Friday, August 9, 2013


I missed this obituary from earlier in the year. The widow of Dennis Day died. She survived her famous husband by nearly 26 years...

Margaret McNulty also known as Peggy Day of Orange, California died February 1, 2013 at her home. Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday March 8th, at St. Norbert Catholic Church in Orange California. There will be a private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Shannon-Bryan Mortuary is assisting with the arrangements.

Peggy was born December 22, 1923 in Denver, Colorado to Arthur Almquist and Margaret Bahan of New York. She was a businesswoman. Peggy was predeceased by her husband Dennis Day the famous Irish tenor and one of the stars of the Jack Benny Show.

Peggy and Dennis were married on January 29, 1948. Dennis passed away in their Brentwood home in 1988. She is survived by her 10 children, 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and her brother Robert Almquist.

Peggy attended US Berkeley and USC. She entertained with beauty and grace and turned her passion for decorating into a successful gift shop business, The Old House in Santa Monica for over 17 years. Peggy moved to the island of Maui where she and Dennis had owned their second home. She continued to share her amazing talents during the holidays, decorating the Ritz Carlton Hotel and opened her own home for a successful "Old House Collections Christmas Show". She also helped her daughter Eileen establish her day spa, "Savage Hair and Body Treatments".

After spending 17 years in Maui, Peggy returned to the mainland in 2006 and settled in Orange County. Her passion and talents continued to flourish with lending her daughter, Mary a helping hand to re-establish her gift shop, "The Red-Eyed Grasshopper," currently open in Orange CA...

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