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MARGARET ELIZABETH (PEGGY MAGGIE) KERR Born June 22, 1930. Father Donald Kerr and Mother Margaret Ann McLardy Kerr from Isle of Aaran, Scotland. Now both deceased. Donald had won first place at the dog trials and at the same time met Stanley Coffin of Coffin Brothers Sheep Company of Yakima who per- suaded young Donald to come to American and Yakima to herd sheep. In 1927 at the age of 36 he returned to Scotland and married Margaret Ann McLardy on February 9, 1927. They returned to Yakima. A daughter Margaret Elizabeth was born. A short time later the family moved to Benton City. Donald and his famous Border Collies were still minding large bands of sheep. The family continued to live in Benton City. In later years Donald lost his wife and moved to Yakima with his son. While sheep was in his care in Northern Washington near Colville Indian Reservation he made friends with Chief Peter Dan Moses. He would call on Donald if he had the need for veterinary help. Donald was very smart when it came to taking care of sheep. A little saying Donald's wife used to say, "This night I lay me down to sleep beside a band of Coffin's sheep and if thy go before I wake I hope to God their necks they'll break." On October 12, 1930 at four months Margaret received her Christian Baptism in the First Presbyterian Church of Yakima. The early part of October 1937 Margaret Ann had some serious health problems. She took Margaret Elizabeth 6, son Peter Donald 5, and the Grandfather Peter M Kerr back to Isle of Aaran, Scotland. Margaret's sister Cate who lived in Dearborn Michigan and whose husband worked for Henry Ford were very helpful. After telling Henry Ford of Margaret's situation, he got on the phone to the head of the railroad that passed through Kiona, WA and arranged to have the family picked up on the way to New York. Young Donald especially remembers the seasoned Conductor to this day who told him "you must be mighty important people cause in over 30 years of working for this railroad we ain't never stopped in Kiona." Margaret attended 2nd grade and young Peter 1st grade in Scotland. Margaret attended grade school in Kiona-Benton. She was a member of the 4H Victory Club through high school. Showing her Aberdeen Angus at fairs and wining many Grand Champion Ribbons. After high school she worked for Earl Moore Veterinary. She was secretary to H.R. Simonsen, Superintendent of Kiona-Benton Schools. She also worked at Hanford on what was known as the animal farm for General Electric Company. Margaret attended Central Washington College of Education in Ellensburg from 1953-1957. She majored in music and violin. She began her teaching career in Benton City September 1959 to 1961. She taught school at the US Army Base in Ansbach, Germany. Then teaching at Warden Public School. Later moving to Riverside, CA where she taught 1st grade at Longfellow Elementary for thirty years until retirement in 1992 at age 62. After retirement she volunteered at Riverside Sheriff's Department for 8 years. She was a volunteer and strong supporter of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and a member of RMA Riverside Museum Associates. She traveled to some 48 countries always visiting the school systems. She was a certified scuba diver, vocalist and violinist. She was one amazing woman! She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother Peter Donald Kerr (wife, Princess Verlene Apple Kerr). Nephews Donald L. Kerr of Yakima and Michael Kerr and son Kaleb of Spokane. Cousin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harris (Cathie) of Chelan and many cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. She passed away at Meridian Gardens in Riverside Ca. on January 21, 2018. At her request there will be no service. Special thanks to friends Betze & Dennis Snead and Karen and Dick Lemunyan. Memorials may be made to Cambridge Hospice, 9229 Utica Ave Suite 100 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 who also gave amazing care. "Sis, may God watch over you and your two Westies on your final voyage at sea" Love, your brother Pete.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 15, 2018
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