Margaret Blanche Northcutt
Margaret Blanche Northcutt
  • May 13, 1932 - September 25, 2017
  • Princeton, Texas

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Margaret “Peggy” Blanche Fritschler Simmons Northcutt was born May 13, 1932 in New York, the first of three daughters born to John (a UPS mechanic and volunteer firefighter) and Margaret (a homemaker)Fritschler. Peggy grew up in and attended school in Elmont, New York. Upon graduating from high school, despite having a full voice scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, Peggy enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps to serve her country. It was during this time that Peggy fell for a soldier, left the WACs and started her family. Peggy spent the better part of the next two decades moving from one Army base to the next with her growing family; finally settling in Mesquite, Texas in the summer of 1969. Peggy returned to the workforce in 1970 upon landing a job with the Internal Revenue Service in Dallas, Texas where she worked until her retirement. After being a devoted and hard-working single mother for a over a decade, Peggy met the love of her life, Edgar “Eddie” Northcutt while attending a square dance. After a whirlwind romance, Peggy’s family grew even larger when they blended their families and married in 1980. They remained faithfully devoted to one another until the time of her death on September 25, 2017. Quickly growing restless in retirement, Peggy and Eddie bought an RV, got hired on with the Army Corps of Engineers and started working as gatekeepers at Corps campgrounds followed by 16 years as gatekeepers at Pier 121 Marina until their second retirement in 2012. Peggy was known for her excellent cooking and baking, was an avid reader especially of science fiction and mystery novels, worked crossword puzzles, was an accomplished seamstress and an expert with a knitting needle or crochet hook. Each new baby in the family received beautiful blankets and clothing made by Peggy’s loving hands. Peggy was fond of making her own sewing patterns and had the rare ability to make expert copies of clothes or craft items she had seen either in person or as a picture in a magazine. Peggy is survived by her husband, Eddie, her children Jacqueline Simmons, Frances Combiths, Jack Northcutt, Robert Simmons, Carol Page, & Patrick Simmons. She is also survived by her Sister, Jaye Badgett, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, her Niece, Jennifer Mueller and Nephew, Kelly “Woody” Badgett. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association ( ) or the Food Pantry at Lone Star Cowboy Church of Ellis County (Etta 469-337-6164 or Donna 469-658-2820).