Peggy Williams obit

Peggy Williams

Peggy died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colorado June 10 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Peggy Elaine Hawks to John W. Hawks and Clara Mae (Russell) Hawks on December 18, 1945 in Montrose, Colorado.

Peggy grew up with four older brothers and a younger sister on a sheep ranch. They spent summers in Dry Creek with the sheep and were “like a bunch of wild little Indians” she liked to say. On February 9, 1963 she married Gary Ray Williams in Montrose and they made their home here. She was one of the first women truck drivers when it was completely male dominated, and she had some wild stories to tell about it. Her ability to grow things was a point of pride and she always had flowers, vegetables and a large variety of houseplants. Peggy was an avid reader, sometimes writer and had strong opinions on politics. She was blessed to have a few horses that she loved and a couple of beloved dogs, but she rarely passed by any critter without giving a scratch and a kind word.

In more recent years she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Peggy also spent time strengthening her faith in the Lord and receiving her Temple endowment and being sealed to her husband.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and brother David Hawks, and tragically by her granddaughter Cara Raelyn Distel. She is survived by her daughters, Judy (John) Distel, Jody (Daren) Boyd and Lynn (Mark) lngle all of Montrose. Six grandchildren; Tyler (Leann) Distel of Montrose, Brad (Rebekah) Boyd of Bronx, NY, Jordin (Ashley) Boyd of Highlands Ranch, CO, Dustin (Kimball) Boyd of San Marcos, California, Chelsey (Luke) Schlaefer of Montrose and Todd (Taylor) Woods of Montrose. Fourteen great grandchildren with the 15th on the way; Aviel, Eliana, Aidan, Amalie and Elijah Boyd; Hannah and Molly Distel; Pailey, Porter and Paycen Boyd, Tucker. Clara and baby Boyd; and Skylar Woods. She is survived by three brothers Levi (Susan), John (Debbie) and Delbert (Janie) Hawks and sister Patsy (Lanny) Denham as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The service will be facilitated by Crippin Funeral Home at the LDS Stake Center, 1521 S. Hillcrest Drive, Montrose, Colorado at 10 a.m. June 15, 2019, with the viewing at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family would be very grateful to have you donate to the wonderful HopeWest Hospice, 725 South Fourth St., Montrose, CO 81401 in appreciation for the comfort they provided to Peggy.

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