Margaret “Peggy” Fitzgerald, 89, of White Salmon, Wash., died on July 24, 2010, at home.
Born Margaret Lorraine Thomas on Aug. 5, 1920, in Gilroy, Calif., she was the daughter of the late James Edward Thomas and the late Evelyn Margaret Stanley.
Raised on a ranch in Gilroy, Calif., she graduated from Gilroy High School in 1938 and moved to San Francisco, Calif., to pursue a nursing career. It was while attending school that she met and married her late husband, Howard William Lytle, M.D., of Stockton, Calif.
Making their home in San Jose, Calif., Peggy and Howard had two children: the late Howard William “Bill” Lytle II and Diane Gail Lytle.
A homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Peggy was also an avid golfer and member of San Jose Country Club and Stockton Golf and Country Club. As an avid golfer, she could be found routinely watching golf or following the golfing career of her son, Bill Lytle, or playing rounds with her friends or grandchildren.
Peggy was a frequent world traveler. She enjoyed traveling so much that she often played a game with her granddaughter-in-law, Tracy Barkhimer (a fellow world-traveler), stating, “I’ll bet you haven’t been there.” Most often the answer was, “Yes, I have.”
After the passing of her husband, Howard, in 1988, Peggy rekindled her relationship with her high school sweetheart, Leo Fitzgerald, of Stockton, Calif. They were married in 1991 and lived in Stockton until his passing in 1997. After his death, Peggy relocated to White Salmon, Wash., to be closer to her family.
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Diane Gail Barkhimer, and son-in-law, Bill Barkhimer; grandchildren Erik Barkhimer and his wife, Tracy, of Scotland, Md., Kirk Barkhimer, of White Salmon, Alicia Lord and her husband, T.J., of Dongducheon, South Korea, Lauren Lytle, of Reno, Nev., and Daniel Lytle, also of Reno; great-grandchildren Isabelle, Isaac, Avery and Christian Lord, of Dongducheon, South Korea, and Kristina Barkhimer, of Scotland, Md.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ben Thomas and Jack Thomas, of Gilroy, Calif., and her son, Bill Lytle, of Palm Springs, Calif.
In celebration of Peggy’s life, contributions can be made to: Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, OR 97031.
All services will be private. Peggy will be inurned in Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Calif., next to her husband, Howard.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon, Wash.
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