Margaret G. ‘Peggy’ Mallory:

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Margaret G. “Peggy” Mallory, passed away on June 13, 2016 at the age of 91 in Redding, California. She was born May 23, 1925, in Marysville, Montana and spent her early years in Oakland and Concord, California.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Peggy earned her degree from UC Berkeley. While there, she met the love of her life, James Mallory, whom she married in 1947. Jim, Peggy and their family moved to Redding in 1959, where she began a career in early childhood education. She established the Head Start and state preschool programs in Shasta County and went on to become the first county schools administrator for early childhood education. Peggy served the young children and families of Shasta County in that position until her retirement in 1991.

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She played violin in the Shasta Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years and volunteered for many local organizations including the Association for the Education of Young Children and the American Association of University Women. Peggy and her family hosted numerous foreign exchange students, and she was a founding member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. She was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for her community involvement in the 1970s. Peggy continued her volunteer work for a host of causes until quite recently.


Peggy lived her life fully, taking great joy in her family. She loved to garden, play the violin and travel. Peggy enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially visiting the forest in Round Mountain and the beach at Cayucos.

Peggy’s husband, James Mallory passed away in 2002. She is survived by her six children: Lois Mallory of Auburn, CA, Timothy Mallory of Montesano, WA, Martha Webb of Estacada, OR, Mary Mallory Rogers of Carmichael, CA, Carol Forster of Hat Creek, CA, and Paul Mallory of Seabrook, TX. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Peggy loved her pets, so this obituary would not be complete without mentioning that she is also survived by her dog, Kelsey, and her cockatiel, Wasabi. Peggy will be missed more than words can express.

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A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 26th, at 4:00 p.m., at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 2850 Foothill Blvd, in Redding. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Turtle Bay Plant a Tree Program, the Peggy (Margaret) Mallory Scholarship for Early Childhood Education at Shasta College, or to the Educational Foundation of AAUW.

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Tammy Douse says:

    I first met Peggy Mallory when she was the Director of Early Childhood Services for the Shasta County Office of Education in 1984.  She was loved by her staff and they admired her for her wonderful leadership skills.  Peggy was awarded the AAUW Redding Branch, Inc., Woman of Achievement Award in 1984.  I always enjoyed seeing her as she remembered everyone and was always a joy to be around.  She would continue to be active and attend AAUW events, even when she needed a cane.  And, one could always tell that her family cared for her deeply and would come to town to make sure she got to events that she wanted to attend.  Peggy will be remembered and missed.  Deepest sympathy to her family.

  2. A. Jacoby A. Jacoby says:

    What a blessing she was to our community. She will be deeply missed.


  3. Avatar Sally says:

    I attended the services at the Pilgrim Congregational Church today.  It was a beautiful service including some of Peggy’s favorite pieces being played, and the song “If You Love Me” sung by friends with the audience to join in for the second verse.  These are words we should all remember: “If you love me, if you love, love, love me, Plant a rose for me.  And if you think you’re gonna love me for a long, long time, plant an apple tree.  The sun will shine, the wind will blow, the rain will fall and the tree will grow.   And whether you come, or whether you go, I’ll have an apple, and I’ll have a rose, lovely to bite and nice to my nose.  And every juicy nibble will be a sweet reminder of the time you loved me and planted a rose for me, and an apple tree!!

  4. Avatar Charles Dethero says:

    I always enjoyed visiting with Jim and Peggy at their forest in Round Mountain; something unique about the place. RIP. Go Bears.