Marjorie “Peggy” Swasey Hannan, 85, of Hendersonville, NC, died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2008.
Born in New Canaan, CT, she was the daughter of the late Carlton and Dorothy Tuttle Swasey. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Hockenberger.
She was a graduate of Julliard School of Music and subsequently studied with Claude Frank and Peter Serkin. She taught at Greenwich Academy for Girls for a number of years, teaching piano and mentoring many students who were invited to perform internationally. During the Reagan Administration, she was honored to be asked to perform at the White House by President and Mrs. Reagan and also performed in Europe. She was a former member of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors and remained a loyal supporter and generous contributor.
She served as an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church and was active with the Presbyterian Women’s Group.
She became Carolina Chamber Singers’ accompanist in 1987 under the Director Beverly Ward. She remained with the group until her retirement, January, 2003.
She remained active with the Parlour Players, performed in the Community, joined with Lynn Kitts in a piano duo, performing over the years four-hand compositions at Blue Ridge Community College as fund raisers for the Music Department at the College. She continued to give private piano lessons until a few weeks ago. Friday was Peggy and her husband’s time to volunteer at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Raymond Hannan of Hendersonville; two daughters, Carol Hannan Lorenc, and husband, Richard, of St. Augustine, FL, and Dorothy (Dorrie) Hannan Estribou and her husband, Gene, of Vancouver, WA; her brother, Bill Swasey, of Daytona, FL; four grandchildren, James, Scott, Jesse and Christina; four great-grandchildren, Karlee, Jake, Zoe and Lexie; niece, Debbie Hannan Mitchell and her husband, John, and nephews, Rick, Bill and Jeff Hannan.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Mark Stanley and CLP Joe Gernoske will officiate. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
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