Longtime Pacifica resident Margaret “Peggy” Edhammer died at her home on Nov. 5, 2020, at the age of 87.
Born in San Francisco to Cyril and Verda Chase, she grew up in the Haight-Ashbury and then in the Outer Sunset. She graduated from Lincoln High School where she made lifelong friends. She loved the city, visited it often and had many stories about life growing up there. She was an outgoing, fun, feisty personality.
She met and married the love of her life, Palmer, while attending nursing school at San Francisco City College. They moved to Pacifica in 1957. She always said that as soon as she saw Vallemar she knew it was where she wanted to live and raise her family.
She was very active in the lives of her six children. She helped in the classrooms, was president of the PTA, coached girls baseball and was a Cub Scout den mother. She encouraged her children in many sports and she herself enjoyed bowling, volleyball and tennis. She especially loved being a part of the local tennis team and was proud that she was able to play senior tennis into her late 70s. She was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, following games and hosting Super Bowl parties, even though she never quite forgave them for trading Joe Montana.
Anyone who knew Peggy knows of her love for cards and games. She had a competitive spirit and was up for any game.
Once her children got older, Peggy worked at the Skyline College bookstore and then in the office at Oceana High School where she referred to the students as “her kids.” It made her happy in later years when someone would stop her and ask, “Do you remember me, Mrs. Edhammer? I was at Oceana.”
Once she and Palmer retired, they traveled extensively. They took long road trips and traveled to Europe and Asia. Each summer they took two grandchildren on a trip, usually to Hawaii or Mexico. After Palmer died, she traveled with the Pacifica Roadrunners, the Senior Center, family and dear friends. She still talked about the African safari and seeing the total eclipse of the sun while in Idaho.
She is survived by her children Denise Edhammer Votruba (Jeff), Eric Edhammer, Wayne Edhammer (Carol), Mark Edhammer (Angeli) and Debby Edhammer Kidd; grandchildren Megan Cole (Matt), Justin Votruba, Grace Edhammer, Johnathan Edhammer, Kenneth Edhammer (Keith), Christina Edhammer-Nicholas (Shawn), David Edhammer, Nicole Edhammer, Shandra Kidd Neves, Christopher Kidd (Christina); and great-grandchildren Marina, Cadence, Callie and Ava Margaret.
She joins in heaven her late husband, Palmer, daughter Jill, and her sister Donna, all of whom she has missed terribly.
Due to COVID-19, services will be private.