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Peggy Wickham

Peggy Wickham entered her eternal reward Tuesday, July 23, 2013. A graveside burial service for Mrs. Wickham will be held on Monday, September 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Hollywood Cemetery.Peggy Wickham

MARGARET HALSEY GEARING WICKHAM, “Peggy,” of Richmond, died July 23, 2013 at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Henry Taylor Wickham; her mother, Margaret Grandy Gearing; and her father, Wallis Gearing. She is survived by three daughters, Wallis Raemer and her husband, Dan, of Brookline, Mass., Lisa Wickham of Richmond, and Mason Wickham and her husband, Edwin Zawadzki, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and by one son and his wife, George and Mary Wickham of Richmond. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Taylor Farnum, Whit Farnum and his wife, Kitty, Maggie Raemer, Clayton and William Wickham, and Ela and Claire Zawadzki; and by two stepgrandchildren, Benjamin and Zachary Raemer. Peggy was born in San Diego, Calif., and lived as a child in Panama, Shanghai, Annapolis and other naval bases in the States. Peggy made friends wherever she went and truly never met a stranger. As a young teen, she was embraced by her godparents and “adopted” family, Blanche and Edwin Fuller of Coronado, Calif., with whom she remained close throughout their lives. She graduated from the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Calif., and later attended Sweet Briar College. She loved to remember her adventures serving in the Red Cross in Antwerp, Belgium in 1945; among her duties were helping to reunite families in war-torn Europe. In her life in Richmond, she enjoyed her roles of wife and mother and had many wonderful friends. She was an active member of the Junior League of Richmond, the Three Chopt Garden Club, the Colonial Dames, and St. James’s Episcopal Church. Over the years she contributed her many talents as a costume designer and dressmaker for the Children’s Theater, the Valentine Museum and Wickham House collections. Her fine needlepoint Christmas gifts to family members are works of art and labors of love that will be treasured along with her memory. The family extends its appreciation to the staff of the Gables at Westminster Canterbury for their kindness and extraordinary care. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in Peggy’s memory to the Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, Va. 23219 or to the Gables at Westminster Canterbury, 1550 Westminster Canterbury Way, Richmond, Va. 23227. A memorial service will be held in September. Arrangements by the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Richmond.

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