Peggy Luhrs, mother, brilliant feminist, and warrior for peace and justice

On February 22, Peggy Luhrs, fierce, loving, mother, brilliant feminist, and warrior for peace and justice, died from pancreatic cancer just before her 77th birthday, and one month from her diagnosis.

Peggy was born in Los Angeles, raised in the Bronx and Saugerties, the eldest of three sisters. She moved to Vermont in 1969, became active in feminist causes, and came out as a lesbian in 1972.

Peggy was at the forefront of efforts to promote women’s rights, health and safety from the 70’s until her last days.  Furious at injustice, Peggy unflinchingly told the truth about women, lesbians, peace and the environment.  She was a force locally, nationally, and globally.

As loving as she was fierce, Peggy cared deeply for the people in her life, whether long-standing or new friends, she was present for all.  She savored good food, design from architecture to clothing, and interesting film.   She was equally at home in urban settings and the natural world.

Family Information

Peggy is survived by her son Justin, sisters Anne, Lois, and Theresa, soul-mate Chris, and countless friends, colleagues, and sister activists.    We’re thankful to Respite House for giving her peace and comfort during her last days.