Margaret Oxley
1930 - 2020
Egan-Ryan - Northwest Chapel
4661 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH
Oxley, Margaret
Her loving family sadly reports that Margaret "Peggy" C. Oxleypassed away on Sat, May9 at age 90. Born on Apr1, 1930, in Petaluma, CA to the late James C. Stewart and Clara T. (Whiting) Bomboy,she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Joseph H. Oxley, and her brother, Archer W. Stewart. "Nanny" is survived by her children—Linda Oxley, Carolyn Greiner, Joan Willis (Michael), Joseph Oxley (Sheree), James Oxley (Pam), and Laura Oxley; her grandchildren—Emily Hardin (Trey), Alison Pecquet (Michael), Stuart Willis (Sadye), Molly Larkin (Francis), Evan Allison, Zoe Greiner, A.J. Greiner, Ryan Keener (Garrett Felske), Rebecca Hillard (JB), and Victor Brechbill; and her great-grandchildren—Alex Foley, Dawes and Jaiden Hardin, Sophia and Ava Willis, Adrianna and Aubrey Hyden, and newest addition Jane Larkin. Peggy attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in journalism, until she married Joe Oxley. While raising the family and doing volunteer work in schools, Peggy became very interested in working with children. Consequently, she returned to the Ohio State University to earn a B.S. summa cum laude in elementary education in 1973 and then later, an M.A. in Language Arts, Literature, and Reading in 1984. Peggy taught second grade at St. Paul Catholic School in Westerville for her entire 43-year teaching career, not retiring until age 86. She was profoundly fulfilled and passionate about inspiring children to love to read and write, and developing the integrated curricula and culture to immerse her students into literature and poetry. Peggy was a long-time active member of many education and literacy organizations including the National Council of Teachers English (NCTE) (Notable Children's Books chair 1995-96; Excellence in Poetry for Children co-chair 2003-06), and The Literacy Connection (as its longtime President), a teacher support group, and presented frequently at teachers' conferences and in-services. Peggy is a co-author of Reading and Writing, Where It All Begins: Helping your Children at Home (1991), a contributing author to Teaching With Children's Books: Paths to Literature-Based Instruction, and a contributor toBook Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms. She won the 1988 Columbus Diocesan Teacher of the Year Award, the 1990 Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) Outstanding English Language Arts Elementary Educators Award, the 1991 IRA Celebrate Literacy: Exemplary Service in the Promotion of Literacy Award, the 1994 Ohio State University Mary Karrer Award for "outstanding contributions in bringing children and books together," and the 2004 Pi Lambda Theta (Honorary) Citation for outstanding work in Literacy Education for the 21st Century, among others. Peggy loved all things natural—animals and their habitats --and supported the preservation of the natural world. She will be dearly missed by her loving family. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family will hold a private funeral on Thurs, May 14 at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Rd, and burial at Resurrection Cemetery next to her husband. For Peggy's many friends, colleagues, and former students, please to view the funeral services to be posted following the funeral, and to offer condolences. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice in her name.
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from May 11 to May 13, 2020.
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What a wonderful teacher she was. I had the privilege of being in her second grade class and still think of her from time to time, especially when I find a particularly good new book. She certainly loved her students and had a lot of love in her heart. It was a joy to have known her.
Abby Svitana
March 24, 2021
Just thinking about Peggy again today. She made such a huge impact on so many children and teachers. We all miss her amazing smile and ability to connect so personally with everyone.
September 1, 2020
Peggy was part of our bookclub. We are making a donation to have an engraved stone insert in the Main Walkway of the Columbus Park of Roses. The plate will state: In Memory of Peggy Oxley, Friend, Teacher, Lover of Books
Laurie Katz
June 4, 2020
She was one of the best Clintonville Moms. Always warm and welcoming into her home no matter what was going on. I know how hard this will be for Joan and all of her kids and grandkids. I wish them nothing but happy and fond memories to help them get through this difficult time. Her legacy will live on in the lives of so many. May she rest in peace and in the loving arms of her husband.
Janice Bird
May 20, 2020
Hearing that Mrs. Oxley passed away absolutely broke my heart. I am so blessed to have had the privilege to learn from this incredibly inspirational, loving and kind woman. Both of my younger sisters also had her for a second grade teacher and I will never forget how she always remembered me and the grade I was in when I frequently stopped by her classroom to say hello. She always made her students feel special. It takes a very special teacher to make such a lasting impression in such a young child, but I have no doubt she has made lasting impressions in countless former St. Paul students' lives. Just last week, Melissa and I were reading the books we each wrote in your class as one of our final second grade projects. They were not goodbut your positive and encouraging comments were abundant. I will be forever thankful for you and how you instilled such a strong love of reading into your students, especially me. You are so loved and so missed. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Oxley
Megan McCabe
May 14, 2020
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May 13, 2020
My heart is broken.... Mrs. Oxley is the reason I became a teacher. She was a fascinating person, mentor, friend, and inspiration to me and hundreds of others. My life is better because of Mrs. Oxley. Not only did I have the honor and privilege of being her student, but also a coworker at St. Pauls. When I started teaching at St. Pauls in the early 90s, Mrs. Oxley told me, You know Colby, you can call me Peggy. My response was, Oh no I cant! It would be like calling the Pope by his first name in my book!
Being in Mrs. Oxleys class on 1975 also brought two of my most dearest friends into my life, Maureen Ciaciura Goad and Jen Myers (Heller).
Much, much more could be said about what Mrs. Oxley meant to me, but Im using her passing as a renewed passion and dedication to my teaching career.

Colby English
Colby English
May 13, 2020
Mrs. Oxley was my most favorite teacher of all time. She was so very kind and patient! I remember the books she had us create, studying a tree outside the classroom window during each season. She was my second grade teacher in 1990/1991. I had a bike accident the following summer and she brought me a balloon bouquet in a coffee mug! I kept the mug for years and years because it was so special to me that Mrs. Oxley had brought it, to my house! During summer! (Imagine how special that felt to an 8 year old!) Because that was the sweet and caring person she was. My sympathies to her kids, grandkids, great grandkids. Surely you have equally fond memories to carry you through this time. God bless you all!
Karen Rachuba
May 12, 2020
My condolences to Peggy's family. I thought the world of Peggy and enjoyed seeing her at Cover to Cover.
Karen Kerchner
May 12, 2020
As she returned to school in the 70s, Mrs. Oxley somehow managed to study at a card table in her Brevoort living room with rowdy teens, neighborhood kids and the dog racing around her. She was an inspiration to me as one of those teens. Lovely woman and Clintonville Mom who had the sweetest telephone voice and signature sign off. I can still hear her say in her melodious goodbye.
Julie Keckstein
May 12, 2020
So very sorry to hear about Peggy. She was such a wonderful, caring person and teacher. I witnessed her love of teaching children to read first hand and she was so dear to me. We often ate lunch together and she was always fun and upbeat. I never ever saw her upset! She will be so missed- what a legacy she leaves.❤
Lin Santor
May 11, 2020
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