She took a look back at the life and presidency of her former boss, President Ronald Reagan, in the biography When Character Was King.
Since 2000, Noonan has written a weekly column, “Declarations,” for the Wall Street Journal.
She rose quickly to become the editorial and public affairs director.
At first she was assigned to write speeches for minor occasions for both the President and First Lady, and went four months without ever meeting the President himself.
The turning point came when she wrote remarks for the President to deliver at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.
The Noonan family moved more than once when Peggy was growing up, first to Massapequa, Long Island, then to Rutherford, New Jersey, where she graduated from Rutherford High School.
She stayed in Rutherford to work her way through Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she majored in English literature.
Peggy Noonan had become an enthusiastic supporter of the new president, Ronald Reagan, and wanted more than anything to work in his administration.
Through an editor at the conservative journal , she was introduced to the head of the White House speechwriting department, and early in 1984 she went to work in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House.
Her father was a furniture salesman, and with so many children to raise, the family budget allowed for few luxuries. Fiction and poetry fed her love of language and narrative, and she won praise from her teachers for her first efforts at writing verse.
Like many Irish American families, the Noonans took special pride in the election of John F. Young Peggy followed the news closely, and sometimes stayed up late into the night reading.
She followed it in 1994 with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, a collection of personal reflections on motherhood, the contemporary political scene and her own search for a deeper experience of her Christian faith.
In her book Simply Speaking, she shared her expertise in speechwriting and public speaking.
The remarks were so well received that after she met the President for the first time on his return from Europe, he singled her out for praise.