Margaret Ann Perry 03/18/1942 - 12/10/2013

Wake

Martin's Home for Service

48 Elm street 

Montclair,N.J. 07042

Funeral

Saint Peter Claver Church

Roman Catholic Church

56 Elmwood Avenue,

Montclair, N.J. 07042 , 10 am

Repast

Libretti's Restaurant

554 Nassau Street

Orange, N.J. 07050

Gallery

Peggy Perry was born on March 18,1942, at Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ. She was the first daughter to William and Marion Crampton, and was raised with her sole sibling, her sister Pat, in Bloomfield, NJ.

 

Peggy's childhood was one that was steeped in a deep appreciation for family and for music. At an early age it was evident that Peggy had a special talent when it came to the piano. By age ten, she was winning numerous music competitions against seventeen and eighteen year olds.

Through the years, Peggy's musical prowess would take her many places. As both a middle and high school student, she would give music lessons. She was well versed in many musical genres; having been exposed to them all thru various family members. After high school, Peggy attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City to study classical piano. While at Julliard she also had the fortune to study under the tutelage of musical greats such as Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, and others. Also during this time, Peggy and her sister Pat formed The Crampton Sisters. The Crampton Sisters developed a strong local following and even performed on American Bandstand!

At age 14, Peggy met Peter Perry of Hillburn, NY, who would become the love of her life. Their love affair would span five decades and produce two wonderful sons; Mark of Atlanta, GA, and Derik, of North Bethesda, MD.

During this time Peggy was a musical therapist at Overbrook Hospital, and for 16 years she brought music into the lives of many mentally handicapped individuals; which see saw as a blessing. She even had the fortunate opportunity to collaborate with the legendary James Moody; on the song "Last Train From Overbrook." On the side, she would perform in various jazz and gospel groups, and even did some recording. Her journey then took her to the law firm of Stryker, Tarns, and Dill in Newark, NJ, where for the next 25 years she was the receptionist.

Upon their retirement, Peggy and Peter planted roots in Galloway Township, NJ, where Peggy focused her time and efforts on the things in life that brought her immense joy; her granddaughters, and her social clubs; The Friends of Distinction, and The Northeasterners.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 50 years, Peter, her sister, Pat, her two sons Mark (Isabelle Perry), and Derik (Lynn Perry), her grandchildren Jade, Carmen,Taneisha, and Jillian Perry, her niece Kim (Jason Johns), grandnephew Ethan, and a host of relatives. Peggy and her music will be fondly missed by many.

12/27/13 : a family connection was made with Peter Perry
12/27/13 : a family connection was made with Mark Perry
12/27/13 : a family connection was made with Derek Perry
12/27/13 : a connection was made with Martin's Home for Service Inc.
06/22/15 : 0 posted in the guestbook