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Margot L. Woeste, beautiful, elegant, spirited and accomplished; Margot L. Woeste's passing is a great loss to those who knew and loved her. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. After a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease, she died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at her home on July 16. "Peggy", as she was fondly known, was born January 14, 1925. Closest to her heart and always most important to her were her family and friends. She met the love of her life, Bill Woeste, when she was just 14. He preceded her in death in April, 2010. They had a true love affair and would have been married 70 years this past March. Peggy was a "super-sized" soul in a "small-sized" body. She had a quiet, gentle way about her-but don't be fooled, she also had a strong will. She loved deeply and gave generously, filling her family and friends with kindness and beauty. She inspired her children and friend to be better than they thought they could be. Peggy was a "pioneer" of sorts, leading a robust life. She worked early in her life- first as one of the original UDF employees and later as Vice President of Human Resources for Thriftway Supermarkets, hiring and training for their retail stores. After having their first two children at an early age, she and Bill decided to have a "second" family and Peggy then chose to focus on her role as a wife and mother, bringing the same energy, optimism and work ethic that led to her prior successes. Later she started her own business, "Elegance", a jewelry and gift business. Throughout her life, she still found the energy to engage in her favorite hobbies. She was and artist, a ceramist and a gardener. She and her husband Bill always kept their home overflowing with flowers and lovely plants. She loved to dance and swim and was an accomplished diver, diving on the original Cincinnati Coca-Cola Diving Team. She served others with kindness and generosity. She was a member of the Hyde Park Community Methodist Church. Two of her favorite missions were Longview Hospital (a former hospital for the mentally challenged) and The Shriners Hospitals for Children. Peggy loved her four children, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, and took special pride in their accomplishments. She is survived by her daughters Sandy (Bob) Heimann, Jane (Bill) Haman, Cindy (Chris) MacConnell, and her son Bill (Monica) Woeste; her ten grandchildren, Rob, Paige, Douglas, Kathy, Michael, William III, Mac, Samantha, CJ and Maggie; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Albert Shoop and her sisters Marie Moreland and Mae Breadon. Peggy will be missed and remain in our hearts forever. Private services and interment were held at Cedars of Lebanon Chapel- Spring Grove Cemetery, and memorials may be made to the Endowed Chair in the Research of Alzheimer's Disease Fund, C/O UC Foundation, PO Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219-0970.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from July 24 to July 29, 2012