Margaret M. Waller (Peggy), a 56-year resident of Lompoc, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2018, at the age of 95.
Peggy was born the youngest of two daughters to Morgan S and Margaret M McCormick in Henderson, Kentucky on May 9, 1922.
She spent most of her youth split between Florida and Kentucky, as her father was a farmer and escaped the winter to recharge in Miami. After graduating high school, she spent her college years split between diverse campuses, from Mexico City to Duke. In Kentucky, she married a local boy, Charles S Waller, and followed his career in the military, moving about every three years until he retired in 1963 from Vandenberg AFB, raising three boys and various dogs along the way. They remained settled in Lompoc where they had moved in 1962. She was an accomplished seamstress and frequently made changes to various clothing when it was deemed to not fit quite right.
She enjoyed antiques, painting and sketching and several of her paintings have displayed in Lompoc over the years. As a couple, she and Charlie recreationally enjoyed golf, bowling leagues, and bridge. She lived alone following Charlie's untimely death for 18 years until rehabilitation from an operation led her to discover group living in the Lodge of Lompoc (now Meridian) and subsequently at the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) where she found she enjoyed the noise, the bustle, the company and the assistance. The family would especially like to thank the many very kind and competent caregivers at the CCC who made her last years the best possible until she succumbed to the Lompoc flu of Christmas 2017.
She gave to various charities and was one of the many donors to the new Lompoc Hospital.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband; her youngest son Tom; her parents and her older sister Mary W Royster of Evansville, Indiana.
Her legacy lives on in her sons Charles E. of Lompoc and John M. (Jan) of Eureka; grandchildren Jennifer (Johnny), Antonio (Sarah), and Bethany, and great-grandchildren, Shia, Gage, Arial, and Tristan.
Margaret, Peggy, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma -- we miss you and love you -- you will live in our hearts forever.
A celebration of Peggy's life will occur at the Activities Room of the Lompoc Comprehensive Care Center, 216 North Third Street in Lompoc, on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 2:30 pm. Friends, family, colleagues, etc. are invited to attend and participate.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Veteran's Memorial Building, or Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (msf.org)) or a charity of your choice.