De CUIR Peggy Jane
August 4, 1923 - June 23, 2012
Peggy Jane De Cuir, age 88, passed away peacefully at home in Bakersfield, California on June 23, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Warren and their son Dennis De Cuir, his wife Dianne and their two daughters, and by their daughter Marion Vargas, her husband Rogelic; and their three children and their five great-grandchildren.
Born Evelyn Jane 'Peggy' Fluke to Heath E. Fluke and Nora Zella Glenn on August 4, 1923 in Crawford, Colorado, she attended elementary schools in Colorado before moving to Sacramento in the eighth grade. There she attended Junior High School, Sacramento High School and Sacramento City College. Peggy met Warren, the love of her life, through a mutual friend in Sacramento. They married on October 11, 1942 in Long Beach, California, where Warren was stationed during World War II. Following the end of the war and Warren's discharge from the Air Force, Peggy and Warren moved to Sacramento where they built homes with the help of Warren's brothers and friends. They shared a love for growing vegetables and raising chickens while South Sacramento was still rural. After working at the DMV and State Personnel Board, Peggy became a full time homemaker dedicated to raising her children and helping out at their school. To help save for their children's college education, Peggy returned to work as a secretary at Freeport Elementary School in Sacramento, where she remained for 21 years and then at the District Summer School Off ice until retirement in 1978 when she and Warren moved Placerville. They built two more homes in Placerville and Peggy especially enjoyed the activities of lay ministry and the community of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, square dancing and china painting. Peggy continued to excel at home making arts and staying in contact with and providing nurturing care for her growing family and family of friends. Throughout her life, she tried always to treat others the way she would have liked to be treated. In 2003, Peggy and Warren moved to Bakersfield where they participated in family, church and community activities and continued to lovingly care for each other as they were confronted with health challenges, inspiring others with their love, dedication and positive outlook on life. Peggy enjoyed the warm and caring environment of the community of friends at Columbus Estates where they resided in recent years.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 6700 21st Avenue (at 65th St) in Sacramento, California with a Catholic Mass of Christian Burial in the mausoleum chapel, followed by a graveside service.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 27, 2012