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Margaret Ellen Counce
Margaret Ellen Counce

Peggy Counce passed away on Sept. 23, 2016 surrounded by loving family with songs and stories in the air.

She leaves her devoted husband of nearly 60 years William Crowe Counce of Williamsburg, VA; her daughters Louise Edsall (of Manassas, VA) and Elizabeth Luther (of Chesapeake, VA) and sons William Counce (of Scottsdale, AZ) and Christopher Counce (of Bozeman, MT).

Peg built a strong family and was “Nana” to eight grandchildren: Connor, Ryan, and Sean Edsall; Joseph, Daniel, and Jean Luther; Christopher Counce; and Calvin Counce. She welcomed each into the world with hand-knit baby sweaters and blankets that reflected her warmth and generosity. She was dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.

Born in St. Louis, MO on March 2, 1930 to William John Twomey and Mary Josephine McCluskey, Peg looked up to older brothers John William Twomey (of Sebring, FL) and James Twomey (deceased). She graduated from Harris Teacher College and earned a Master’s in Education at Washington University, both in St. Louis. She was a member of Pi Kappa Epsilon where she met many treasured friends with whom she remained close well into retirement. She was especially close to June “Junie Babe” Jordan and Mary Pat Mullaney who accompanied her to Europe in 1953.

Adventurous and with a zest for life, Peg taught for a DoD school at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where she met Airman Counce. They were married on December 29, 1956, and set about raising a family. Bill and Peg settled in Forestville, MD and later Vienna, VA, where they opened their home (and carport) to all manner of friends, creating fond memories and tall tales that are retold to this day. They retired to Williamsburg, VA in 2003.

Peg was an Information Specialist at USGS Office of Public Inquiry in Reston, VA, an active member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, and volunteered at Fair Lakes INOVA hospital. Imaginative and intellectually hungry, Peg explored pottery, spinning and knitting, word games, and always appreciated a good pun. With the motto “attitude is everything,” Peg was a joyous singer of Broadway show tunes and avid traveler. She drew on her proud Irish heritage as a source of strength and family traditions that will live on for years to come.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA at 12 p.m. Thursday Sept. 29, 2016. Family will receive friends at the reception in the church common area following the service. Arrangements made by Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of lowers, the family requests donations be made in Peg’s name using code “VA88” in the Area Number box at or send a check with “VA88” in the memo to: Young Life, 173 Mount Pleasant Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322-4156