Margaret Martin, of Rye, NY, died on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at her home after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.
Margaret, known as Peggy, was born on June 19, 1936 in the Bronx to John and Grace Conroy, and was raised there alongside her older sister, Grace, younger brother John, and cousins Guy and Jimmy Moore. She attended Smith College, from which she graduated in 1957. As a young woman, she worked at the World’s Fair in Brussels, then returned to the United States and served with various non-profits and government offices, including Radio Free Europe and the office of Congressman John Brademas. In December 1966, she was appointed director of talent search for the Peace Corps, in which capacity she oversaw the Peace Corps’ efforts to recruit people to administer programs both in the United States and overseas. In 1968, she married John S. Martin, Jr., and together they had four children, John, Kate, Meg, and Anne. Peggy returned to school to get her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Columbia University and began a second career as a therapist and family counselor.
She is survived by her loving husband John, her sister Grace, her four children and nine grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, NY on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY on Monday August 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment immediately following at Greenwood Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Margaret Conroy Martin to the following organizations.
Donations can be made online or sent to:
Hour Children, Inc.
36-11 12th Street
Long Island City, NY 11106
Mount Sinai Hospital
Donations can be made online or Mount Sinai can be contacted at:
Mount Sinai Health System
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