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Eula Peggy Ward, aged 104 died June 28, 2017 at Alpine Fireside Health Center. Peggy was born May 7, 1913, in southern Illinois to Rev. C. E. and Elizabeth Thompson.
Early years of her life well spent were in Iowa and Nebraska. After high school she enrolled in Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Great Depression of the 30s cut short her education. She always regretted not completing college. She was a lifelong learner.
After returning home Peggy met Raymond Ward and married him in 1932. They were married 48 years and lived in Clinton, Iowa.
Her favorite thing to do was travel and church was always a large part of her life. She loved to knit, crochet, paint pictures, play piano/organ and read. If she could, she would swim every day. In fact she was a swim coach at the YMCA for children with disabilities. Her trips overseas to England and Israel had a profound effect on her life.
Peggy claimed that her greatest accomplishment was raising her family. She said she grew so much after parenting a Downs Syndrome child.
As an avid Bible reader and teacher Peggy said that her most personally meaningful verse was Psalms 38:8. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me….
In 2001, Peggy moved to Rockford, Illinois to be close to her daughter. She was beginning to sense some medical problems.
Predeceased by parents, brother and sister-in-law Chester and Ida Thompson, sister Ruth Locknane, daughter Jeanne Ward, grandson Taylor Ward, and son-in-law Gary McLamarrah.
Survived by a sister Jean Winter, siblings: Marilyn McLamarrah, David (Joan) Ward, Paul (Cher) Ward, and John (Linda) Ward. grandchildren: Deborah, Mark, Scott, Judy, Douglas, James, Andrew, Benjamin, Christopher and Stephanie. Six great grandchildren and 4 great, greatgrandchildren.
Funeral services Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1 pm at Church of the Open Door, 816 13th Ave N, Clinton, Iowa with Rev. James Machen officiating. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
For a full obituary and condolences contact: www.honquestfh.com.
Published on July 25, 2017
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