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STRUTHERS - Margaret “Peggy” Lucille Zappa Higgins, 76, died Friday morning, April 14, 2017, at her home, with her family at her side.

Margaret, affectionately known as Peggy, was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Farrell, Pa., a daughter of the late Thomas and Rose (Ricciardi) Zappa.

In 1947, Peggy and her family came to Struthers to make their home. She graduated from Struthers High School, the class of 1958, and retired as a secretary for the Struthers Board of Education in 2003, after 30 years of service.

Peggy was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers, met regularly for 59 years with her high school classmates’ Girls Club and was a member of the Red Hats Society.

In her spare time, Peggy loved painting, crafting, traveling and trips to the casinos. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Peggy’s happiest moments were when she was with her family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, William J. Higgins, whom she married almost 59 years ago, on June 27, 1959; one daughter, Kim Higgins Eggleston of Atlanta; three sons, William “Bebe” Higgins of Columbus; Bryan (Michele) Higgins of Poland and Michael (Jeanette) Higgins of Atlanta; two sisters, Dolores (Victor) Wereb of New Middletown and Loretta (Richard) Homick of Loganville, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Megan (David) Boggs, Lorrin Higgins, Bryan Higgins Jr., Will Higgins IV, Jason Higgins, Robby Higgins and Lucy Higgins; and her beloved dog, Hobo.

Friends will be received Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home.

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, as Peggy’s wish was always to donate her body to NEOMED for educational purposes and research into Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Contributions may be made to CurePSP at

The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their incredible support.

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“Bill, So sorry to read of Peggy's passing. My prayers are for you and your family. Kate”

 » Kate (Laczo) McNeal on April 16, 2017

My sincere sympathy

“Bill, Bryan, and Family I am sorry to hear about Peggy. What a great lady. I know you will all miss her. You have lost a special person and my prayers are with you. Struthers has lost a wonderful lady we will all miss her. Work will keep me from paying my respects but I hope to attend the memorial mass, just know I am thinking about you all. Tina”

 » Tina Morell on April 17, 2017

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