Margaret “Peggy” Mae Harper, a former longtime Westchester resident, passed away at home in Kailua, Hawaii, Monday, November 20th. She was 86.
Peggy was cremated in Hawaii and will be interred with her husband at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.
A memorial service has been scheduled at noon Saturday, December 16th, at La Marina Inn, 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.
She was born in Greeley, Colorado, on December 24th, 1919, but was a longtime resident of California, having moved to the Golden State around 1931.
Harper attended John Fremont High School in Los Angeles and was editor of the class yearbook and a member of the Knights and Ladies.
She met Alfred “Alses” Jessie Harper in 1935 and they were married November 27th, 1937 and remained companions for 64 years.
They had two children, Roy Ellis Harper of Nevada City and Susan Louise Taylor of Kailua, Hawaii.
Between 1937 and 1950, Peggy Harper started her family, worked as a clerk/manager at Woolworth and opened a children’s daycare center during World War II, while Alses served in the Army.
In 1950, she began employment with Broadway Department Stores, where she worked in sales, created and taught in a charm school for young girls and later became part of the management team, serving as personnel director.
Over the years, she supported community endeavors, including Westchester Lutheran Church, PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She was a group leader for Y Teens and Little League Boosters Club, and a supervisor for numerous election precincts.
In November 2001, Harper was reunited with three half-siblings she had not seen for 62 years, Paula Strom and Daniel Shaffer of Clovis and Kathryn Contreras of Covina.
Harper is preceded in death by her parents, William Luman Shaffer and Dorothy Louise Hereford; two brothers, William Luman Shaffer, Jr. and John “Jack” Robert Shaffer; and her husband, who died March 25th, 2002 in Los Angeles.
Sisters Dorothy “Betty” Swensen of Laguna Beach and Joann Baldwin of Banning survive Harper, as do her sister-in-law Jayne Harper of Victorville and brother-in-law George Harper of Bakersfield.
She is also survived by her son and daughter; daughter-in-law Johanna W. Harper of Nevada City; son-in-law Dr. Richard E. Taylor of Kailua, Hawaii; and six grandchildren and their spouses Brad and Typhoney Taylor, Shelly Louise Taylor, Brent and Thecla Taylor, Tracey and Dustin Mittelsteadt, Roy E. Harper Jr., and Taylor B. Harper.
Two great grandchildren also survive her, Tehya Taylor, 6, and Noa Taylor, 4.