Margaret “Peggy” Melville Guyett passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 5th, 2021. On April 5th, 1935, Peggy was born to Arthur and Nellie Melville, both immigrants from Scotland and their daughter, Anne. Peggy often told stories of her childhood, spending time at Fort Washington Golf Club where her father was a Pro, going on vacation to Santa Cruz during summers, and performing as a Fresno High School pep girl, later entertaining her children with cheers in the living room.
On May 27, 1962, she married the love of her life Everett Ray Guyett of Reedley who preceded her in death by eighteen years. She and Everett had two children, Evan and Robin. In 1978, she and Everett purchased the Sears Catalog franchise and they moved their family from Fresno to Oakhurst to begin a new life in the mountains. After selling the store, she enjoyed a few different part-time jobs in the Oakhurst area, from the gift shop at the Tenaya, to hostess at Ducey’s on the Lake, and finally in the office at Sierra Ambulance. During her time at Ducey’s, Everett was a captain on the Bass Lake Queen and she loved to go onto the patio and wave to him down below on the lake.
Peggy was known for her energy, love of life, and her genuine interest in the people she encountered. She greeted everyone with a smile and made all feel welcome and appreciated. Peggy knew no strangers, and in turn was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Peggy’s greatest joy was her family; she loved spending time with her three grandchildren, Sierra Sheehan and August and Bryanna Dormer, as well as her great-grandchildren Cade and Dex Cardwell. She never missed an opportunity to attend any event her “grandies” were involved in.
Peggy was a devoted member of Christ Church Anglican of Oakhurst, where the members of the congregation became a second family to her. Her faith was genuine, and she cherished the friendships she made during her forty years of attendance. When she returned to Fresno in 2018 she resumed her membership at Saint Columba’s where she had attended during the early years of her marriage.
Peggy is survived by her children Evan Guyett and Robin Guyett Dormer, their spouses Raylene Cardwell and Craig Dormer respectively; grandchildren Sierra Sheehan, August Dormer, Bryanna Dormer, and Robyn Cardwell; and great-grandchildren Cade and Dex Cardwell. She is also survived by her sister Anne Herogian and many nieces and nephews who lovingly called her “Sugar.”
The family would like to offer their sincere gratitude to Father Gordon Kamai, and the staff at Hinds Hospice and Nazareth House and a special thanks to Jackie Monge and Mary Mills for the loving care she received.
It is Peggy’s wish that any donations made in her memory are to be given to a charity of one’s own choice.
Peggy’s Celebration of Life will be held on August 6th, 2021, at 10 a.m., Saint Columba Church, 5073 North Palm Avenue, Fresno, CA.