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Margaret Faith Hine "Peggy" Gean(1922 - 2013)

Margaret Faith Hine "Peggy" Gean, age 90, passed away peacefully as the sun rose on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Service: A service celebrating Peggy's life begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at First United Methodist Church of Keller, 1025 Johnson Road. Memorials: Memorial contributions may be made to The Friends of Acadia: At www.friendsofacadia.org or by mail to The Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. Peggy was born in Baltimore, Md., on Dec. 30, 1922, to Faith and Tom Hine. When Peggy was 3 years of age her father died. Her family then moved to Cambridge, Mass., where she grew up with her twin brothers, mother and maternal grandparents. Her girlhood summers spent in the Lanman family home on Maine's Mount Desert Island gave her a lifetime of fond memories and a New England treasure to share with her children, children-in-law, and grandchildren. She received her nursing degree from Simmons College in 1944, and married Jim Gean on June 30, 1944. The two had met while Jim was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Jim's Navy service took them to California, and after the war Jim took a job in Michigan, where their first two children, Polly and Mary Faith, were born. Their third child, JT, was born after a subsequent move to New Mexico, and their fourth child, Jack, was born in Texas. In 1956, Jim and Peggy bought land on the north side of Keller, and moved their family into the old farmhouse. Over the next decade, they restored the ranch while raising their children. All the children were active in scouting, school activities, and First Methodist Church of Keller. Peggy returned to nursing in the Intensive Care Unit at Harris Methodist Hospital, where she worked for many years. She was happiest when swimming, taking long hikes followed by tea and popovers on the lawn at Jordan Pond House in Maine, vacationing on Padre Island, and family celebrations that always included a game of Scrabble. Peggy studied art history and design in Tarrant County Junior College's art department, subsequently becoming expert in the art of paper marbling, which became the source of her greatest artistic satisfaction. She shared her knowledge and love of art by teaching marbling classes to children in the Keller schools. Peggy began a new phase in her spiritual journey during the 1970s, which included completing her Walk to Emmaus. Peggy loved exploring the larger realities of her faith and sharing her spiritual discoveries in quiet conversation. In 1986, Peggy and Jim gave First United Methodist Church of Keller the land on which the church built its campus on Johnson Road; they later added to that initial bequest. Peggy's marriage to Jim lasted for over 59 years, until his death in 2003. Through the constant care of her son JT and his wife Janet, and the attention of all her children and friends plus the assistance of her caregivers, Peggy was able to remain in her home for the rest of her life. The family extends gratitude to the caregivers and friends who worked to make Peggy's life at home more comfortable. Survivors: Peggy is survived by her four children and their spouses; her seven grandchildren, Emily, Peter, Katherine, Jonathan, Michelle, Christopher and Nicholas; and great-granddaughter, Aubry Faith.

Published in Star-Telegram on May 26, 2013
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