Margaret Mary “Pegi” Young was born on December 1, 1952, and died on January 1, 2019.
She was an American singer, songwriter, environmentalist, educator, and philanthropist.
After marrying Canadian folk-rock musician Neil Young in 1978, Margaret debut as a singer came in 1983 when Margaret was a member of The Pinkettes, the backing vocalists on Margaret husband’s rockabilly Shocking Pinks tour.
In 1994 she made her first nationwide TV appearance at the Academy Awards, singing backup on Neil’s song “Philadelphia”, nominated for an Oscar.
The Young’s performed together at some of their yearly Bridge School Benefit Concerts.
Young joined Margaret then-husband on his 2000 tour as a backup singer.
In 2007, after recording songs in her home studio at the Broken Arrow Ranch, Margaret released her self-titled debut album.
Young followed it with the albums Foul Deeds 2010, and Bracing for Impact 2011.
In 1986, she co-founded the Bridge School, an educational program aimed at serving the needs of children with severe physical and speech impairments.
Young was inspired to create the school based on her experiences with Margaret son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy, a congenital condition that researchers have discovered hereditary factors can predispose an individual to.
For Ben, the condition brought about serious discourse challenges and engine disability.
Margaret and her ex said they looked for instructive establishments custom fitted for youngsters like Ben with physical and learning weaknesses, however, were baffled to locate that none truly existed.
She founded the school with additional help from Jim Forderer, a fellow parent of a child with specialized educational needs, and Dr. Marilyn Buzolich.
She and Neil brought issues to light for their recently established school with their Bridge School Benefit Concert, which ran yearly from 1986 until 2016, acquiring artists, for example, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Jack White and Metallica.
Since 1986, The Bridge School has kept on developing and advance naturally into a globally perceived association.
Graduates from The Bridge School have often returned to their home school districts and continued their education once their rudimentary educational needs were met in the Bridge School’s more specialized setting.
Margaret served in the capacity of Executive Director of the Bridge School for seven years, and as President of the Board of Directors since its inception in 1986 until her death.
Margaret also continued to organize and host the Bridge School Benefit concert every year since its 1986 debut.
Young served on the board of A.R.T.
Masterful Realization Technologies, an association devoted to bringing roads for inventive articulation through craftsmanship into the lives of people with extreme handicaps.
Margaret was on the Advisory Board of the “virtual” AAC-RERC and on the Advisory Council for Lemelson Assistive Technology and Design Center on the campus of Hampshire College.
She served for a long time on the leading group of the Alliance for Technology Access, a grassroots association of 43 network based revolves around the nation serving people with incapacities, went for expanding their autonomy using innovation.
She performed at and hosted Farm Aid with her then-husband Neil in 2007 and in 2012, and, in 2013, began serving on the board of directors of Rainforest Connection, an organization aimed at preventing deforestation by using real-time data collection to maximize the effectiveness of ground enforcement.
She was born Margaret Mary Morton in San Mateo, California, on December 1, 1952, to Thomas and Margaret Jean (Foley) Morton.
She met future husband Neil Young in 1974 when Margaret was working as a waitress at a diner near his ranch, a story he tells in the 1992 song “Unknown Legend”.
They married in August 1978 and had two children, Ben and Amber, in addition to Margaret becoming stepmother to his first child, Zeke.
Both Ben and Zeke are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and Amber with epilepsy.
In July 2014, Neil petitioned for legal separation in California.
She passed away at 66 years old.