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Annual Happiness Day at Eskaton Monroe Lodge

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 29, 2016 4:12:40 AM

Peggy McDonald left a legacy gift to her Eskaton family

Shirely Mercer, Tristin Benjamin and Kim Rhinehelder at the 2015 Happiness Day.

“Moving into Eskaton Monroe Lodge was the happiest day of her life outside of marrying her husband,” remembers Scott Okamoto, a staff member who was close to Margaret “Peggy” McDonald.

To celebrate the anniversary of this happy occasion, Peggy hosted a party for her Monroe Lodge family every year. Everyone was invited!

There were big smiley faces everywhere. Guests entered the party through a yellow and blue balloon arch. They always sang, “The More We Get Together.”

“She lit up from ear to ear…and was the Queen Bee at these parties,” recalls Scott.

Margaret (Peggy) McDonald smiles at a Happiness Day.Peggy lived modestly and had a sunny outlook on life. She was a fitness enthusiast who had a passion for living a healthy lifestyle.

“Peggy fought fiercely against her physical limitations until the very end of her life! Her contention being that she still had more Happiness Days to plan and organize,” recalls Shirley Mercer, Peggy’s friend and neighbor.

When Peggy passed away in 2012, no one imagined that she would leave a generous gift in her estate to Eskaton Foundation for her Eskaton Monroe family.

Peggy’s legacy continues to this day. Her gift supports a Resident Assistance Fund, a renovated fitness center, and an annual Happiness Day celebration at Monroe Lodge Margaret “Peggy” McDonald smiles in her honor.

Topics: Philanthropy

The Sacramento region is home to Eskaton, a nonprofit senior care provider offering innovative housing, healthcare and social services. Every day thousands of older adults enjoy retirement at our independent senior living communities and receive the care they need through assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, rehabilitation and in-home care programs. With five decades of experience and a national reputation for innovation, Eskaton is Transforming the Aging Experience.