Brayer, Margaret Helen (Peggy)
Margaret Helen (Peggy) Brayer, 93 passed away January, 13, 2014, at her home in Palm Desert, Calif. Born and raised on a farm near Marshfield, Wis., to John and Mary Brayer on July 22, 1920. Attended local rural school and first in family to graduate from Marshfield High, class of '38. On graduation day, she was hired in town as salesgirl for Kohl's style shop. October of '39 she boarded a greyhound bus to start a new job and life in Beverly Hills, California. She was then hired at the famous Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles, where she met and married Raymond Jilka. During the war, she chose to follow Ray to the various camps at which time her son Richard was born. Then in '43 her daughter, Marianne was born. Eleven years later living in Toledo Ohio, her son Jeffery was born.
She divorced in 1959 and soon after returned to California where she obtained a California Real Estate License and began selling real estate. In 1972, she bought a lot in the newly established Palm Desert Greens Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Five years later she decided to make Palm Desert her permanent residence. She sold real estate exclusively in PDGCC until semi retirement at age 91. She kept busy with social events, golf and entertaining.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Jilka and Jeffery Jilka, daughter, Marianne Jilka Stevens,4 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Brayer, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; sister, Dorothy Baumer, Lake Havasu City Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.
Private Memorial services to be conducted by Trident Society.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Jan. 31, 2014