Marjorie G. (Gough) Peragine

November 30, 1932 ~ February 4, 2019 (age 86)

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Marge, as most people knew her, was a force of nature.  She fiercely loved her children, grandchildren and her great grandchild. She was a World War II child and was one of three children. Her sister Merry, and her brother Ed, and her mother Marjorie proceeded her in death. Her father, her greatest hero, was killed in action during the war to end all wars. 

She raised her daughter Nancy, who fulfilled her dream to become a nurse, and who selflessly took care of Marge in her golden years. Nancy has two children, Ray and Krystal who will remember their grandmother fondly and with a little fear. Grandma could be a little scary.

Ray has a daughter, Sailor. Ray is the VP at an insurance company. Krystal is the Director of Operations at real estate investment company. Both live close to their mother Nancy, in Plantation Florida.  

Marge also had a son, John, who went on to become a writer, social worker and symphony musician. John has three children, Sarah, Loreena, and Max. Sarah is a college graduate and works as graphic designer for a Fortune 500 company. Loreena is attending University of Iowa, as a nursing student. And Max is in the 1st grade. John lives in Iowa with his son and wife Kate.  

Marge had two other daughters- Susan and Alison. Susan proceeded Marge in death. Susan’s daughter, Alexandria is a PhD student at Stanford University. Alison has two sons- Sean and Evan. 

Marge worked most of her career in accounting for Eckerd Drug Corporation, in Largo, Florida. She could sew, cook and tell dirty jokes. Her favorite drinks were Rum and Coke, and Margaritas. Her favorite foods were- anything sweet and delicious. She would give you the shirt of her back, but if you hurt her family, you’d better run. 

Her favorite past times with her children growing up was tapping on windows with a flashlight under her face. She got a kick out of terror and loved “monster movies.” 

She did not have an easy life, but always seemed to pull things together for her children. They wanted for very little, and she supported their dreams as can be seen by their success. 

She loved crafts and decorating. She was beautiful, and in her younger years, would hush a room with her presence. She was quick to give advice such as, “keep to clear liquors to avoid a hangover.” 

She loved to use made up words like filthy-dirty, sayings like “Am what Am, Is What Was.”  She did not care too much for other people’s opinions. She was self-assured and never lacked a strong will. 

She was a phenomenal mechanic and could just listen to the hum of an engine, and tell what was wrong, as she jacked it up and slid underneath with a wrench. 

She was kind and terrifying. Brilliant and sarcastic. Funny and irreverent. She was the total package and if asked what her greatest accomplishment in life was- it was her family. We are going to miss you “Large Marge”- give ‘em hell in heaven!   

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