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McNulty, Margaret Ellen

McNulty, Margaret Ellen Almquist (also known as Peggy Day), died of kidney failure on Friday, February 1, 2013. She was 89 years old and surrounded by family at the time of her death. Her husband was Dennis Day, the famous Irish tenor and one of the stars of the Jack Benny Show. Peggy is survived by her 10 children, 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and her brother, Robert Almquist.

Peggy was born in Denver, Colorado on December 22, 1923 to Arthur Almquist and Margaret Bahan and was raised in the Los Angeles area. She attended UC Berkeley and USC. Peggy and Dennis married on January 29, 1948 and raised their family in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. She entertained with beauty and grace and turned her passion for decorating into a successful gift shop business, The Old House in Santa Monica for over 17 years. Dennis passed away in their Brentwood home in 1988 after suffering from ALS. Peggy later moved with her mother and daughter, Eileen, to the island of Maui where she and Dennis had owned their second home. She continued to share her amazing talents during the holidays decorating The Ritz Carlton Hotel and opened her own home for a successful "Old House Collections Christmas Show". She also helped her daughter Eileen establish her day spa, "Savage Hair and Body Treatments". After spending 17 years in Maui, Peggy returned to the mainland in 2006 and settled in Orange County. Her passion and talents continued to flourish with lending her daughter, Mary, a helping hand to re-establish her gift shop, "The Red-Eyed Grasshopper," currently open in Orange, CA.

Service, March 8, 2013 10am, St. Norbert's Church. Private Reception immediately following service. Private Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

 

Mortuary: Shannon-Bryan Mortuary

Florist: Flowers of Orange