Margaret "Peggy" Herman, 90, of Long Beach, Wash., died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at home.

She was born July 26, 1919, in Astoria, to Joseph and Amanda (Taylor) Hamilton.

On Dec. 13, 1947, she married William "Bill" Herman Sr. of Portland. He survives, residing in Long Beach.

In 1949, the couple settled in Megler, Wash. Mrs. Herman was a wife, mother and homemaker and also worked various jobs. She and her husband purchased the Long Beach Hotel and Tavern, which they operated for several years. Later, they operated several other restaurants until retiring.

Family members said she enjoyed her large family, making afghans and collecting owls and Ty Beanie Babies. She was also an avid bingo player.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Paul Weitzel of Largo, Fla., Dennis Herman of Bellevue, Wash., and William "Bill" Herman Jr. and Ronald Herman, both of Long Beach; three daughters, Barbara Wolf of Nemah, Wash., Patsy Black of Castle Rock, Wash., and Joanie Rekart of Raymond, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren spanning four generations.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Michael Herman.

A graveside service and vault interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Long Fir Cemetery in Long Beach. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach.

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