, Salem, MA

January 30, 2014

Margaret "Peggy" Blais, 86

Danvers, MA — Margaret “Peggy” Blais, 86, of Danvers, Mass., passed away January 21, 2014, in Beverly, Mass.

Peggy was known to many as “Rusty” because of her long thick mane of red hair as well as a hearty laugh, and an infectious smile.

Peggy was born in Marblehead, Mass., on December 11, 1927. She was the daughter of Samual Musto and Margaret Knight Musto and wife of the late Robert Blais. She ran the Cordwainer Bed & Breakfast. She was a proud mother and wife. She enjoyed gardening, her many cats, dogs, horses and other pets, Saturday Mornings yard-saling, and motorcycles (which she rode into her early 80s). She was a tireless volunteer to many of her children’s activities including as a chaperone to the Chuting Stars, Blue Angels, and North Star Drum and Bugle Corps, the Danvers DeMolay Chapter, and the St. John’s Prep Drama Club.

She is survived by her brother, Ronald Musto of Vero Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Linda, Lauren, and Lisa; six sons, Larry, Lance, Lee, Lon, Lucas, and Landon; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service is planned for the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to

MMSF, Inc. (The Massachusetts Motorcycle Survivor’s Fund), P.O. Box 446, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Condolences may be left on Peggy’s online tribute page at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center in Beverly, Mass.