Peggy Joan Newman


Peggy Joan Newman was born to Elsie and Ray Hoyt on December 26, 1928 in Tom’s River, New Jersey, and was joined by her sister and life-long friend Nancy three years later. She inherited her parents’ love of animals, reading and care for family. Her passion for learning led to a Bachelors degree from Radcliffe, a Masters degree in Education from Lesley College, and a career in early childhood education. She considered human dignity sacred, and as a first-grade teacher she nurtured the hearts and souls of her students, as well as their minds.

In Boston, she raised her children (David, Paul, and Nancy Ellen) in the spirit of adventure and social justice, bringing them on camping expeditions to New Hampshire, urban political canvassing, and annual lilac-season picnics at the Arnold Arboretum. She was affectionately called “Bamma” by her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She loved family reunions.

Peggy was famous for her delicious apple pie that she made consistently for 60 years, and generously shared with everyone she knew. Her loyalty to the Boston Red Sox began during the Impossible Dream in 1967 and never waned, even after moving to New Mexico in 2001. She was an avid gardener, and for many years enjoyed selling her produce at the Socorro Farmers Market. She lovingly served Socorro’s home-insecure population at Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor. Peggy made friends everywhere she went, and faithfully maintained connection to her large network of friends.

Peggy was a life-long seeker of truth. In 1984 her spiritual journey led her to Ishwar Puri, who became her spiritual guide and beloved friend for the rest of her life. Her community of fellow seekers were family to her, and their gatherings brought her great joy and peace.

In place of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a donation to Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor in Socorro (https://, an organization dear to Peggy’s heart.

In keeping with her caring nature, Peggy has willed her body to the University of New Mexico’s medical school.