Peggy Joan Thompson

Date of Birth

March 4, 1961

Date of Death

January 20, 2023

Peggy was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4, 1961 the youngest of 6 children born to Paul and Margaret Thompson. At four years old the family relocated to Santa Barbara and Peggy attended Peabody School Kindergarten, San Roque Elementary and Bishop Garcia Diego High School.

A happy childhood was the most memorable time of Peggy’s life.  She thoroughly enjoyed life on Puesta Del Sol in an old sprawling Bungalow house with numerous family members and guests. Never a dull moment, there were always activities of some sort going on; card and board games, friends hanging out,  vacations, and unending family gatherings, outings and visitors . Rocky Nook Park and the Natural History Museum were close by and frequented often. In High School Peggy had many friends and enjoyed cheerleading and playing on the Volley Ball Team.

From an early age Peggy’s artistic talent was apparent. She could draw anything she saw and was always working on a creative project.  Her medium went from pen & ink, pencil, acrylics and to pastels which were her favorite as well as crafts and sewing.  She was a true artist, craftsman and free spirit.

She worked as a waitress at I Hop restaurant in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara for many years and was a very skilled waitress who enjoyed her customers. The true love of her life was her dog Sara Lee.  They were inseparable up until the very end.

One of Peggy’s greatest accomplishments was living with and caring for her mother in the family home for 10 years following her father’s death in 2011.  She worked hard in the garden, cooked, cleaned and kept her mother company until her mother’s death in 2020.  The last few years of Peggy’s life were difficult due to grief and deteriorating health.  She had just found a new apartment and was to move in the day she passed away.  She died at Cottage Hospital from complications of pneumonia.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Margaret Thompson and older sister Cindy Doherty. She will be missed by her siblings Nancy Diaz, Randy Thompson (Lorrie), Sally Nespor  (John),  Patsy Angel and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends but above all her dog Sara Lee.  Her restless spirit can now be at peace.

There will be a gathering to say goodbye to Peggy on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 11:00 am at the San Vicente Clubhouse, 340 Old Mill Rd. in Santa Barbara.  Please contact a family member for details or directions. Thank you Pueblo Del Rey Funeral Services for their assistance.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to an Animal Humane Service of your choice.


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