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Obituary: Margaret Bowers Allison, Wellesley College Student

Photo from Beecher and Bennett Funeral Service
Photo from Beecher and Bennett Funeral Service

Obituary from Beecher and Bennett Funeral Service:

Margaret (Peggy) Bowers Allison, 84, of Hamden, Conn. died Nov. 29, 2013.

"Peggy Ruth" was born to Ruth (Carson) and Russell Bowers Jan. 18, 1929 in suburban Philadelphia, Penn. She grew up in nearby Lansdowne, Penn. with her older brother, Jack. 

She excelled in school and left Pennsylvania to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts. From then on, Peggy became a devoted New Englander. At Wellesley, she established life-long and treasured friendships, especially with Pat Rice and Nancy Abu Haydar. 

Peggy enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage to her great love, the late Walter Leslie (Les) Allison Jr. After marrying Les in 1953, the couple raised their four children, Shelley, Sandy, Lee and David, in North Haven, Conn. and then New Canaan, Conn. In both towns, she forged close friendships that continued throughout her life. During 27 years in New Canaan, Peggy was actively involved in her community, including the Congregational Church and The League of Women Voters. She was most proud of helping to bring affordable housing and an "ABC" House (A Better Chance) to New Canaan. She also enjoyed working at The New Canaan Book Shop, which she considered an extension of her Wellesley English major and her work after college at The Boston Public Library. 

In 1993, Peggy and Les retired to their home at Eastman in Grantham, New Hampshire, before returning to Connecticut in 2005. During her time at Eastman, Peggy volunteered at David's House at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, trained as a hospice volunteer, and pushed hard to establish her church as an "Open and Affirming" congregation. At Whitney Center, in Hamden, she maintained her involvement, chairing the Lecture Committee for several years, and participating in many other activities, including regularly reading to children at a nearby school. 

Peggy was an avid sports fan, and loved rooting for her children's teams when they were young, as well as the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. She loved cheering for and supporting her grandchildren at their many sports competitions, and at theatre and musical performances. She also enjoyed reading The New York Times, and was sharp and informed, not missing anything going on around her, even in her final days. 

In addition to her children and their spouses, Peggy is survived by her seven grandchildren Shelley Allison and Mark Flieger of Scituate; Sandy Allison and Jim Horwitz of Woodbridge, Conn., Walter Leslie (Lee) Allison III of Chicago, Ill., and David and Lisa Allison of Cincinnati, Ohio; her great-grandchildren Ross Flieger, Ben, Allie and Evan Horwitz, and Schafer, Reese and Scott Allison; her brother and sister-in-law, John C. (Jack) and Beth Bowers, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her sister-in-law Jean Van Horne, of Chicago, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Her extended family included Alain and Nati Gubler and family of Winterthur, Switzerland; Mark and Anne Blue and family of Westminster, Md.; Marcie and Kevin Brainerd and family of Guilford, Conn.; and Kori Cho and family of Hong Kong. 

Peggy's family thanks all who cared for her so lovingly and attentively at Whitney Center. 

A memorial service will be held Jan. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, Conn. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Wellesley College Students' Aid Society, Inc., 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481-8203 or A Better Chance, Inc. of New Canaan, P.O. Box 355, New Canaan, Conn. 06840.

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