WOOSTER – Peggy Ann Hockett (nee Bates) passed away on January 31, 2020 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.
She was born on May 10, 1934 in Doddridge County, West Virginia, to Harold and Velva Bates. Her family later relocated to the Akron area for her father s position at Goodyear. She attended Akron Ellet High School then Otterbein College, and eventually earned two master s degrees. She dedicated her career to education, serving as the elementary science supervisor for Cleveland Public Schools; a children s science program host on WVIZ public television; and principal of Parkman and Huntsburg elementary schools in Geauga County, Ohio. In 1984 she moved to Wooster, Ohio to serve as principal of Beall Avenue Elementary School and then as an administrator with Tri-county Education Center. Education wasn t just a vocation for her – it was a personal passion.
Peggy had a love of reading, gardening, all animals, nature, music and cooking, which she shared with and passed on to her children. She was an independent single parent raising four children the majority of her adulthood. She reconnected with the love of her life and remarried in 1992. She was an active member of St James Episcopal Church, singing in the choir and serving on vestry. In her later years, she loved nothing more than being with close friends and family and her adored pets, enjoying the beauty of the acreage of her property and the variety of wildlife that visited. She was a hero and role model to many, with a tenacious fighting spirit until the very end.
Peggy was preceded in death by her brother Hank and is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband John, her children Mark (Alicia Lancashire) Archacki, Jeff Archacki, Jill (Ron) Munro, Meg (Bob Gardner) Archer and Hannah (Jack Bowersock) Roscoe; and her grandchildren Anna Munro and Alexander Hampton.
There will be an intimate gathering for family at her home, and then a celebration of life at St. James Episcopal Church in Wooster in the spring.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, St. James Episcopal Church in Wooster Ohio, or LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
The Nature Conservancy, St. James Episcopal Church, Wooster or LifeCare Hospice in Wooster
Services will be held in the spring
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