48. 1421 27th Street

1421 27th Street, NW
Photo by Bob Rives

Daisy Peebles Sewell

Daisy Peebles Sewell
September 20, 1920 – January 13, 2018

Born May 10, 1920, Daisy Peebles, the only child of Frank and Ethel Peebles, spent her lifetime living in Georgetown in the home purchased by her grandparents, George and Marion Kent in 1911. Her grandfather owned a confectionary store where cakes made by her mother were sold. Daisy Peebles attended Philips Steven Brigs Summer-Magruder Elementary and Francis Junior High.  A proud 1938 graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington DC, she was employed at the Department of Navy for a short period during WWII. Afterwards she worked for Woodward and Lothrop and Garfinckel’s Department Stores as an elevator operator.  During her marriage to Benjamin Sewell, a son, Peebles Gregory “Peep/Chris” Sewel was born. In her later years she worked in the Customer Service Division of Industrial Bank of Washington from 1962 – 1993.  Daisy often sat in the back pew of her beloved St Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Foggy Bottom, where she was a member for over 75 years and Secretary of the Church School so she could observe what everyone was doing.  “Mrs. Daisy”, as she was affectionately called, was a “proper lady: eloquent, prim, never leaving the house without her high heel shoes, but fought everyone hard when she had to give up driving her 1987 car.