Margaret Louise Flynn, 60, of Warwick, RI, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Hope Hospice in Providence, RI after a long battle with cancer.
Born January 20, 1962 in Waterbury, she was the daughter of Martha (Griswold) Hull of Southington and the late Bernard John Flynn.
Margaret's family called her Peggy, but she was also affectionately known as Margaret, Maggie, Maggie Mae and many more names of endearment. She was raised in Wolcott, Connecticut and moved to Clinton, Connecticut where she graduated from The Morgan School, Class of 1980. Upon graduation, she proudly joined the United States Air Force and was based in Colorado, New Mexico, and RAF Greenham Common, United Kingdom. She transitioned from the Air Force to the Colorado Air National Guard in 1987. In 1990, she moved back East and served full-time, active duty in the Rhode Island National Guard. At that time, she received an Associates Degree in Environmental Science from the Community College of the Air Force and continued to serve until her retirement in 2005. After retirement, Peggy remained in Rhode Island to continue to work as a civilian in a variety of human service roles.
Peggy was exceptionally devoted to her family and friends. She generously remembered every birthday and special event and found great joy in giving the most thoughtful, personalized gifts. She made it a point to maintain connections, in all relationships, in all places, and she sent endless letters and cards to stay in touch. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic sorority with members all around the world. This sorority is a social, cultural, and civic foundation for women's friendship and fellowship, and Peggy held dear the many wonderful and loyal women with whom she shared this bond.
Peggy loved all kinds of music. She knew every word to just about every song on the radio. She loved theater and dance, and most especially ballet. At Christmastime, she would anxiously await the Nutcracker and get tickets for a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert the moment they went on sale.
Peggy loved to travel with family and friends. She especially enjoyed taking her mother on small excursions to Maine beaches, Vermont mountains, and places of beauty all over New England. She took her young nieces and nephews on trips to Washington, D.C. and mountains of Tennessee to experience history, music, and nature. Peggy treasured her annual Maine family Christmases.
Peggy loved her country and years of military experience. She was a proud veteran. She felt truly honored to have had the opportunity to serve her country in different capacities over the course of her 24 years of service. Perhaps her most prized possessions accrued throughout her military career were the countless loyal and committed friends who remained by her side her entire life. She shared so many laughs, tears, and truly amazing life experiences with so many friends who traveled by her side during this most remarkable trail in her life's journey.
Peggy loved people. She loved to talk and meet people literally, everywhere she went. She loved babies and small children and would be filled with sheer joy watching the antics of babies and children wherever she was. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats. Her heart was broken earlier this year when she lost her beloved Nelson. Peggy always held a special spot in her heart for people with disabilities, or those struggling with challenges of any sort. She was a helper. She was always, very simply, kind, empathetic, and compassionate.
Finally, Peggy was a woman of great faith. This faith allowed her to model strength and grace during the most difficult period of her life. Peggy always said that she loved her life, and felt blessed. She even posted those words on a note in her hospital room when the chaplain asked if she wanted a daily reminder about something good and beautiful in her life. She did not want to leave but she always acknowledged the abundant love in her life, both received and given away, and she chose to feel blessed, even during her final days. She brought happiness and joy, to so many. She was simply special, quirky, silly, happy, loving, and truly a gift to all who knew her. She will be remembered for her beautiful heart and soul, but even more so for the gift of love she generously gave to all she knew.
In addition to her mother she leaves a brother Bernard M. Flynn of Southington and her sisters, Kathleen Flynn Gleeson and her daughter Mari Masters of Southington, Maureen Flynn Smith and husband Joseph of Southington and children Patrick and Jared Hayes, Eileen Flynn Hawkins and husband Craig of Yarmouth, Maine and children Matthew and Meredith, and Erin Flynn of Westbrook. She also leaves numerous cousins, Godchildren, family members, and friends around the world. She was predeceased by her niece Corp. Breanna Joy Hayes, USMC.
A memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil the Great Church, 525 Woodtick Rd., Wolcott. Inurnment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peggy's honor to your local animal shelter or the 2022 BAA Half Marathon: Meredith Hawkins fundraiser page-Run for Dana Farber via this link: