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Margaret H. "Peggy" Ley

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Margaret H. "Peggy" Ley Obituary
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Margaret "Peggy" Hollinshead Ley, age 72, peacefully passed away on the 18th of March 2011. Peggy was born on the 16th of January 1939 in Elmhurst, Illinois. She was raised in Pennsylvania attending Bethel Park High School near Pittsburgh. Peggy graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. At Bucknell, she was the President of Pi Beta Phi sorority, member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society (political science), Panhellenic Council, Touche literary magazine, Christian Association and the swimming team. Peggy was in the first class of women at Harvard Business School and worked in New York City after graduation. During her studies at Harvard University, she met fellow MBA student Robert Moody Ley. They married in 1961 and moved to Houston, Texas. She worked as an economist for the Southwest Research Institute before graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 1973.
Peggy's life in Houston was filled with many accomplishments, philanthropic passions and contributions that will continue to impact communities and many individual lives. She served on the Board of Houston's Communities in Schools (CIS) for many years. She had a particular interest in helping children and adults with learning differences resulting from dyslexia. She became a Certified Academic Language Therapist through Neuhaus Education Center and taught adult literacy classes there from 1990-1999. Peggy served on the board of the Neuhaus Center for over 20 years and was President of the Board of Trustees from 1996-1999. The Board of Trustees honored her years of dedicated service by making her a Lifetime Trustee in 2009. The Margaret H. Ley Literacy Program provides funding for the adult literacy classes at the Neuhaus Center.
In 2005, Peggy received an Alumni Award from Bucknell University for Service to Humanity for her "exceptional devotion to the good of humankind." She recently endowed Bucknell's first ever Professorship in the Humanities establishing the "Margaret Hollinshead Ley Professorship in Poetry and Creative Writing."
Peggy served as trustee of Landmark College in Vermont, the only accredited college in the United States with a curriculum designed exclusively to provide higher education for students with dyslexia and AD/HD. A member of numerous community organizations including CIS and the Houston Read Commission, Peggy was honored for her work creating programs to deal with school dropouts. She once served as regional Vice President and Secretary of the YMCA of Houston and also served in advisory roles at Rice University and Harvard. Peggy was a member of the Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and she supported Bucknell Women's basketball and with her husband established the Bob and Peggy Ley Scholarship Fund.
Peggy was known for her tremendous warmth and many friendships with those of all ages. She opened her home to foreign exchange students and cherished her life-long close relationships with friends and neighbors from all walks and stages of her life. Known as "Aunt Peggy" to many who looked up to her, she was adored and admired. Peggy inspired and mentored many whose lives she touched.
She had an adventurous spirit with a love for travel and hiking. Peggy reached the first base camp on Mount Everest, hiked to the location of the "Ice Man" in the Alps, and enjoyed many of the trails in Estes Park, CO. Her passion for education continued throughout her life with her love for reading. She was a long time member of the Literatae book group, The Houston Country Club, The Forest Club, and Houston's tbc (the breakfast club). She loved the time spent with family and friends at her home in Carmel, California during the past 10 years.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 35 years, the late Robert M. Ley and his father Wendel D. Ley, and her parents, Earl Darnell Hollinshead, Sr. and Gertrude Cahill Hollinshead.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Earl Darnell Hollinshead, Jr. and Sylvia A. Hollinshead of Bethel Park, PA; her sister and brother-in-law Dr. Ariel Hollinshead Hyun and Hon. Montgomery K. Hyun of Punta Gorda, FL; and nieces and nephews Barbara Hollinshead, William C. Hyun, Kim Hollinshead Burke, Christopher Charles Hyun, Earl Darnell Hollinshead III, and Susan Sharp Hollinshead; multiple great nieces and nephews; her mother-in-law Audrey Moody Ley, of Houston; sisters-in-law Judy Ley Allen of Houston and Diane Ley Espinoza of Paraguay; brother-in-law Stephen W. Ley of Houston, and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Ley and Wilson families of Houston, and her dear friend and companion Roger Eichhorn of Houston.
Her family would like to recognize her longtime personal assistants Betty Paige and Inma Harris for their devotion and care.
KINDLY NOTE THAT THE MEMORIAL RECEPTION IS TO BE HELD TODAY...
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Peggy during a memorial reception from four o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening today, Tuesday, the 22nd of March, in the Grand Foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The family is to gather at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston for a private inurnment at a later date.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that contributions, in her honor, be directed to Neuhaus Education Center, 4433 Bissonnet St., Bellaire, TX, 77401-3233; 713.664.7676.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2011
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