Peggy Ann Ashdown
December 8, 2021 - July 31, 2019
It was Peggy’s wish for her earthly remains to be scattered to the wind and trees on the acreage of the home she and Bob used to share in Beaver Creek, Minnesota, and she will also be laid to rest with her beloved parents in the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Peggy was born in Monrovia, CA on December 8, 1949 to Jeanne and Philip Siegel. She grew up in a house filled with the love of her parents and her siblings, Terry, Pam and Connie. When Peggy wasn’t running around the neighborhood with her sisters or hopping into the front seat of her brother’s car, Peggy could often be found splashing around in the backyard pool until her skin turned brown and her fingers wrinkled up like raisins. Always on the lookout for adventure, she was a force to be reckoned with when she set her mind on something.
Not one to wait around for life to happen, Peggy started her family at a young age, giving birth to Steve in 1969 and to Jenni in 1973. Peggy and Jeff moved the family to the Wagon Wheel resort in Bruce, South Dakota for a couple of years, where Peggy became a short order cook and served up homemade cinnamon rolls with a side of California style and cut off jean shorts. There was something about the open space and the changing seasons, and Peggy grew fond of the charms of the Midwest before returning to Whittier, California and joining Fan Engineering to work with her family as a bookkeeper and eventually a controller.
When Peggy fell in love with Bob and married him in 1987, they took advantage of their time together by engaging often in two of their favorite hobbies: remodelling houses and taking motorhome trips all over the United States. This wanderlust eventually took Peggy and Bob from the new home of Fan Engineering in Las Vegas, NV to both Minnesota and then South Dakota before they landed in their home in Pahrump, Nevada with their sweet golden dog Buster and loyal ginger cat Marmaduke.
In their new home, Peggy got to spend more time with those she loved, sewing with and for her granddaughters, welcoming new members into her family with open arms, enjoying special overnight visits with so many, and, let’s face it, cooking and baking something special for each and every one of us. It was her joy to share herself through her many crafts of sewing, quilting, crocheting, cooking and baking.
In the evenings in Pahrump, Peggy loved to sit in the backyard spa with Bob, enjoying the quiet, dark desert sky, sprinkled with stars. But don’t be mistaken; she also loved the loud pop and dazzling spark of fireworks filling that same sky with a riot of color. She was the first one on the dance floor and the last one off and she lived life on her own terms.