Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lovell Starkweather

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

On Aug. 15, 2018, Peggy marched through the pearly gates of heaven twirling her batons. She then sat down at the piano and played Malagueña for us. She is walking on streets of gold.

Peggy joined her family in Dillon, Montana, at the family ranch on Sept. 8, 1931. She joined her parents, Phillip J. Lovell and Gertrude McCoy Lovell. She had two younger brothers, Phillip J. Lovell Jr. and Jack W. Lovell. She attended school in Dillon and married William (Bill) Wickham in 1949. They had six children.

Peggy loved music and made sure all her children were involved in band, chorus and piano. She was an avid reader and taught her children and grandchildren the value of an education and a good book.

In 1977, Peggy married Nelson Starkweather and lived near Gardiner, Montana on his ranch. She loved the ranch, and anyone who came to visit found a fresh cup of coffee and a place set at the table for them.

Peggy was a stay-at-home mom until she became an LPN in 1974 and worked at the VA hospital in Miles City. She then went to work in Yellowstone Park for the National Park Service until her retirement.

She was proud to be an American and a Montanan. She liked to travel with her children and went all over the U.S. and Japan. Wherever she had grandchildren, she was happy to go visit but she always came back to Montana where her roots were.

Peggy had a great sense of humor; however, it was subtle and you had to pay attention, and she was gullible and people loved to tease her. She could laugh at herself and was fun to be with.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Gertrude; brothers Phillip Jr. and Jack; and her husband, Nelson Starkweather.

She is survived by her children: Joanne Bowers, Dianne (Al ) Sawitke, Rosemarie Wymer, Connie (Kathy) Edgar, Jeanette Brown and Phillip (Addie) Wickham; seven grandchildren: Ryan Goris, Jonathan Bowers, Amber Flaherty, Whitney Zänker, Kailey Brown, Robert Wickham and Megan Wickham; and five great-grandchildren: Piper and Bridger Goris, Noah, Zachary,and Lukas Zänker.

There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Brundage Funeral Home in Dillon, with graveside services to follow. A reception will be held following at the First Baptist Church. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

On Tuesday evening beginning at 5 p.m. there will be a potluck barbecue at 841 E. Center St. for all family and friends who would like to attend.

Memorials may be sent to a charity of your choosing in Peggy’s name.