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Margaret F. "Peggy" Tilley, 97, a resident of Plattsburgh, N.Y. for the past 5 years, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh.
She was born in Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom on April 18, 1920, the daughter of Percy George and Selina (Wilson) Campling.
Margaret was educated at private schools in England and Royal Holloway College, University of London. During World War II she trained and served as a British Registered Nurse as she felt she needed to do something for the war effort. On April 3, 1943 she married Sgt. Nathan Snow Tilley of the U.S. Army Air Corps. In September 1944 Peggy sailed on the Queen Mary, in use as a troop ship, with her five month old son Trenor, to the United States. There she lived with her in-laws until her husband was discharged. Their marriage lasted 51 years, until Nathan Tilley's passing in November 1994.
During most of their marriage they lived in Amherst, Massachusetts where Peggy was employed at the University of Massachusetts Library, The Jones Library in Amherst and the Deerfield, MA Library. She was an avid reader all her life, she enjoyed people and was proud of her family.
Left to cherish the memory of Peggy are, her daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Wally Day of Plattsburgh; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Trenor and Barbara Tilley of Vancouver, British Columbia and John Tilley of Eagle River, Wis.; six grandchildren, Jan Tilley of Williamsburg, Va., David Tilley, Christopher Tilley, and Elizabeth Tilley of British Columbia, and Eric Day and Christina Zielinski both of Plattsburgh; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Monica Gillham of Binfield, Berkshire, U.K.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Royal Navy Lt. John Campling, who was lost at sea during World War II.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staffs and friends at Will Rogers, Saranac Lake, the Vilas Home and Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh. All of these homes provided some wonderful times, care and support during her final fourteen years in the North Country. Donations in Peggy's memory may be made to any one of the three aforementioned homes.
At Peggy's request there will be no public calling hours or services. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in the North Amherst Cemetery in Amherst, Mass.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Peggy Tilley please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on May 3, 2017
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