Margaret ‘Peggy’ M. Barrett, 89, founder of the Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland

By on August 28, 2019

Margaret “Peggy” M. Barrett, 89, of Newville, previously of the Manheim area, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Green Ridge Village Healthcare Center, Newville.

She was born Dec. 7, 1929 in Long Island City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Timothy and Ellen (Murphy) O’Keeffe.

Margaret graduated from Boherbue National School in 1943. She was a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Shippensburg. Peggy was a former member of Women’s Republican Club of Lancaster and President Emeritus and Founder of the Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland.

Peggy is survived by her son: John P. Barrett of Carlisle; two grandchildren: Kimberly (Shawn) Twoomey and Cathy Barrett; great-grandson: Tyler Twoomey Barrett; sister: Lily McKinley of Newburgh, N.Y.; and brother: Denis O’Keeffe of New Windsor, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Timothy O’Keeffe.

A public viewing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg. Mass of Christian Burial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, 305 N. Prince St., Shippensburg, with Father Dwight Schlaline officiating. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will immediately follow the services at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

Memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Professional services are entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, Shippensburg. Condolences may be posted to

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