Margaret N. "Peggy" DeGarmo, a retired construction company business manager and gourmet cook, died Thursday from a tumor at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 84.
The former Margaret New was born and raised in Vanderburg, N.J., and was a 1947 graduate of Red Bank High School.
"Peggy had been my oldest sister's best friend in elementary school. That's how we met," said her husband of 64 years, Lindley H. "Dig" DeGarmo.
The couple moved to Baltimore in 1950, and two years later, they established DeGarmo Constructors and Associates Inc., which did farm, commercial and residential construction.
Mrs. DeGarmo was the company's business manager.
"She never missed a day in 57 years," said Mr. DeGarmo.
Mrs. DeGarmo, who enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends, was especially known for her cakes and pies. She also liked gardening, horseback riding and skiing.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Maryland and Aigburth avenues, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 18.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. DeGarmo is survived by two sons, Donald Lindley DeGarmo of Glen Burnie and Kenneth Lyle DeGarmo of Millersville; two daughters, Suzanne Fogarty and Karen Keyser, both of Hampstead; seven granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters.