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King, Margaret "Peggy" Pigott

King, Margaret "Peggy" Pigott

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August 18, 1935 - August 26, 2018 The daughter of Dr. James P. Pigott and Helene B. Pigott, Peggy grew up in New Haven, Conn., where she graduated from the Foote School and Prospect Hill School. She went on to graduate with a classics major from Mount Holyoke College and to Yale for graduate studies. After a brief marriage to Loyall Howard Edge, Peggy was employed as an editor in New York City. She then went to Washington, D.C., where she worked for members of congress and later was an editor for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare working on papers for scientists and policy for the general public. While Peggy was in D.C. she met and married James F. King Jr. and they soon left D.C. The attraction that drew Peggy and J to Charlottesville some 48 years ago was the library at the University of Virginia. They stayed and dedicated themselves to many civic organizations. Additionally as executive director of the Northwestern Virginia Health Systems Agency Peggy oversaw hospital placement certification, costs and health care efficiency for 30 counties. This included one year working with no staff when unfunded by the state. Her drive was to focus the medical facilities certificate of need on services that benefited the patient rather than were oriented on profits for the facility. Peggy authored a book on eldercare used by Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). The list of organizations that Peggy served included the Lewis Mountain and Fry's Spring Neighborhood Associations, the Charlottesville Neighborhood Federation, Criterion Associates (founder), the League of Women Voters Charlottesville Area (president) and perhaps most importantly the Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Board of Directors). The Kings were to be honored at the September 28th 2018 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet for their "steadfast dedication to our branch of the NAACP, as well as for" their "activism in the fight for civil rights for all." Life members of the NAACP, the Kings participated in national conventions as devoted policy analysts for organizational process to end discrimination and to promote fairness and opportunity. Peggy was described by a close friend as a pleasant, quiet, good natured, serious, kind person who was always positive and polite with gentle humor and grace but also with resolve to do what was right in every forum. "Peggy King was a brilliant Latin and Greek scholar who cared and tried to do the right thing for all including the cat visiting from next door to the community". A reader, Peggy's home was filled with books, all read. For years Peggy read out loud to Jay whose eyesight no longer allowed him to read. Young readers from the community also filled that role so the Kings positively influenced young and old with the values of helping others. Peggy also very much enjoyed in her retirement years being a teacher for those from other lands learning English. Peggy King is survived by her sister, Mary Johnsen and Mary's three sons, James, David and Erik; and granddaughter, Greta and grandson, Jakob. Also William King and his wife, Lucia, of Luray, Va., and her dear and faithful friends, Katherine "Kobby" Hoffman and daughters, Austen and Courtney, and Juan and Claudette Wade and daughter, Gabriella, who contributed to her life and to this summary of her life. At Peggy's request there will be no service and rather than flowers, contributions to the local branch of the NAACP or to the League of Women Voters would be most appropriate and appreciated. Better yet join them in their worthwhile efforts to support their daily efforts for justice and civil rights for all people: Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, P.O. Box 1522, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or http://www.albemarle-cvillenaacp.org/ The League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 2786, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or http://www.lwv-cva.org.

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