Peggy's Story

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BANGOR - Peggy J. (Bailey) Manning Higgins, 90, passed away peacefully, April 21, 2015. She was born on July 26, 1924, in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, to Harry and Mabel Bailey.

After completing her education, Peggy trained to become a tailoress, contributing to the WWII war effort by making military uniforms. She became a war bride, marrying Carroll (Barb) Manning, in 1944. On May 7, 1945, the eve of VE Day, she gave birth to their son while cheers rang out in the streets.

As the co-founder of the Overseas Women's Club, Peggy welcomed and assisted other war brides in their assimilation into American life. In 1953 she became a proud, naturalized American citizen. After the death of her first husband, Peggy married Francis (Moldy) Higgins, which expanded her family and brought her many years of happiness. She enjoyed a close relationship with her expanded family until her death. Throughout her life, Peggy kept in close contact with family and friends in England. There were numerous visits to and from there, and when traveling was no longer possible, there were frequent phone calls to and from her sister, Lillian, and on most Sundays, a call from her caring and thoughtful nephew, Barry.

Peggy was a gifted conversationalist on many subjects, including poignant memories of the war: the fear, destruction, deprivation and personal loss. All of which were experienced with the resolve to "remain calm and carry on", a resolve she retained throughout her life. She had an inquisitive mind, a flawless memory, and a witty sense of humor.

She had many creative accomplishments, but she most wanted to be remembered as a good mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, to which her family wholeheartedly agrees. In addition, her family and friends will always remember and sadly miss the delightful afternoon teas with Peggy. She was also a lover of animals and enjoyed the company of many beloved pets throughout the years.

The last week of her life, she was tenderly cared for at home by family and healthcare providers of St. Joseph's Hospice. She also received many visits from family and friends. She died peacefully with her family at her side.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Peggy was predeceased by her daughter, Sally Salas; granddaughter, Katie; and her sister, Molly. She is survived by her children, Nancy Morey of Bangor and John Manning and his wife, Linda Farwell, of Hallowell; her grandchildren, Leah, Anna and Bianca Morey, Stacy Baude, Corey Manning, Tish Payson, Tanya Mello, Damion Salas and Maren Salas; stepchildren, Daniel, Edward, Latona and Frances; sister, Lillian; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews.

At Peggy's request, the interment was private for the family. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Peggy in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  May 9, 2015
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