Margaret “Peggy” Jackson Wood passed away peacefully on February 27, 2018 surrounded by family after a short stay at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
She is survived by her loving son, Paul A. Wood and wife Nannette (Gervais) Wood of Windham; grandchildren Tyler Wood from Cary, NC and Erin Wood of Buxton; nieces Vyonne Swenson of Hydeville, VT, Jennifer Gilliland of Snowhill, MD, and Shelby Wood Mills of Shiloh, IL; nephews Mark Wood of Douglasville, GA, Chris Wood of FL, and Stephen Wood of Gorham. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Allan L. Wood in 2009, and sister Barbara Jackson Swenson in 1996.
Peggy was born on August 2, 1927 in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of H. Laton and Lois (Mantor) Jackson. The family relocated to Maine in 1928 and after moving several times throughout the state, Peggy graduated as salutatorian of her class at Rockland High School in 1945.
Peggy attended the University of Maine at Orono where she was one of the top 10 highest ranking women of her freshman class, then graduated from the Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston after which she worked for several years at Porteous as a bridal consultant. She then went on to work at the Maine Extension Service Newspaper, followed by a 40-year career in the Falmouth school system where she primarily worked as secretary. Peggy was passionate about seeing students succeed in her community, taking great pride in her contributions to the school district, and cultivating lifelong friendships with both faculty and students.
After retirement, she and Allan spent much of their time enjoying their camp in Sandy River Plantation, and Peggy continued to hone her skills in knitting and embroidery – her most well-known talents among family and friends. She also enjoyed learning and was known to read several books in a week’s time.
Peggy will be remembered for her willingness to listen and share advice, her attention to detail, and her sharp mind and independent nature that carried her through her final days.
Visitation will be held from 10-11am on Tuesday, March 6 immediately followed by a service at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services at 660 Brighton Avenue in Portland, ME of which all are welcome to attend.
Since Peggy volunteered time to the Falmouth Food Pantry which was originated by one of her greatest friends, Jane Sudds in the early 1980’s out of the back of her car, we ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Peggy’s memory to the Falmouth Food Pantry at 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. We know your generosity would warm her heart, as she cared and contributed much of her time to her community.