Margaret Jane Evans "Peg" HARWOOD

News Death Notice

HARWOOD, Margaret "Peg" Jane Evans of Springfield, Ohio passed away peacefully on June 21, 2013 at her daughter's home in Efland, North Carolina. She was 96. Margaret was born on November 29, 1916 the daughter of Walter and Martha Evans of Springfield, Ohio. The youngest of four children she grew up on Stanton Avenue in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School and then attended Nurses training at Middletown Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Ohio. On May 10, 1941 Margaret married John Edward Harwood at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio and shortly thereafter, while her husband served in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Margaret ran the family printing company she and her husband purchased in 1942 from her father-in-law. Margaret was a life-long member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and served as one of the first women Elders, as a Deacon, and a Delegate from the Miami Presbytery to the General Assembly. She also helped in starting and loved working with the Challenge Nursery. Margaret was an actively involved member of the Springfield Art Museum, Young Women's Mission, the Monday Afternoon Club and the Springfield Country Club. She and John enjoyed many goods times with their friends at the Polo Club. The Harwood home was always decorated to the nines for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Memories of the holidays as we gathered around the dining room table or the beautiful Christmas tree in the living room remain in our hearts and minds. Parties with family and friends filled her home with laughter and joy. Margaret knew how to entertain and show gracious hospitality to anyone who came through her door. Margaret's love for nature and sense of adventure defined her. She learned to "love nature and nature's God" through her parents and brother Bree. The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve was a place where she loved to walk and enjoy God's creation. Her father and brother were instrumental in the preservation of this unique fen, for which she was very proud. When not in Springfield, Mullett Lake, Michigan was the place where Margaret was most happy and content. Many years of fun memories were built around her family in that cottage on Mullett Lake. Rides in the forests throughout Cheboygan County and beyond with her children looking for deer, blueberries and the fire tower were summer highlights. Picnics at Lake Michigan always included her specialty cake with caramel icing. She used every opportunity as a teachable moment showing her grandchildren and great grandchildren the simple joys in life. What fun they have had playing sardines, hide-the-shoe-lace and many adventures on the boat with their beloved "Grammy" and "Poppie". Margaret was also "Grammy" to many children through the Sonshine Club led by Pastor Eli Williams and Major Jim Gingrich. She volunteered for the after school program and endeared herself to many of the young people she met. Margaret was a gifted writer and avid reader and a master at crossword puzzles. She would create a poem, story or quip just by observing life and people around her. Her works reflected her faith, love for family, deep inner emotions and a terrific sense of humor!


Published in Springfield News-Sun from June 23 to June 25, 2013