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Obituary: Whitehead, Margaret


Ming Yee Chen

Whitehead, Margaret

Margaret "Peggy" Sharpe Whitehead, 91, of Beltsville, Maryland passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, in Millville, Delaware. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 8, 1929, the first child of Adelaide and John Sharpe. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: John L. Whitehead and his wife Deborah, Donna L. Shahin and her husband Suhbi, Karen A. Graybeal and her husband Edward, Robert S. Whitehead and his wife Debra, Donald W. Whitehead, Jr., and his wife Donna, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and her sister Barbara Kanfer and her husband Jack as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald W. Whitehead in 2003.

Peggy was a retired federal employee and though she held many positions over the years, her favorite was working in the White House Gift Unit accepting the many and varied gifts sent to the Presidents during several Administrations. A great storyteller, Peggy entertained her family and friends with tales of her job and family adventures. She was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting historical sites. However, her greatest joy was gathering with family and friends with her dogs.

Peggy was a loved and special person to many and will be greatly missed.

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