Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Remembering Lucky Wishbone Restaurant Owner Peggy Brown
Even though the downtown eatery will continue on, employees there say the business will never be the same.
Margaret V. Brown, one of the beloved owners of Lucky Wishbone, a restaurant serving Anchorage for over 55 years, passed away Sunday at the age of 87.
To her loved ones and customers, Margaret was known as Peggy.
Her husband George said she passed comfortably and quietly at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by family.
Peggy battled Parkinson's disease for years.
Peggy takes with her an Alaskan legacy, one that started before statehood and is still carried on by those who remember her.
Located on East 5th Avenue, almost every Alaskan has heard of Lucky Wishbone.
Peggy and her husband George have operated the restaurant together since 1957.
“She was here as a hostess and she just loved people and she worked for about 30, 40 years with me,” said Peggy's husband, George Brown.
George met his partner while she was waiting tables at a Denver restaurant.
For the young pilot, it was love at first sight.
“Man, I was smitten right out, so I left her a half a dollar tip, which was about $20 now in those days,” George said.
On February 15, 1944, George and Peggy were joined as man and wife.
“We were more in love after 30 years than probably even from the start. It was really great,” George recalled.
Patti Brown Heller, the eldest of Peggy's four children, says her mother was not only her best friend, but remembers her as both kind and beautiful.
“When she was first out of high school she worked in a large department store and she was encouraged at that time to go into modeling. She was a quite the beauty as a young women and actually she was beautiful as an older women,” Patti said.
Peggy's winning ways combined with Lucky Wishbone's menu and employees kept customers coming in droves through the door.
One patron fondly remembers when the Browns’ kids would come to the restaurant is diapers.
Although the restaurant will continue on, employees say Lucky Wishbone will never be quite the same.
Peggy's graciousness to her customers and loved ones will be missed.
“I will miss you mamma, I do already, and I'll see you in a blink of an eye,” said Peggy’s daughter Lorelei Brown.
A service for Peggy will be held April 25 at 2 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church at the corner of 8th and F Street with visitation from noon to 2 p.m.