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Welcome to the memorial page for

Margaret "Peggy" J. (Johns) McGowan

March 12, 1916 ~ July 1, 2017 (age 101)

The Piano Brothers

Margaret J. McGowan

 Age 101, who lived a full and inspiring life, died after a brief illness on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  Peggy, as she was known to family, friends and her bridge partners, lived in Fox Chapel and previously in Mt. Lebanon.  She loved the Smith College Club, the Junior League, The Woman's Committee of The Carnegie Museum, The Laura Ann West Library and the Cooper Siegel Library, her bowling league, book club and her bridge buddies at the Fox Chapel Golf Club and the Rolling Rock Club.  She along with her close friend Marie Perkins owned The Bookmark in Mt Lebanon.  An avid traveler, she beamed in describing her flight from New York to Paris on the Concorde with her good friend B.G. Galey.  Always walking at a rapid rate, she was easy to spot in her yellow tennis shoes.  Most of all she loved Pittsburgh and its wonderful people.  She is survived by her dear friend, J. Lee O'Nan; her daughter, Bonnie H. Ledyard of San Marino, CA: her son, Henry C. Higginbottom (Susie) of Denver CO; her step children, J. Michael McGowan of Pasadena, CA, John B. McGowan (Dianne) of Sunnyvale, CA, Susan A. McGowan of San Francisco, CA and J. Christine Hess of San Jose, CA; her grandchildren, Stephen H. Ledyard (Janney) of Phoenix, AZ, J. Henry Ledyard (Amanda) of Sydney Australia, Megan D. Ledyard of Austin, TX, Molly E. Filippini (Scott) of Boulder, CO and  J. Cody Higginbottom (Sara) of Denver, CO;  six terrific step grandchildren and a whole football team of great grandchildren.  Her husband James A. McGowan preceded her in death.  A Funeral service will be held at Christ Church Fox Chapel on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to a charity of the donors choice or the Cooper Siegel Library. 


Charitable donations may be made to:

Cooper Siegel Library
403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15238
Tel: 1-412-828-9520
Web: http://www.coopersiegelcommunitylibrary.org/



 Service Information

Funeral Service
Thursday
July 20, 2017

3:30 PM
Christ Church Fox Chapel
630 Squaw Run Rd. East
Pittsburgh, PA 15238


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