1350 W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Her ashes will be interred at sea, off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, along with her late husband Dewitt’s ashes. Rest in peace Mom and Dad. Aloha.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the your favorite charity in Peggy’s name. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.careyhandcoxparker.com
Mom you took a piece of me with you. You left me with a lot of good memories. See you over yonder. Rest in peace mom.
Verona SAMUELSorlando, FL