1925 ~ 2013
With her family by her side, Margaret Anne Brooks died September 20, 2013.
Peggy was born on June 22, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio to Everett Victor and Emma Myrtle (Kirktown) Emery, beginning a full lifetime of love and adventure. In 1948, she married William Thomas Brooks, her partner in life. They had three children. In 1964, the family moved overseas, beginning a 25-year odyssey in Asian countries including India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Korea, and the Philippines. The 1990s brought retirement to Albuquerque, NM, and then a move to Salt Lake City in 2010.
Peggy graduated with a Masters degree from Northwestern University
, majoring in Romance Languages. Living overseas gave her the opportunity to add new language skills: she was fluent in Thai and Korean.
Peggy was an avid gardener, world-class traveler, and collector of Asian antiques. She participated in charitable community organizations wherever she lived. She was a PEO "Golden Girl", and was the president of her chapter at the time of her death; a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church; and member of the DAR.
Peggy and Bill celebrated 65 years of marriage on September 9, 2013, marking the event with gatherings at the First Presbyterian Church and at their home.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; children Thomas (Anne) and Sarah; brother John Emery, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Barbara (David Jaffee).
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday September 26 at the First Presbyterian Church at 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to PEO Chapter E Scholarship fund, First Presbyterian Church Deacon's fund, or a
She loved us, we loved her, she will be greatly missed.