Peggy Gray Spano, 87, ‘Miss Chesapeake Beach’

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Peggy Gray Spano
Peggy Gray Spano

Our beloved mother, Peggy Gray Spano, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Newport News, Va., after a brief illness. She was born on July 5, 1929, in Washington, D.C.

One of Mom’s favorite stories was about her adoption. On July 30, 1929, the Washington Daily News and the Washington Herald published articles about an abandoned infant, found in the car of a young man at Chesapeake Beach, Md. July 27, 1929.

The man took her to Prince Frederick County hospital, where the nurses called her ‘Miss Chesapeake Beach,’ and then named her Peggy. She was described as a chubby, brunette, three-week-old girl, and the authorities asked that anyone having knowledge of her to please contact the hospital.

No clues to her birth parents were found, and she was adopted and lovingly raised by her new parents who named her Peggy Mae Gray. She described her childhood as wonderful. She graduated from Maryland Park High School in 1946 and had several jobs in the Federal Service, to include the National Weather Bureau, Suitland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Townson and Edna Gray of Capitol Heights, Md., and her husband, Angelo Spano, Tarpon springs, FL.

She is survived by her daughters and son, Joyce Buchanan (Barry) of Yorktown, Va., Patricia White of Newport News, Va., George Carroll of Baltimore, Md., and Debbie Buckley, Yorktown, Va.; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her G.G. She is also survived by numerous cousins, including Peggy McCormack Neidenbach, who was raised with her as a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.