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Peggy A. Boden Shumate
June 22, 1941 ~ September 8, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Peggy Ann (Boden) Shumate passed away on September 8, 2023 and the world will never be the same. Peggy was a coal miner’s daughter to Lloyd Boden and Carrie Boden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Sonny Boden and Nancy Norman. She is survived by her children, Patty (Chris) Then, Skip (Michelle) Shumate, a sister, Audrey Dewell, grandchildren, Christopher Then Jr., Jacob and Madison Shumate, Melissa (Thom) Kraus, great grandchildren, Noah and Nolan Kraus.
She did everything she could to make every event special. She was a PTA president, Brownie troop leader and den mother. When she was a PTA president, she needed to be a clown for a carnival at school but could not find white makeup. She was determined to do it at any cost so she bought white shoe polish. After it was over, the polish wouldn’t come off! LOL. She had to wait and let it dry and peel off. What a sight that was! She could pack our car for camping trips like no one else could. Somehow, she could chase my brother through the yard, take her slipper off to smack him without stopping to even take it off it seemed. There are SO many memories that come racing back. She GAVE selfishly to make others feel loved.
Peggy never graduated high school but worked hard to become a food service director for Aramark Food Services after starting with selling ice cream sandwiches in the Aliquippa school district in the 70s. Eventually she retired during her time in the Ellwood City School district where she was known for her stuffed chicken breasts. She worked 80 hours a week and still took care of her parents on the weekends until their passing. She enjoyed yard sales and flea markets with her sisters especially Rogers back in the day. Recently she enjoyed word find books, making coconut, peanut butter and chocolate fudge to give away as gifts. Peggy NEVER went anywhere without makeup, nails done, and dressed to impress. And let’s talk about her hair, she went to get her hair done every week. I know she loved her adopted daughter Jeanette who did her beautifully. She loved shoulder pads and I hear they are making a comeback; she would love that!!
Peggy was devoted to and loved her children, Patty and her husband Chris and son Skip, and his wife Michelle. Peggy loved and spoiled her grandchildren, Christopher (Vikky), Jacob, Madison, Melissa and her husband Thom along with sons Noah and Nolan. She loved so many others that were related by blood and some not. There are too many to name but I hope you know who you are.
For more than 20 years, Peggy lived with COPD that led to other health issues Mom, we miss you dearly but know you are at peace.