Margaret Jane (Peggy) Bivens. Courtesy photo
Margaret Jane (Peggy) Bivens. Courtesy photo

Margaret Jane (Peggy) Bivens passed away on July 15 at her Dana Point home of 44 years.

Peggy was born on May 21, 1935 in Los Angeles, and raised in Inglewood, California, the daughter of Charles Lane and Therese McCann Guthrie. She married Jack Bivens (1934-2005) in 1955. They made their home in Redondo Beach and then Torrance where they raised four children: Martin Lane, Matthew Wayne, William Michael and Molly Jane Bivens (now Paulinski). The family relocated to Dana Point in 1970.

Peggy became a legal secretary and was a fixture in the law offices of Matthew E. Neale for 20 years.

A devout Christian, Peggy retired in 2000. She is survived by her four children, and four grandchildren: April Renee Bivens, Sara Jane Paulinski, Shawna Layne Paulinski and Shannon Marie Bivens; two sisters: Kathy Zeutzius of Orange, and Mary Jo Billups of Rancho Santa Margarita, son-in-law Mark Paulinski and daughter-in-law Heather Bivens, both of Menifee.

A memorial service will be held in Dana Point on Aug. 3 for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.ord) or the American Cancer Society.

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