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Sister Margaret “Peggy” (Williamette) Devereux, BVM

Sister Margaret “Peggy” (Williamette) Devereux, BVM, 93, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Mount Carmel Bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation, the Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial were on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Peggy was born on Nov. 3, 1928, in Chicago to William and Margaret (McCormick) Devereux. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from Resurrection Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

Sister Peggy was an elementary teacher at St. Mary in Clinton, Iowa; Presentation, Holy Cross, St. Agatha and Holy Name in Chicago; St. Rose in Wilmington, Ill.; St. Monica in San Francisco; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she served as principal. In addition, she ministered as principal at Christ the King in Nashville, Tenn., director of religious education at St. Therese of Lisieux in Cleveland, Tenn.; and catechist at St. Joseph in Dalton, Ga. She served the congregation as administrator Wright Hall in Chicago.

“Peggy’s welcoming smile, easygoing manner and good sense of humor drew people to her, and she was admired and loved for her kindness and compassion. She freely offered a listening ear and an open mind, and readily encouraged and supported others on their path. . . [She] treasured her Catholic faith and her BVM heritage. They were a source of stability and strength, a guiding light as she navigated the challenges of life.” (Eulogy).

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother William Clarke (Patricia) Devereux, and a brother-in-law Joseph Lawlor. She is survived by a brother Joseph (Joan) Devereux, Elmhurst, Ill.; a sister Marilyn Lawlor, San Anselmo, Calif.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.

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  1. Aunt Peggy was the nicest most patient teacher! When she worked in San Francisco after her own teaching day had finished Aunt Peggy would stop by our house to help my Eleanor learn to read. Eleanor is dyslexic so this was no easy task! With patience and love the two of them would work in the living room, heads together, deciphering those words. Thank you Aunt Peggy you are loved and missed. Love, Monica

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