Peggy Louise Ferrero passed away at Queen of the Valley Medical Center on May 19, 2013. On that day, we lost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, family member and dear friend.
Born in August 1935 to Donald and Rosemere Lowe, Peggy was raised in San Carlos, Calif., attending local schools and graduating from Sequoia High School. In 1953, Peggy married her high school sweetheart, Dick Ferrero, and raised their daughter, Darlene, and son, Dennis in San Carlos. They were married 59 years.
Peggy was a great mom. She was always involved in her kids’ school and extracurricular activities, and their friends were always welcome. During our school years and beyond, Mom always found a way to help make dreams come true.
Peggy first worked part-time at a women’s clothing store, then at the Baby Mart in San Carlos. She eventually enjoyed a career at Black Mountain Water and retired from there in 1998. She and Dick moved to Yountville, where they were soon joined by both children and granddaughters, Arlina and Rebecca. Within two months, her third granddaughter, Amanda, was born. “Camp Grandma” was officially open.
Nothing was more precious to Peggy than her family. She loved a party and enjoyed having celebrations at her home … or anywhere. Peggy had a quick wit, loved to laugh and enjoyed telling and listening to funny stories. Over the past three years, several other family members moved to Napa, and she loved having them here. Peggy’s family and home meant everything to her. Last summer, the Ferrero’s moved to Napa and were living there at the time Peggy passed away.
Unfortunately, Peggy battled some chronic health issues for the past 11 years. It began to take a toll on her, but she remained courageous and strong, fighting to the end.
Peggy left behind her husband, Dick; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Dale de Beauclair; son, Dennis; her granddaughters; brother, Bob; sisters-in-law Marilyn and Imogene; niece, Rebecca Lowe; cousin Lee Hill; and many other family members. She is also survived by her precious (most of the time) Bichon, Angel.
Peggy was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Don; her grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the Queen of the Valley staff and numerous other health care workers who cared for and befriended Peggy over the years. They helped make her condition bearable, and their support and friendship meant a lot to her.
Peggy will always be remembered for her spirit, humor and courage. She will be missed every day, but the warmth of her love and the sound of her laughter will continue.
As Peggy wished, a private celebration of her life will be on May 25. Please contact the family for details.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family online at TulocayCemetery.org. Anyone wishing to make a donation may direct it to the QOV Foundation, St. Jude’s or to a charity of your choice.