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Peggy Iris Reynolds, age 101, met Jesus face-to-face on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:20am.
Her daughters kept vigil during her last days in Rockford Mercy East Hospital.
Peggy was born, in Santa Cruz California to Henry G. Poole & Charlotte Poole where she lived
her young life on the Santa Anita Ranch.
She finished one year of Junior College in Hollister, California. There she met the love of her
life, Max E. Reynolds.
They married in 1939 at the famous Newhall Ranch where her parents were the managers of
the Newhall Land and Farming Company. They were devoted in marriage for 67 1/2 years until
death of Max. Their first daughter, Linda, was born to them in Santa Maria. However, Peggy and
Max left California so Max could farm the family land in Smithshire, Illinois.
Carole, Kathleen & Diana joined their family in the following years at the farm.
Peggy was active in United Methodist Women, Homemaker's Association, and as a leader of
4-H. She was also a Sunday School Teacher and choir member at Smithshire United Methodist
Church where she has been a member since 1943.
She and Max were known to be avid golfers, winning many tournaments through their years.
Peggy adored her daughters, grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren.
Peggy was an accomplished seamstress and gave homemade clothes as gifts to her loved
ones for years.
She made quilts and afghans for each of her daughters and grandchildren. She even made 7
intricate baby quilts for new great grandchildren in one year.
At the age of 89, Peggy decided to learn to draw. She entered and won local art competitions
with her wonderful art. She surprised her grandchildren by drawing each of their portraits. She
drew 11 portraits in one year. But her strongest trait was her faith that she lived as an example,
committing herself to private prayer daily.
Preceding her in death were her husband Max, parents, and her sisters; Mariam Sessions,
Naoma Froom and Barbara Spaethe.
Surviving are her daughters; Linda Fitzgerald of Portland, Oregon, Carole McCreery of North
Carolina, Kathleen Glaze of Freeport, Illinois and Diana Brooks of Salado, Texas; 11
grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren with one on the way.
Also surviving are a cousin-in-law, Winifred Horney and family, as well as many beloved
nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers the family has chosen Smithshire United Methodist Women for memorials, PO
BOX 185 Smithshire, Illinois 61478.
A Celebration of her Life ceremony will be held at Smithshire United Methodist Church on
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will follow at Liberty Hall.