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Peggy Hards passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at her home in Midland, Texas, following a six-month battle with brain cancer, at the age of 61.
Peggy Joan Corbett, the youngest daughter of Bill and Helen Corbett, was born July 30, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Her father served honorably in both the US Navy and Army, so, before her 18th birthday, Peggy's family had been stationed in Minnesota (Minneapolis), Japan (Yokohama), Washington State (Lynnwood, Seattle, and Fort Lewis), Georgia (Columbus), Virginia (Hampton), and France (Orleans) before making their permanent home in Lynnwood in 1968.
She graduated from Meadowdale High School in 1969 and earned a two-year degree at Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle. While at LBI, she met Bob Hards, and the two were married on August 2, 1981, in Seattle.
True to her nature, Peggy willingly worked a number of jobs as the couple moved from Washington to Oregon and Texas (in 1991), each stop following Bob's broadcasting career. Before marriage, she had been employed at the US Attorney's Office in Seattle, and most of her subsequent jobs were in the public service and health fields, including St. Peter Hospital (Olympia, WA), St. Charles Medical Center (Bend, OR), Valley West Health Care (Eugene, OR), the Texas Department of Health, Prevent Blindness Texas, Texas Health Steps, and United Blood Services.
Most recently, she had been a bus driver for Snohomish County's Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) and for Washington Oakes Retirement Community. While the words "Peggy" and "bus driver" might seem to be a strange combination, she loved the job and the people (passengers and co-workers alike).
During that time (2007 through early 2012), she had returned to Lynnwood to care for her mother, Helen, who had undergone heart surgery. Their time together would be one of the great blessings of Peggy's life.
A card accompanying flowers she received shortly before her passing is, perhaps, the most fitting tribute to the person she was. It read: "You will never know how much you touched our lives to make us better people. Thank you for all your love. You are truly a special person. We love you."
Peggy is survived by her husband, Bob, of Midland, Texas; sisters, Donna (Mike) Clark of Warren, Michigan, and Carol Westover of Montclair, Virginia; nephews, Bob, David, Michael, and Matthew; nieces, Beth and Stephanie; and twelve grandnieces; and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are through Ellis Funeral Home in Texas and condolences may be left at Ellis' web site (www.ellisfunerals.com).
Peggy's final resting place will be Floral Hills Cemetery in Lynnwood, Washington, next to her parents, who preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Scott Seator Foundation (honoring a dear friend who also passed after a battle with cancer), c/o 5514 Champions Drive, Midland, TX, 79706.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Oct. 14, 2012