Margaret C. “Peggy” McNally, 85, of Ship Bottom, N.J., and formerly of Chestnut Hill, a retired school nurse, died Oct.20 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mrs. McNally had been a nurse in the School District of Philadelphia and eventually became a nurse supervisor for the Southwest District of the city, retiring in 1986.

She was the widow of Hugh J. McNally, the proprietor of McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill, who died in 2013. The couple moved to Ship Bottom in retirement after spending many summers there.

Mrs. McNally was a graduate of Little Flower High School and the nursing program of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

She was a member of the Amergael (Irish-American) Society, the parish book group and movie club at St Francis of Assisi Church on Long Beach Island, N.J. She was a parish nurse, a Eucharistic Minister, a Third Order Franciscan, and, according to her family, “a tireless advocate for the elderly … devoted to helping others age in place.”

“As her husband welcomed customers at the tavern, Peggy had her own spirit of hospitality and warmth, always ready with a cup of tea and a listening heart for all those who wandered by on Long Beach Island or Evergreen Avenue,” her family said.

She is survived by sons Hugh, John and Colin; daughters Meg and Anne; a brother, Joseph Lawless; a sister, Denise Quigg; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers John, Bernard, Edward and the Rev. George Lawless, O.S.A; and a sister, Sister George Margaret, S.S.J.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct.27. Relatives and friends may call at the church after 9:30 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Food Pantry at stfrancisparishlbi.orgWF

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