Peggy Lou Airhart ….
Peggy Lou Airhart 1923-2022
Actor, artist, wife, mother, volunteer police officer, world traveler, Red Hat Lady and woman of faith, Peggy Lou Airhart died March 23 at age 99. She was a 15-year resi- dent of Leisure World. Born Peggy Lou Morrow in Portland, Oregon, she was not fond of rain and moved at the age of 18 to Los Angeles, where she met her future husband, Lonnie, at a dance. During their 45-year marriage in their Long Beach home, they raised two sons and two daughters. In 1972, to earn extra Christmas cash, Peggy took a part-time job at May Company that turned into a 20-year career. With the children grown, though still busy as a wife and worker, she found time to become a world traveler with her brother as her traveling companion and later, with LW friends. After her husband’s death, her children urged her to move to Leisure World, where her latent talents blossomed. Peggy discovered she could draw and joined an art class, then the ceramics group Claycrafters. A neighbor took her to Enter Laughing, the improv group, and she was a star. From there, it was on to the Theater Club and the Producers Club, for which she was a mainstay in their yearly productions. She also joined the Seal Beach Police Department as a volunteer officer and became a Red Hat Lady.
Peggy is survived by sons Gregory (Lori) and Darrel (Beverly); daughters Nancy Conrad (Tim) and Mitzi Brady (Chris); 12 grandchildren; 17 greatthe grandchildren; and brother Jim.