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Margaret Teresa (O'Connell) Boatwright

September 12, 1932 ~ May 9, 2020 (age 87)


Margaret T. “Peggy” Boatwright, formerly of Keene, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville.

It was fitting that she died so close to Mother’s Day. She was my mother. She was our mother. She was everyone’s mother. She helped you with your book report at the Scottsville Library, she was your 4-H Leader, and she was your Sunday School Teacher at St. George’s Catholic Church. She was known for her wonderful sewing abilities, her knitting, and those Christmas stockings made of angora that once hung in the Governor’s mansion that took her 14 hours to complete. She even served as a judge at the Albemarle County Fair!

But before all that she was Peg, the sweetheart of the late Samuel Joseph “SJ” Boatwright, Jr. They were married for almost 60 years. They met over an argument about the Concord Bridge. Uncle Charlie lived in Massachusetts and SJ had to see it. SJ burnt her with a cigarette by accident and she said “ Well you burnt me, now you got to keep me!” He did. Well, history was made and then came their children: Lynn (Daniel), Diane (Tony), and a set of twins Beth (Jeff) and Jeannie (Dan). Oh and grandkids: Nick (Trista), Esther, Dakota (Mary), Sam, and Danica; and great grandkids: Maliyah and Justin.

We will miss her so, but we know she’s with Daddy, and that’s where she would want to be. She was so loved.

A private family graveside service will be conducted at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Esmont, where she will be laid to rest with her beloved SJ.

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Private Interment

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
7484 Esmont Road
Esmont, Va 22937

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