Margarita Dalrymple, “Peggy”, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of her 90th birthday, February 4th, 2017. Margarita was born in La Estrella, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama on February 4th, 1927 to Urbana Torres and Juan Gonzalez.
Margarita married SGM Richard A. Dalrymple in 1959 in the chapel at Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone. From Panama they started a lifetime adventure with their children Richard and Janet. They traveled the world and were stationed in California, Michigan, Germany, Staten Island NY, Virginia, Norway, Hawaii, and Massachusetts. Upon Richard’s retirement from the United States Army they returned to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1985.
Margarita worked as a telephone operator in Colon, Panama when she met Richard at a USO dance. Once married she took great pride in creating a home for her family in all the places they lived. She was a talented seamstress, crocheted beautiful afghans for family and friends, enjoyed making ceramics which she also loved to give, and took pleasure tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She loved nature and enjoyed sitting in the back porch of her home watching the birds and animals. She loved watching wrestling and was an avid baseball fan all her life and loved the New York teams, especially the Yankees. Margarita was an outstanding bowler, participating in local leagues wherever they lived, and had a high game of 269. In recent years she really enjoyed visiting casinos with family and friends. Most of all, she was good and kind and everyone who met her could see and feel that in her. We were so blessed to have her and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Margarita is survived by her loving husband Richard and beloved daughter Janet and was predeceased by her son Richard A. Dalrymple, Jr.. She was one of 5 children and is survived by her sister Melida Luna of El Monte, CA. She is survived by her many cousins, and their families, including: Edilma and her husband Bob Gathy of San Pedro, CA; Nelvia and her husband Juergen Schroeder of Upland, CA; Adriana and her husband Bill Heaster of Colorado Springs, CO; Milin and her husband Mike Lycette of Charleston, SC; and Sheila Munger of Hampton, VA. She is survived by many nephews and nieces including: Rick and his wife Sharon Tasciotti of Poughkeepsie, NY; Barbara and her husband Jamey Ashworth of Highland, NY; Daniel Luna and his wife Fatima of Glendale, CA; Debbie and her husband Fred Gyger of Albuquerque, NM; Frank and his wife Anne Tasciotti of Poughkeepsie, NY; and Laura Jean Rechnitzer of Clifton Park, NY. She is survived by many great nephews and nieces including: Sarah and her husband Bob Benson of Highland, NY; Julia Ashworth of Highland, NY; Aydan, Conor, and Devin Tasciotti of Poughkeepsie, NY; Chris VanLeuven of Poughkeepsie, NY; Bryan Gyger and his wife Natassia of Rio Rancho, NM; and Matthew Gyger and his wife Melinda of Rio Rancho, NM; Isabella Luna of Glendale, CA; and Lineth Batista of Panama.
She is also survived by her loving goddaughter Bianca and her husband Jason Pinkerton of Fayetteville, NC; her daughter-in-law Maria Dalrymple of Salem, OR; and many other extended family members and loving friends.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Wm. G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 775 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY. Following the Mass, the Burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery, 171 Salt Point Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit our website at

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