Idaho Falls - Peggy Fink, 65, passed peacefully on June 4th, 2018 in Idaho Falls, after a hard-fought battle with dementia and Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Peggy Fink was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was born on June 24, 1952 to Jessie O'Malley and John O'Malley. Peggy graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1970. In 1972, as a sophomore at Carroll College, Peggy finished fourth in the women's competition of the National Oratory Contest. She graduated Cum Laude from Carroll College in 1974.
In 1980, she married Bartley Fink and moved to California, where she started a family, taught High School English, and also earned a Master's degree in counseling. Bart and Peggy eventually moved back to Montana with their family.
She was an amazing and inspiring teacher and she also coached Speech and Debate. She was presented the Diamond Key Award by the National Forensic League Training Youth for Leadership for directing the efforts of students to earn 1500 points in the pursuit of speech excellence.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Bartley Fink, and her father, John O'Malley,
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Melissa Briggs (Scott) of Idaho Falls; her son, Ryan (Candice) of Ogden, Utah; three precious grandchildren, Stella and Rory Briggs and Brady Fink; her mother, Jessie O'Malley, of Billings, MT; her brother Mike O' Malley (Rhonda Burghardt) of Laurel, MT; her sister, Patty Rice (Ken) of Burke, VA; and her extended family who adored their Aunt Peggy for her kindness, intelligence and wit.
Peggy's memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Havre, Montana. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the St. Jude's Parish Center immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Peggy's honor, donations to Walk to End Alzheimer's https://act.alz.org
you can donate directly to Team Peggy, Melissa Briggs, Team Captain.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com
Published by Great Falls Tribune on Jun. 7, 2018.