Margaret “Peggy” Rich, 76, of Kennebunk, Maine, formerly of Hull & Duxbury, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on August 23, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and on the same day and only hours after the family welcomed her third great-grandchild into the world.
Born March 7, 1943 in Quincy, MA she is predeceased by her parents, Donald H. and Winifred M. (Morrow) Hatch of Pembroke, MA, her sister, Susan Hatch of Memphis, TN, her brothers, Peter (Jean) Hatch of Halifax, MA, Kevin (Suzanne) Hatch of Chesterfield, MI, and Robert “Chris” Hatch of Port Orchard, WA.
Peggy married her husband, Paul in 1961 in Weymouth, MA. She was a full-time mother, homemaker and Child Daycare Provider, living in Duxbury, MA who later moved to Hull, MA with her husband, Paul, to enjoy Nantasket Beach across from their condominium which was built on the spot where the old, 98-foot tall hill of the now defunct Paragon Park roller coaster, known as Giant Coaster, previously stood.
Her family, especially her own role as mother, grandmother and older sister were of great importance to her. This is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Being with her family was what Peggy enjoyed most of all. In addition, she enjoyed oil painting, crafting and making and collecting porcelain dolls and figurines.
Peggy’s life had many obstacles, and she struggled for decades with devastating illness and dementia. Yet through it all, her love and the wellbeing of her family remained her focus, and in so many, many ways, she was able to pass-on that love and strength to her family.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Paul, of Kennebunk ME, her five children, Lisa (John) Podrecca, of Crossville, TN, Amy (Frank) Rhodes of Halifax, MA, Kevin Rich (Steven Smoot) of Boston, MA, Jen (Jerome) Libby of East Wakefield, NH and Andrew Rich of Weymouth, MA, her five grandchildren, Chris Podrecca of Mattapoisett, MA, Molly (Brendan) Doherty of Plymouth, MA, Sean (Denise) Podrecca of Falls Church, VA, Bridget (Mikey) Dalton of Marshfield, MA and Dakota (Adam) Novak of Berwick, ME., her three great-grandchildren, Declan Doherty, Carter Novak and Penelope Novak and her two sisters, Katie (Stanley) Winchenbach of Waldoboro, ME and Sara (Rick) White of Akron, OH, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Private services will be held at Hope Memorial Chapel, Biddeford, ME, and internment at Southern Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Sanford, ME. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). To share condolences on line, please visit www.hopememorial.com.
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