, Salem, MA

January 1, 2013

Margaret "Peggy" Towey, 81

Peabody — Margaret “Peggy” Towey, 81, of Peabody, died late Friday evening at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after fighting over 8 months of illness. She was the very devoted wife of Thomas P. Towey, II with whom she shared over 57 years of marriage.

She lived her strong religious life to create harmony & beauty for others. Her lucky children are Tom Towey III, Patty A Towey, John E Towey and his wife Linda, and the late Kathleen Towey. She also leaves two beloved Grandchildren Sheila K and Tom Towey IV.

Margaret’s big brother was the late Joe Cloherty. Her Older Sisters are Mary Perry of Lexington and Ann Mikutaitais of Shrewsbury. Also she has two younger brothers, John Cloherty of Arlington and Bob Cloherty of Lunenburg who guided her through grade school and accompanied her to a trip to Ireland recently.

Born in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late John Cloherty and Annie (Hughes) Cloherty. She was raised and educated in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington High School, class of 1949.

After graduating from high school, Peggy enlisted with the United States Navy during the Korean War and was stationed in Seattle, Washington, at the USN Supply Depot for four years until her honorable discharge in 1954.

Peggy was extremely active in the community. She was a Professional Artist who taught throughout the North Shore, including the Salem Senior Center. She was a member of the Peabody, Middleton, and Lynnfield Art Associations and was a past president of the Emblem Club of Peabody. She also was a member of the American Legion Post 153 and was a longtime volunteer at Salem Hospital. Additionally, she worked as Marshal at the Ward 1 Polling station for over 30 years.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 9:00 AM at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church, Lynn St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. For directions and online obituary, visit