Irene "(Peggy)" (Hughes) Clough (1921 - 2013)

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Irene (Peggy ) Hughes Clough

Peggy Clough passed away Thursday, December 5 at the Pioneer Home in Palmer, Alaska, where she had been residing for the last 18 months.

Peggy was born in Corning, California, on October 17, 1921 to Fannye (Arbogast) and Luther Hughes, the youngest of five children. Her father passed away when she was only 4, and she remained close to her older siblings throughout their lives. She graduated from Corning Union High School in 1939 and from the University of California at Berkley in 1943 with a degree in economics and political science. She worked briefly at the Benicia Arsenal during the war and then upon college graduation joined the Marine Corps. She was trained as a projectionist and, as she always said, "I entertained the troops," operating a movie theatre at the base at Quantico, VA. until the end of the war.

She returned to California and was employed by Macy's Department Store in San Francisco as an executive, where she met a young Coast Guard officer, Albert Harley Clough, through a friend. They married in 1948 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May of 2013. She traveled with Harley to Illinois, Connecticut and back to California before coming to Juneau in 1954.

Her grandparents had traveled to Alaska during the gold rush and told stories of their adventures. Her high school year book prophesized that she would marry a trapper and live in Alaska. Well, the last part came true. After three years in Alaska, the family moved to South Carolina, Maryland, and California before returning to Juneau permanently in 1964. In 1967 she moved to the big yellow house on Goldbelt Avenue which has remained the family home ever since.

Peggy was active in the Rainbow Girls, and the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Girl Scout leader. She worked for many years as an Election worker, and was also a member of the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. She spent many hours bowling in multiple leagues, and continued to bowl until her knees gave out as she entered her 80's.

After raising her family, she traveled extensively. She visited all fifty states, mostly with her husband, and traveled abroad with her older sister, and also with friends, seeing England, France, Switzerland, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and also took a cruise through the Panama Canal.

Peggy loved ice-skating, which she took up in college. She loved to fish, and was always happy to have a line in the water from whatever boat the family had. She loved baseball, which she played in high school, and was always a loyal Mariner's fan. She had a great sense of humor, which continued throughout her life. Even as strokes robbed her of many of her abilities, she still loved a good story and would laugh at a joke. Music brought her great solace in the last years of her life.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Harley, their three children, Helen (Rollin Young), Laurie (Cam Byrnes), and Al (Jeffra), her nephew, John (Marian), her grandson Forrest, her granddaughter, Wendy Byrnes, her great-niece, Megan Felts (Brandon), all of Juneau, and her grandson, Gordon Byrnes, of Berkeley, CA. She is also survived by nieces Florence (Jack) Montague, Patty Beauparlant and nephews Tom Hamon and Wes (Fran) Cummins.

A Celebration of Peggy's life will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church at 2 PM. Please do not send flowers, but come and share stories and music with the family. Donations in Peggy's honor can be made to the Douglas Community United Methodist Church.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Dec. 27, 2013
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