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Margaret (Peggy) Ann Selby Hook Obituary
MARGARET (PEGGY) ANN SELBY HOOK April 22, 1918 to December 28, 2012 Peggy Hook passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 28, 2012, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Rufus (Bud) Merritt Hook, Jr. Margaret (Peggy) Ann Selby was born April 22, 1918 in Denver, Colorado. The only child to Thomas Selby, a mining engineer, and Margaret (Carman) Selby, a school teacher. Both parents were well educated. Her father a Yale graduate and her mother graduated from the University of Denver. The family eventually moved west to Los Angeles, CA. Peggy graduated from L.A. High School and went on to UCLA where she received her Secondary Teaching Credential. She taught English at Elsinore High School, Redlands Jr. High School and substituted in the Paso Robles School District while her husband, Rufus Hook Jr., was stationed at Camp Roberts during WWII. She and Rufus (Bud) married December 19, 1943. Following the war and the birth of their only child, Christine Margaret Hook, they moved in to the Hook family home in Perris, Ca., where Bud had grown up. Bud's father had passed away and Bud took over his father's auto dealership following his death. Perris was a small town then and Peggy engaged her life with community involvement, raising her daughter and making many many friends. A few of her contributions over the years were - Charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 595, Charter member of Chapter MF of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, girl scout leader and chairman, Charter member of the Perris Valley Republican Woman's Club, President of the Perris City Library Board/ Representative to the County of Riverside Library Advisory Committee and one of the Founders of the Friends of the Library for Perris. Her outreach continued as she branched out to other passions of her community. She served on the County Committee to deter teenage pregnancy, she was a Charter member of the National Council of Negro Women and a member of the Human Relations Council initiated by UCR. As the Perris Valley Historical Museum evolved she became an advocate and participant in the preservation of Perris Valley, being involved with the Beautification Program and Pioneer Family Committee Recognition Program. She was recognized as Senior Citizen of the year by the City of Perris and Office on Aging of Riverside County. These complements are wonderful and rewarding, but more importantly true to her heart of giving. She did not aspire to recognition - just wanted to do good things for her family and help her community. Peggy will be remembered for her loving spirit, humor, and contributions to Perris, society and the lives she touched. She leaves a legacy of lives better lived by her example and influence. She is survived by her daughter Christine Tostenson; son-in-law David Tostenson; nephews David and Scott Van Houten and family, as well as other family connections. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 11:00am at the Congregational Church, 100 N. A Street in Perris, Ca. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peggy's name to the Congregational Church of Perris, The P.E.O. Scholarship Fund, or The Perris Valley Historical Museum.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 20, 2013
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