Graham, Margaret

February 27th, 2011

Margaret M. (Mahoney) Graham, “Peggy”, age 58, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, with her family at her side on February 27, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a courageous battle with cancer.

Peggy was born in Winchester, MA, on April 26, 1952, she was the cherished daughter of Mary “Mae” (Fleming) and the late Francis “Frank” Mahoney of Wilmington. Peggy grew up in Wilmington where she made many life-long friends and she had a lot of fun growing up in a large and loving family. She graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970. Peggy went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1974.

For many years Peggy taught Early Childhood Development in the Arlington School System, her students were very important part of her life and she made learning fun. Peggy touched many lives of her students and molded them to be wonderful educators, they will never forget her.

Peggy also was very instrumental at the “Cares” program in Wilmington, an after school program for children, where she helped with homework, played games with the kids, and was very kind and loving to them, they loved to be with “Mrs. Graham”.

Peggy married her high school sweetheart Charlie Graham in 1976, sharing over 34 years of marriage. Peggy and Charlie were inseparable, they loved to have a good time with their family and friends. They loved to travel, and enjoyed many wonderful times at Lake Winnipesaukee boating, swimming, and enjoying the people around them.

Family was very important to Peggy, she loved being a wife and mother to her two children Meghan and Ryan, they were the center of her universe, she was a very devoted to their happiness and well being, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them.

Peggy was also strong willed, a fighter, and a survivor when it came to beating cancer. The road wasn’t always easy when dealing with cancer but she made it look that way. She fought her illness head on and with her will to live Peggy fooled even the best doctors, she wasn’t going to let her illness define her life she lived every day to the fullest. Peggy handled her diagnosis with courage and grace not to mention humor. She always had a smile on her face, a joke to tell, and was more concerned about others no matter what was going on with herself. She was truly remarkable.

Peggy will be remembered for her sense of humor and her smile, she was so much fun to be with and people were drawn to her. She was always upbeat and positive, the world was definitely a better place with Peggy in it, she will be missed by many.

Peggy was the beloved wife of Charles A. “Charlie” Graham, devoted and loving mother of Meghan M. Graham of Charlestown and Ryan C. Graham of Cambridge, dear sister of Frank Mahoney & his wife Carol of Boxford, Irene Palmingano and Michael Mahoney both of Wilmington, Mary Weatherbee & her husband Robert of Gilford, NH, Patricia “Pat” Mullen & her husband James of Dracut, Barbara Mahoney of Windham, NH, Annmarie Phenner & her husband Michael of Merrimac, sister -in-law of Mary & John Lohmann of Grantham, NH and Diane & Mark Mueller of Ogden, UT, Peggy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, March 3rd from 2-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


58 Entries in Guest Book for “Graham, Margaret”

  1. Susan (Barry) Hewitt says:

    To Peggy’s family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on your profound loss. I am from the WHS Class of 1971 and remember Peggy as far back as the Glen Road School. She was always friendly and upbeat and although we weren’t close friends,I always could see her as warm and congenial and a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time

  2. John Avant says:

    Charlie: So sorry to hear about the loss of your honey. Wish I could magicly make the hurt disappear.
    I’m thinking of you,kiddo. You got to have a good time with the love of your life though, so keep the good memories.

  3. Jack& Ann Pratt says:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. I went to WHS with Charlie and Peggy an remember the fun times we shared. Peggy was a wonderful person she will be greatly missed by all and will live on in our hearts. Peggy and my brother George have gone to a better place.God bless.

  4. The Forester family says:

    Ryan, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time..

  5. Barbara Graham says:

    My condolences to the Mahoney family. Charlie, Meghan & Ryan–sorry does not even begin to cover my feelings. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.You are even receiving prayers from my friends here in Texas.I will be calling soon. Hope to see you all real soon.

  6. Jennifer Shettles-Malone says:

    My best memories of visiting Massachusetts involved Uncle Charlie, Meghan, Ryan, and of course…Aunt Peggy. Even though it would be many years between visits, Aunt Peggy would always make it seem like it had only been days since I had left. Thank you Aunt Peggy for loving me as your niece – unconditionally and without judgment…you always made me feel welcome.

    Uncle Charlie, Meghan, & Ryan – you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jennifer

  7. Karen and Gerry O'Reilly says:

    To Ryan and your family, we are very sorry to hear about your mom. May her memory live on in your hearts. You are in our thoughts. Love, Karen and Gerry

  8. Lynne and David Morin says:

    Charlie, Meghan, and Ryan, we are so sorry for the loss of Peggy. We just heard about Peggy’s passing. Pinewoods Campground will not be the same. It was always a joy at get togethers at the campground, Peggy was a joy to be around. The fight in her was always there and most of the time was she was so upbeat, even when she wasn’t feeling all that well. God has taken her as an angel and she will be sorely missed. Lynne and David (site 14). Take care and God bless you all at this very sad time.

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