Born in Great Falls Montana, Peggy left for California in her station wagon with three boys and a hundred dollar bill in 1975. She and her second husband Lou, eventually built their home on Foresthill Rd. next to Winn and Joyce Thoma. (Another great Foresthill story for a later time)

I met Peggy when I first came to The Hill. Although most of the time she was a fixture at Grant’s, she worked for a spell at the Valero for Fred Sumrall. Not exactly a people person, she was dependable, smart and honest. Attributes somewhat lacking in our current society. When the Grants came to town and bought the hardware store, Peggy switched employers, where she remained for over thirty years.

We all knew Peggy as the irascible Queen of Grants Plumbing and Hardware. I am sure that there are not too many of us who did not have a run in with her. Blunt to say the least, Peggy was a fountain of information at the Hardware Store. You had a problem; she knew the solution…and where to find what you needed. She would then tell you how to do the job right, because you were probably doing it all wrong.

When Peggy reached retirement age, she moved to Missouri to be closer to family. Lou had passed away several years earlier. As a lesson to all you younger people, Peggy was a heavy smoker who left this world way too soon.

I miss Peggy, a lady who could take it as well as dish it out. A good person, with a good heart. I will always think fondly of her. Loved you Gal.

Submitted by Larry Jordan

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