Peggy McAllister

Peggy McAllister

Thursday, October 11th, 1928 - Monday, May 10th, 2021
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Peggy McAllister, 92, of Saint Joseph passed away Monday, May 10, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 22nd, at St. Paul’s Episcopal church in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Sarett Nature Center or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of St. Joseph. Those wishing to share a memory of Peggy may do so online at

Peggy was born on October 11, 1928 to Kenneth and Edna (Rose) Clauer in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1946. Peggy attended Purdue University where she met Fred "Mac" McAllister. Peggy & Mac were married on May 1, 1949 and lived in Hobart, Indiana until they moved to St. Joseph, Michigan in the late 1950's. They put down permanent roots and raised their four children in St. Joe.

Peggy loved a wide variety of outdoor activities including gardening, camping, canoeing, cross country skiing, and sailing on Lake Michigan. She was able to share her enthusiasm with others through High Cliff Terrace Garden Club and the Sarett Nature Center. Peggy knew the names & characteristics of Michigan native flowers and trees & often amazed her grandchildren with this information. She enjoyed gardening into her 90th year.

Peggy loved small town life and was known by many in the community as an active volunteer. She was a devoted member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she participated on a variety of committees. She was a driving force in the church Hadley pottery sale & the annual rummage sale. While her daughter was in Girl Scouts, Peggy became a troop leader. Although Jean left scouting in junior high school, Peggy became a lifetime member of the scouts and served in various roles for the area girl scout council. She hiked the Appalachian trail with a group of girl scouts and was still active when her granddaughters became scouts, eagerly joining activities when needed.

Peggy enjoyed the St Joseph/Lincoln Center & enthusiastically participated in the activities there. She was part of a group of seniors that danced for fun and even performed their routines on occasion.

Peggy is survived by daughter Jean Tipton (Brent) of Huntsville, Alabama; sons Jack McAllister of Grand Rapids and Jim McAllister (Connie) of South Haven; daughter-in-law Jenna (Pat) of Saint Joseph; grandchildren Katie McAllister, Christine McAllister Mulcahy and Colin Mitchell; great grand daughter Heidi Mulcahy; and her sister, Carol Metallo.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her first-born son, Pat.
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    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 2:00pm
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church - St. Joseph
    914 Lane Dr.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Carol Ann Metallo

Posted at 02:03pm
My big sister Peggy was always like a second Mom to me. Twelve years older, married with four children, she was always the picture of what a successful life was in the 50's. When I married and had my three children, we became good friends and were always there when needed even though we were so distant between Michigan and the East coast. She loved to travel, took a hot air balloon over the desert in Egypt, to Russia and other countries I have yet to see. We took a tour trip to Italy together after my husband died and I had fun showing her places off the beaten track. On my yearly visit to Michigan we found places to go closer to home.

Her passing has left a large hole in my heart especially since I cannot travel to Michigan for the garden service and to be with her family. My family wishes to say goodbye to their favorite aunt, who always remembered them with little presents for Christmas that were special and only opened on Christmas Eve. We will all miss her.

Cynthia a Miller

Posted at 06:37am
Our whole family is saddened by the loss Peggy. We still have designer jewelry she helped us make while working with the Girl Scouts of Singing Sands. She helped the girls and the mother leaders to help build better citizens out of our little ones. Peggy always had a cheerful, kindly attitude, insuring one felt welcomed in any venue.
She encouraged people to think for themselves and to concern themselves, politically, for the lives of all people. She was concerned with human rights and encouraged involvement in community.
Later on, it was a joy to see her working out at the St. Joseph Senior Citizen Center, continuing to build friends wherever she went. She dearly loved her husband, Mac, and her children. Her life was one of true service and love.

PJ Canonie-Bubin

Posted at 06:52am
Peggy and son Pat were active in Berrien County Democratic Party politics. As a founding member of the Berrien County Democratic Women (BCDW), she brought her spiritual values, intelligence, wit and energy to our cause. She was a member of that generation who walked the talk. She was a naturally warm person with an eternal smile on her face. My sense is that Peggy was an asset to every organization she joined. My condolences to her family. She was a role model of a successful, loving life.

Victoria Gillespie

Posted at 05:48pm
Dear Jean, Jack and Jim,
Our childhood was filled with picnics on the beach with your mom and mine, with parties
and celebrations, and just fun gatherings in those early 1960s. Your mom was like a second-mom to me. Generous, sympathetic and most of all, encouraging. In more recent years I chatted happily with your Mom in the third aisle of Martin's...

I am thinking of you all with very fond memories of your mom, your dad and Pat.

Victoria Gillespie
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bernice Mason Posted at 07:51pm

Bernice Mason - Peggy was always kind and caring. She always had a smile on her face. She was a Joy to be around. She was a busy and active Lady doing things in the Church and the Community. I enjoyed working with her on some of the Church’s special projects. She made it her busy to remind me how she appreciates me taking care of the children in Church. I’m proud to have known her. We were neighbors down the street on South State Street in St. Joseph. I would check on her sometimes. I will miss her dearly. R. I. P. Peggy. Bernice Mason, Nursery Director/Teacher, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Jean Tipton Posted at 07:54am

Dear Victoria, What a beautiful tribute to my Mom! Our families had some great times together. I miss our friendship and would like to reconnect. Thank you for your kind thoughts and words, Jean Tipton

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