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. Mary Villano says:

    My life has been blessed having had such a good friend and colleague all these years. I will miss Peggy in so many ways but will cherish the memories of our time together.
    Charlie, Meghan, and Ryan – My thoughts and prayers are with you. Peggy loved all of you so dearly as you were the center of her life. There was nothing more important to her than you!
    To all of Peggy’s extended family – Peggy spoke about you often so I know how much she loved all of you.
    May all of you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have of Peggy.
    My condolences to all of you.
    Mary Villano

  2. Martin Flaherty says:

    I remember Peggy as always optimistic, quick to smile, and with a wonderful sense of humor. Peggy was kind, courageous and generous. She was an intergral part of our high school class and…..the community.
    Peggy always brought out the best in all of us.

  3. Nanci Ortwein says:

    God’s newest angel, Peggy….teacher to all. You not only taught the youth of Arlington, but you taught all of us, your peers, to never give up. You showed us how to smile when there wasn’t much to smile about. Your sense of humor carried me through many a day here at Arlington High School. I am incredibly sad, but here I sit at school and I have a smile on my face because Peggy has a whole new audience to entertain. Thanks for every day, Peg. Nanci O.

  4. Kathy (Ross) DelRossi says:

    Charlie and family,

    Ron and I are so sad to hear of your loss. When I think of Peggy, I smile. I have so many wonderful memories. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire Mahoney family.

    Thoughts and prayers, Kathy

  5. The Parsons Family says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Many fond memories and laughs with Peggy at your house, Cares and the Ninety Nine. Peggy was a one of a kind person, who touched everyone she came in contact with. I will miss Peggy’s huge smile at CARES, and always asking me about my family, and keeping me updated on the Mahoneys. There are few people left we can call true townies, but Peggy was a townie for sure. Love to you all.
    Maureen (Sullivan) Parsons and Family

  6. Charles says:

    I am so truly sorry Graham family to hear about Margaret. I just wanted to give you my condolences during this difficult time and leave you with the hope of the resurrection found at John 5:28,29 and the possibility to see our dead loved ones again.

  7. Lisa Casey says:

    My husband and I both had the honor of having Mrs. Graham as our preschool class teacher. She was a wonderful, kind person who will be greatly missed. RIP Mrs. Graham :(
    Love Lisa Casey (Giannone) and Jimmy Casey

  8. PEG ANKIEWICZ says:

    Amanda , Charlie and family:
    I am so sorry for your loss, May Auntie Peg find a happy place to sit and watch down over you all. May she keep you all safe, until one day you all meet up again. May peace be with you.

    Peg Ankiewicz

  9. Barry Dixon says:

    Peggy was a long time active member of our campground community. She always enjoyed our activities and made everyone she met feel very comfortable. We will miss her waves and her laughter.

  10. Jessica Giannone says:

    Mrs. Graham was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had at Arlington High. She was a great person and she will be missed greatly. My prayers are with Mrs. Grahams family at this time :’(

    Jessica Giannone

  11. Laurie Marshall says:

    I had the honor of having Mrs. Graham as a teacher for three years and have known her for many years since then. She was always an inspirational woman of strength. Always a smile, hug, or a laugh. A womderful woman that I have had the priviledge of knowing. She will be greatly missed by myself and so many others whose lives she touched.

  12. Laurie Pawl says:

    Mrs Graham will greatly be missed. She was the greatest teacher i had back in1988 . She was always there to support you even after high school. She told me that i would be a great mom to son . She touch many lives .Now that she is angel she will help many more .love you Mrs Graham you will be greatly miss. To Mrs Graham family my heart goes out to you

  13. Jennifer Healy says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Graham family. I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Graham for a teacher at AHS. She was a great teacher and friend. She will be missed.


    Jennifer Healy

  14. Danielle (Rindone) O'Toole says:

    I was one of the lucky ones to be taught by Mrs. Graham in Arlington. She was a wonderful teacher and a great leader. She welcomed my class into her home one year and we shared many, many laughs.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially Meghan and Ryan who she bragged about often. :)

    RIP Mrs. Graham – you will be missed. xo

  15. Patti Griffin says:

    My deepest sympathy to Peggy’s family during this very difficult time. Peggy was a kind and gentle spirit who always thought of others before herself. Her courage and determination was amazing. She will be dearly missed.

  16. stefanie Federico says:

    Mrs. Graham was an inspirational teacher and a amazing woman, she was always energetic and passionate about her work. She will always be remembered. I will take all my memories of her with me when I become a teacher. Thank You for everything Peggy.

    Mrs. Graham and her family will be in my prayers at night. God bless

    Love forever

  17. Dee Savioli says:

    Its been ten years since I sat in a classroom of Ms. Grahams and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that her life lessons have reached far beyond the walls of AHS. I will forever be thankful that Ms. Graham set me on the path of life in the right direction. Although that path lead us both in seperate directions, I know that where ever I go in my life I am who I am because of her. May we all take a page from her “book” and live life to the fullest with as much strength and love as Ms.Graham.
    My thoughts and prayers for Charlie, Meghan and Ryan.

  18. Linda Decareau says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was lucky to have Mrs Graham as my teacher. She’s the kind of teacher you will always remember. She was so nice. My thoughts and prayers are with you Graham Family.
    God Bless,
    Linda Decareau

  19. Catherine Hennessey says:

    Mrs. Graham was one of the best teachers that I ever had the pleasure of taking classes with. I took every class that I possibly could with her and would have taken more if I could. She was an inspiration and a staple of my high school career. Mrs. Graham helped me to grow as a person and a student and I will never forget her.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  20. Karen (McLellan) Brekalis says:

    Mrs. Graham was the best teacher, she taught us not only to be good people ourselves but to embrace life. I got to know her when I was a student teacher at the Menotomy Preschool in Arlington High School, and she was also my homeroom teacher. She was the most compassionate loving teacher and I loved going to school just to see her. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Mrs. Graham

  21. Dani Viscomi says:

    “Graham” never with a “mrs” in front of it but she was THE most respected and loved teacher around. I had Graham for 4 years and somehow about 9 classes. She is part of how I became who I am today. Graham not only taught with dedication but she made you part of her family. Stories of Meghan and Ryan, inviting us to her house and HEC trips away. She was truly an amazing person and I was lucky to have had her in high school and kept in touch with her beyond. She will be missed and remembered by many

  22. Jennifer Dunn says:

    I had the honor of having her as a teacher for 3 years in high school. She always greeted everyone with a smile. She was always a very happy, strong, and beautiful woman. She will be greatly missed.
    Rest in Peace Mrs. Graham.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    With love,
    Jennifer Dunn

  23. Michele Zupokfska says:

    I have only known Peggy for a couple of years and will truly miss her. She was my camp neighbor, friend and fellow Patriots fan. Leon and I send our thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  24. Wendy Flynn says:

    Sympathy to the Mahoney and Graham Families. I feel honored to have been touched by such an amazing woman. If not for Peggy I would have never gone down the path in life that I did. She encouraged and supported but never faked it. I bet she is sipping on a cup of tea with just a little bit of milk. Love you Graham!

  25. Matt Dunn & Pam Sullivan says:

    Dear Meghan,
    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are here if you need us.

    Matt & Pam

  26. Marie Arena says:

    I wonder if AHS realized the gift they had? Arlington truly hit the jackpot when they hired her back in the 80’s. A smart, beautiful, caring, hilarious, generous and real women she was. I am sick to my stomach with this news. I feel blessed to have called her my friend.

  27. Liane Cronin says:

    Charlie, Meaghan & Ryan,

    As a coworker in Arlington and a parent of one of Peggy’s many “special” students I can truly say that she was a wonderful, caring person who touched so many lives throughout her career. She gave so much to her students and I believe that my son, Doug, grew so much while Peggy’s student. It wasn’t just the class material she taught but the life lessons and wisdom she shared. I believe Peggy was a strong influence and a positive example in the development of my son into the man, husband and father that he has become, as well as so many more of her students. Her legacy lives on in the students whose lives she touched.

  28. Bev O'Connell-Rooney says:

    Charlie, Ryan and Meghan, I am so sorry for your loss. Peggy filled the room with her smile and wit and she will be missed by so many people in additon to you and your extended family. The wonderful memories you have of her and your love of one another will help you get through this difficult time. God bless. Bev

  29. Bob McLaughlin says:

    I had the honor of having Mrs. Graham as a teacher at AHS in the Pre School Program. She was one of a kind and on of the most influential people in my life. She inspired me to become and educator and showed me that laughter is always the best policy. Although its been years since I have seen her I often tell stories of her and the pre school program to many of my students now and my colleagues. A legend for sure. I am saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family.

  30. David Josselyn says:

    Very sorry about your loss. My thoughts go out to Frank and Carol in this time of sadness for them and their family.

  31. Kerrie Simoneau says:

    I had the pleasure of working alongside “Graham” for 8 years where she touched the lives of many AHS students as well as the preschoolers. No matter what time of day, Peggy would walk through the classroom, teacup in hand, and would be greeted happily by the students, whom some affectionately referred to her as “Mrs. Gam”. Even though she retired a few years ago, time does not go by fast before a former student comes to tour the preschool and asks, “Is Graham still teaching here?”, and a cherished story is told. She remains a legend at AHS and touched so many lives.
    Charlie, Meghan, and Ryan, Peggy always beamed as she often told stories of you. Her love and devotion to you was so evident. She was a fabulous woman.
    My condolences are with you.
    Kerrie Simoneau

  32. Amy (Roper) Gazza says:

    Graham, You were amazing teacher. I can;t believe you are gone, you are too young.
    My thought and prayers go to your family.
    My Favorite class was Early Childhood, your stories about your family, Megan and Ryan, and of course Charlie.
    Thanks for everything, you inspired me. Miss you lots.
    Remember the HEC CLUB, Plymouth trips.
    I will always remember your smile, Graham

  33. Matt and Jaime Humes says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Graham family. Know that she is in heaven making everyone laugh! She was a great lady that fought a brave battle. We love you all and are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  34. shari ghitelman says:

    Arlington had a truly wonderful and caring teacher when it came to Peg. I always enjoyed working with her. The work she did for her students will be her legacy. My sympathy to her family.

  35. meredith bransfield says:

    peggy, you were the true definition of strength. you spread nothing but love and laughter no matter what you were battling personally. i was always so drawn to your energy and excitement for life. with an open heart you shared great stories, advice, and the world’s best chicken broccoli and ziti;) thank you for being such an amazing source of support and inspiration. i feel blessed to have connected with you in your beautiful life….big hugs and all my love to you- you always were an angel.

  36. SYDNA ANDERSON says:

    Sonny and I send our deepest sympathy to all of the Mahoney and Graham family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  37. Elaine Mueller-Cantu says:

    Charlie and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Peggy. I only met Peggy a few times but I remember a woman full of life with an infectious smile, endless stream of humor and the gift of making people feel welcome and at ease. She leaves an amazing legacy as she clearly touched countless lives throughout her journey on this earth. Charlie, the bond between you and Peggy is an amazing gift and we hope that strong connection will comfort you in the days ahead. Meghan and Ryan, you were so richly blessed with Peggy as your mother – she will be smiling at you from the heavens. Diane and Mark told us many great stories about the adventures of Peggy and all of them describe a woman who lived life on her own terms, in her own way and with her family as the center of her world. The lives of many people have been touched by this remarkable person and we know she continues to walk by your side. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Elaine Mueller-Cantu and family

  38. Kim Casey says:

    Mrs Graham was such a wonderful teacher. She was so much fun and so charismatic. She was such a bright a funny person and so kind and generous. I am so sad to hear of this news. She will surely be the brightest star in the sky. <3

  39. Mary Flaherty Angles says:

    Dear Charlie and Diane,
    I am so sorry to hear about Peggy. I remember seeing her last a few months ago in Burlington. Peggy had finished spending the day at Lahey and was with Charlie. She greeted me with a big friendly hello, as usual. My parents thought the world of her and we all enjoyed her company and smiling face. Peace be with you and all of your family during this difficult time.

  40. Courtney Arseneault says:

    Peggy was an amazing woman and will be missed. She touched many lives and I know her students loved her. I still look back fondly on my time working with her in Arlington. Although she will be missed greatly by her family and friends, I have no doubt that she is in a place where she is at peace and free from pain.

  41. Pat Crane says:

    I met Peggy at Lahey in 1992 when we both participated in a cancer support group. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Her caring and sensitive nature and her ability to share her feelings helped me to get through that difficult time. We kept in touch for many years then as life goes we drifted apart however I thought of her often and always with a smile. God bless you all who loved her and miss her now. May your memories of her comfort you.

  42. Joan Walsh Vuorenmaa says:

    Peggy and I had a very special relationship. I loved her strength and her wonderful smile. On my bad days she was my greatest supporter. She took away my fear and told me to look to the future with a positive attitude. I will always remember her and pray for her family
    With my deepest love to you.

  43. Elizabeth (Adams) Stetson says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Graham. She was such a great teacher at Arlington High. One that I will never forget! Because of her direction and leadership I went on to become a preschool/kindergarten teacher.
    Mrs. Graham, you will be truly missed and never forgotten! Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Greg Coolidge says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Graham and Mahoney families. I have many fond memories of Peggy from growing up.

  45. Anne Flaherty Urtiaga says:

    Dear Charlie and Family

    We are all so sad to hear of Peggy’s passing. I remember her when she was young…running out the front door…her red hair flying. Thinking of her always brings a smile….and she always had one to share. Mom and Dad always loved you both Charlie.

  46. Chris Luken Barnard says:

    Irene and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Peggy’s passing, I wanted you to know that you and your family are in my heart and prayers.

  47. Susan Gilbert Sexton says:

    Dear Charlie, children, and the Mahoney Family,

    My deepest sympathy to all of you at this very difficult time. I will always remember Peggy’s beautiful smile, her great sense of humor, and the fun we had together. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. We will all miss her.

  48. Dorothy Hersom Pilcher says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Peggy. My thoughts go out to her family and
    the Mahoney Family. Her sister Mary and I were great friends growing
    up and I remember Peggy while growing up and being at her house so
    many times. They were always fun times. Peggy will be missed so much.

  49. Jessica Albanese says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Graham. She was such an amazing teacher at AHS. I was lucky enough to have Graham for three years. Her child study classes encouraged me to become a teacher. I certainly will not forget her. She always spoke about her family. She loved you all very much. May your memories of her comfort you at this time.

  50. Sylvia (Coburn) Stevens says:

    I was lucky enough to be a student of Mrs. Graham’s at Arlington High through the early childhood program. She was a great teacher and a great role model of standing up for what is right. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

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