Atascadero native, educator, and community leader

By Hayley Mattson  


Peggy Joyce O’Malley, the wife of former Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley, passed away on April 9 after a two-year battle with cancer. Her family shared that during her final years, she devoted herself to her family, her children, and creating cherished memories with her eight grandchildren.

Peggy and Tom shared 48 years of marriage. She was a true Atascadero native, born at Atascadero Hospital and graduating from Atascadero High School. Throughout her youth, she actively participated in various activities such as Pioneer Girls at Atascadero Gospel Chapel, band, and the flag team, all while demonstrating her creativity in crafting homecoming floats. Peggy furthered her education at Cuesta College and Cal Poly, maintaining ties to the community by attending various local Atascadero churches over the years.


During her professional career, Peggy served as an educator within the Atascadero Unified School District for 25 years. She taught at several school sites, including Carrisa Plains, Creston Elementary School, Santa Rosa Elementary School, and, ultimately, Atascadero Middle School. Renowned for her fervor for literature and her dedication to helping students uncover their true talents, Peggy left an indelible mark on countless young lives.

Peggy and Tom united their passions to establish the Portola Inn, a venture they pursued together with joy. Their shared vision of cultivating a beautiful property for weddings and celebrations reflected their deep connection and commitment to each other and their community.