Peggy was born Sept. 18, 1931 to Albert and Margaret (McCullough) Blinkhorne in Mahanoy City, PA and grew up during the Great Depression. She survived a near fatal illness as a young child and a battle with tuberculosis (which took her father’s life) lasting over a year while in high school. After meeting at work in a government office in the Harrisburg, PA area, she and Paul were married in 1952 and accepted a job transfer to St. Louis in 1954. She left her job to stay home with her children while they were young. She always enjoyed and was good at working with children so when her youngest child started school she became one of the original teachers at HopeMark Preschool where she worked until retiring. In 1975 she was honored in a ceremony in Washington, DC for being the first person ever to earn the Child Development Associate credential. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority since 1957. She was an active church member (first at Hope United Church of Christ and in recent decades Eden United Church of Christ) where she worked in the kitchen, baked for and worked at bake sales, was active in Women’s Fellowship and taught Sunday School. She was very resilient and even when faced with great adversity remained strong and positive. Always a very kind and generous person, she spent a lot of time volunteering and continued doing so until she was almost 90 years old. She liked to travel and visited all 50 states. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss her greatly but have many good memories of their time with her.
Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL 10151 Gravois Rd Tuesday, June 28, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral service at Kutis Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks. In lieu of flowers, donations to Eden United Church of Christ, 8920 Eden Ave (63123) are appreciated.