This past September the Coronado Democratic Club lost a member who truly exemplified the attributes we always hope to find in our members. May Marguerite Chilton, better know to all of as Peggy, passed away September 2nd, 2014. She was born in West Point, Mississippi in 1919. Before she finally settled in Coronado she lived in several places, and had numerous exciting jobs that included working in New York City as a department store buyer, doing social work for San Diego County and driving for the Red Cross during World War II.
She married Jack Chilton in 1941 and while raising their children she still found time for local civic projects and was involved in the children’s after school activities. Peggy and Jack moved to Coronado in the early sixties and became involved in the community almost immediately. One of their main interests was politics and of course they became active in the Coronado Democratic Club. Both of them worked very hard for the club and over the years they served as officers and committee chairs. There was a time years ago when the club membership dropped to about 8 or 10 members but Jack and Peggy were there working to keep things together.
Although small in stature Peggy was truly a big influence in the running of the club. After Jack passed away she continued to attend meetings and help out as her health permitted. She always participated in the yearly July 4th parade dressed in the traditional red, white and blue.
This year was no different, there she was, ninety five years old, in failing health, participating once again in the parade. Sadly this was her last club event. Peggy passed away on September 2nd eight weeks after the parade. This feisty, energetic little lady will truly be missed by all who knew her.
– Mercy Mandelbaum