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Peggy Kirkpatrick

Peggy Ruth Kirkpatrick

Sunday, July 5th, 1931 - Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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Peggy Ruth Kirkpatrick, 88, died February 3, 2020 at her home in Boulder, Colorado. Peggy was born July 5, 1931, in rural Guthrie County, Iowa, to Ruth Sharp Hopkins and Lyle Scott Hopkins. She married Elvis Junior “Kirk” Kirkpatrick on July 10, 1950, at Walnut City Christian Church in Walnut City, Iowa. He died May 9, 1982.

Peggy grew up in and around small southeast Iowa towns where her father farmed and her mother was a teacher. A graduate of Moravia High School, Peggy received a Bachelor of Science Education at Northeast Missouri State Teachers’ College, now Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri, and earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Iowa. She taught for 30 years in the Linn-Mar School District, all but one of them at Indian Creek Elementary School in Marion, Iowa, where she was a first-grade teacher. Peggy and Kirk lived on Alburnett Road north of Marion in a rural neighborhood where at the time several Linn-Mar educators and staff were also raising families. Prior to moving to Marion in 1961, they taught school in Oakville, Iowa. She was an active member of the National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association, and held several officer positions with the Linn-Mar Education Association, including that of president.

After retirement Peggy moved to Honolulu for 17 years and then, in 2005, to Boulder County, Colorado. She was a longtime member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was very involved in Boulder’s Golden West Senior Living community’s residence government and managed the library there. She loved photographing nature and reading.

Passing before her were her husband and three brothers, Lyle LeWane Hopkins, Dale (Helga) Hopkins and William Clare (Judy) Hopkins.

Peggy is survived by a daughter, Alynne Romo of Pennsylvania; a son, Alan J (Bonnie) Kirkpatrick of Loveland, Colorado; a granddaughter, Jessi O’Reilly-Jones of California; grandsons Kyle J (Janelle) Kirkpatrick of Loveland, Colorado, and Shire J (Kristen) Kirkpatrick of Broomfield, Colorado; great-grandson James Alan Kirkpatrick and great-granddaughters Genevieve O’Reilly-Jones and Rowen Noel Kirkpatrick; nieces Ruth Tyler, Fonda Hopkins and Heidi Hopkins Dail; and nephews Lyle Hopkins and Kevin Hopkins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peggy’s memory to the Golden West Foundation, 1055 Adams Circle, Boulder, CO 80303 or online at www.coloradogives.org/GoldenWestCommunities/overview.
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Sylvia (Bowen) Copler

Posted at 12:51pm
Deepest sympathy to you Alynne & Alan on the loss of your mom. She was such a dear, sweet lady-I'm sure she will be missed by many. Sylvia (Bowen) Copler
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Michelle Von Sprecken

Posted at 12:09pm
Mrs. Kirkpatrick was my 1st grade teacher. I have thought of her often and always wondered where she was. I remember when I got glasses for the first time and cried and cried before school because I thought I looked funny. I got to school and Mrs. Kirkpatrick carried on and on about how nice I looked. She even took a picture of me and hung it by her desk. I was proud to wear those glasses from then on. This was 40 years ago and I still remember that and how special she was. Thinking of you and your family. She was a wonderful lady.

Bonnie Kirkpatrick

Posted at 09:36am
Peggy loved her family, and friends and cherished every little memory she had of them whether it be a note, reunion, phone call, or Christmas card. She had an amazingly keen memory up until the end of her life. After a stroke that effected her speech and right side, she was forced to write with her left hand. Just the same, she still managed to keep in touch with family, friends and acquaintances. She cherished and saved every single piece of correspondence she received. They were so precious to her. She had a gift with words, and she was well read. She loved the arts, reading, and she valued education. She even oversaw the library where she lived. She was such a bright light to so many people, and she will be missed by her family, neighbors and friends.
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Linda Vanderpoel

Posted at 11:09am
So very very sorry to hear of Peg’s passing. She was a sweet and delightful and always helpful sister within the DV chapter of P.E.O. Peg will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences.💞
Linda Vanderpoel
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