After moving to Missouri in 1944, Peggy attended Hemphill Elementary and Caruth Schools until their consolidation with Senath in 1958. She graduated from Senath High School in 1959. Like so many in our area, Peggy grew up working in the cotton fields with her family. She was employed at the Presnell Hospital and at DAEOC before starting her 38 year career with the U.S. Postal Service. She became the Deering Postmaster in 1979 and held that position until her retirement last year.
Peggy passionately believed that we are all created equal, regardless of race, religion, class or creed and her life was an abundant demonstration of this. She cheerfully shared her kind heart and sympathetic nature with the community she loved; especially all the Delta C-7 school kids she saw everyday. Coming from a farm family, she also felt a bond with the migrant workers who visited her post office and was proud to assist them in sending money home to help their families have a better life.
Survivors include her husband, Alton McDonald, of Tacoma; two daughters, Shelly McDonald (Craig Awmiller), of Tacoma and Sheila McDonald (Scott Rozelle), of Spokane, Wash., and siblings, O.K. Hulse, and Charles Hulse and wife, Martha, all of Kennett and Veda Cherneski and husband, Bill, of Gulfport, Miss. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wallace Jones (Fern Botsch) and beloved nephew Lonnie Jones (Lura).
The Tuell-McKee Funeral Home in Tacoma coordinated her Nov. 10 services. Pallbearers were Craig Awmiller, Maralise Hood, Richard Kirk, Charles McManus, Evan Purcell and Amy Ruble. Honorary pallbearers were Julio Quan, Tobin Gilbert and State Representatives John McCoy and Dennis Flannigan.
A special service for area family and friends is planned for Memorial Day weekend at the Deering Methodist Church. Everyone is invited and the family would welcome sharing of stories and pictures. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peggy's name to All As One, P.O. Box 4903, Spanaway, WA. 98387, 253-846-0815, www.allasone.org. All As One supports an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa.