I met Peggy when she I and became interns with the Illinois State Board of Education and we went on to be colleagues with a state agency in Indiana. I not only count Peggy as a dear friend, but she was an inspiration. Her intelligence and drive exceeded that of the most, but it was her compassion and "down-to-earth" comfort with herself that belied the many significant positions to which she rose. It was a distinct honor to be included in her world.
One of the most humorous reflections I have of her is the fact that we could be anywhere in the country, any large city, and somehow she would start a conversation with someone to learn that they, too, came from, or close to, her small rural home town roots. She had the ability to draw anyone into a conversation and more times than not discover some kind of connection.
Even though I haven't had the pleasure of Peggy's company for many years, I will miss having her in this world. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family. I didn't know many of family members, but I know the pride and love she felt for Shawn and Tyler and how important her extended family was to her. The world was a better place because she was in it.