Peggy Farrell

June 2, 1932 - August 29, 2021
Peggy Farrell

Peggy Farrell, award winning and iconic costume designer, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at her home in Wilmington, NC. She was 89 years old.

Peggy was born on June 2, 1932, in New York City. She leaves behind her son Daniel Holmgren of Mesa, AZ and daughter Susan Linderman of Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter Patricia Ann Lynch, of South Hampton, NY. Peggy also had four granddaughters (Stephanie, Savanah, Michaela, and Alexa), two grandsons (Danny and Michael), and fourteen great grandchildren. Needless to say, she definitely had her quiver full of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived a wonderful and full life.

Peggy started her career as a seamstress working for her mother Agnes Farrell, who was a wardrobe supervisor on Broadway. Agnes took her under her wing and taught her everything she knew. Peggy then worked her way up in television and film as a costume designer. She went on to be an Emmy award winner in costume design, winning two Emmy’s for the ABC mini-series “Holocaust” and “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”. She created a life and career for herself that surpasses few others, designing costumes in 44 films and many TV productions. She was a legend in her industry. Peggy once said of herself, “On some levels my work hasn’t been about costume, but about character and story.”

Eventually she opened her own costume shop, Farrell’s Costumes, Ltd., in New York which grew to over 30,000 square feet of costumes dating from the 19th century. She moved this highly successful business from New York to Port City in 1991. She rented costumes to film and TV productions all over the country and donated them to local productions in her community. She loved being involved in community work, and helped for years with the Wilmington Theater, receiving the Lela Thompson Award for Enduring Contribution to Wilmington Theater in 2018. Peggy loved to read and study, especially books about history. She even went back to school and took writing classes in her 80s.

Several close family and friends were with her when she passed. They were so thankful that they were able to be with her as she transitioned from this life to the next. She had a wonderful caregiver team that she was so grateful for, who provided excellent care to her in the latter part of her life.

Peggy was an incredible woman. She was bold and courageous. Her creative flair could not compare. Her honesty was frightening, but most people loved it; because they always knew where they stood with her. She was a very hard worker and there was a fearlessness about her. She was a woman of character and an example to many. Peggy was non-judgmental and accepted people for who they were. She had a way of challenging people to think outside the box. She mentored many people in her industry and helped them achieve their dreams. She was very free with her knowledge and was not afraid to give it away. It always brought her joy to see others succeed. Peggy will be missed by so many.

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  • October 13, 2021
    Michele Garcia-Hernandez says:
    Hello, I am sorry to bother you. My name is Michele, I am a nurse and I had the honor of attending an Estate Sale at Ms. Peggy's beautiful home. I purchased a large blue suitcase for one of my patients. When we were getting ready to pack the suitcase I found a wallet that was in a hidden area. In the wallet is a birth certificate, a small black and white picture of a woman and a little girl and another picture of two young people named Danny and Heather from 2003. I tried to find the name of the company that ran the sale but was unable. I would like to get these items returned to the family. Ms. Peggy seemed like a wonderful lady. Thank you for your time.

  • October 14, 2021
    John Fleming says:
    I met Peggy around 1995 when I taught a creative writing course at the Wilmington Community Arts Center. She was working on a novel based loosely on her own childhood. I'll remember her as a warm, smart, talented person with a wonderful sense of character and humor. I greatly enjoyed our many long discussions about her novel. My wife and i visited her at her home a couple of times, and she brought us to her mind-blowing costume shop where I could have spent days. We kept in touch for a few years after I moved to California in 1997, and she continued to send me chapters of her novel. I hope she finished it! I don't think anyone who met Peggy can forget her. She'll be missed, but her costumes and designs and the warmth of her character will stay with us for many years to come. My best to her family.

  • November 08, 2021
    Savanah Holmgren says:
    To Michele Hernandez- Peggy’s granddaughter here. I believe my father was in that picture or my brother (both are named Dan(ny). If you would like to send the items you found back to us that would be so very thoughtful. You can email me at [email protected], and we can talk there:) thank you again for bringing this to our attention! All the best, Savanah Holmgren Black.