Margaret Ann Giles Buchanan
Devil Hills - Margaret Ann Giles Buchanan was born on October 10, 1936
to Barbara Hastings and Merle Lewis Giles. She was the second
child - her brother, Russell was 3 years older - and the family called
her Peggy or Peg. Peggy grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and
Blauvelt, New York.
Peggy graduated from Cornell
University in 1958 with a BA in home economics and elementary
education. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and served as
president her senior year. At Cornell Peg met Ronald L. Buchanan,
a veterinary student, and they were married on June 14, 1958.
Earlier that year Peggy was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of
Peg and Ron moved to Maryland
and soon started a family. Douglas was born in 1959, followed by
Deborah in 1960, and Holly in 1961. Peg kept busy running a
household, looking after three small children, and helping Ron manage
his veterinary practice. Two more children completed the family -
Scott, born in 1965, and Elizabeth (Betsy), born in 1969.
of Peg's great interests was genealogy work, and she spent many hours
at the genealogy library researching her ancestors. Peg was also
an accomplished homemaker and excelled at needlework, quilting,
knitting, sewing, rug-braiding and more. She was an excellent
baker and her homemade bread was much sought after at school and PTA
fundraisers. In the opinion of her family, nobody made a better
pie crust than Peggy.
In 1970 Peg became a licensed real
estate and soon excelled in her new career. She was a top
agent for over 30 years. In addition to selling real estate, Peg
began investing in real estate. At her peak, Peggy was invested
in over 30 rental properties, which she managed; some she and Ron owned
outright, and others she owned jointly with one or two other agents.
and singing were a major source of happiness in Peggy’s life. She
had a beautiful voice with a large range, singing both soprano and
alto. In the early ‘80’s she joined a community choir at the
University of Maryland and sang with the choir for twenty years. Peg
enjoyed singing the choral masterpieces – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony,
Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, numerous oratorios by Handel
including Messiah, and many others. She travelled with the choir
and sang in Berlin, Moscow, London, Belgium, Switzerland, and Puerto
Rico. One of the highlights of her time with the choir was
singing at Pres. Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985.
1981 after Peggy’s brother, Russell, passed away, Peg and her family
travelled to the Outer Banks of NC for the first time. They
realized they had found paradise, and within a few years Peg and Ron
began trading their real estate investments in Maryland for beach
houses on the Outer Banks. In addition, Peg and Ron decided to
retire on the Outer Banks and had a house built in Colington Harbor,
where they finally moved in 2004. Peg enjoyed life on the Outer
Banks and spending time with family and friends on the beach.
Wherever Peg and Ron travelled, they always felt that nothing surpassed
living on the Outer Banks.
Peg is survived by her husband
of 59 years, Ronald L Buchanan, and four of her children, Douglas,
Deborah, Holly, and Elizabeth. Scott predeceased her earlier this
year. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 8
great-grandchildren. We know that she has been happily reunited
with her parents, her brother, her son Scott, and the many ancestors
she discovered through her genealogical research. We look forward
to the day of resurrection when she and those who have passed before us
will live again with our Savior. We pray that we will be worthy
to join them and await that day with joyful anticipation.
funeral will be held 11am, Friday, August 11, 2017 at The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nags Head with the burial to
follow at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour
prior to the funeral.
Condolences to the family may be expressed
at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc.
was entrusted with arrangements.