Peggy was born on August 8, 1945, to Clarence and Bonnie Taylor, in El Centro, Calif. She was the oldest of five children, including Clarence Jr. “Butch,” Donna, Kathy and Gary. The Taylor family moved several times during Peggy’s childhood, including to one of her favorite places, Meredith, New Hampshire, where she grew up with many extended family members, including her beloved aunt Sylvia. She also spent much of her teen years in Paradise, Calif., where she graduated from high school in 1963 and met her future husband, Larry Neff. In 1967, Larry and Peggy married and lived throughout the West but settled in Athol, Idaho in 1975.
Peggy is preceded in death by her son, John in 1995. She is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, Larry; son Stephen, his wife Jacquie, granddaughters Madeline and Abigail; daughter Michele Thompson, her husband Bryce, grandsons Aaron, Ryan (great-grandson Landon), and Greysen, and granddaughter Sidnie; and son Matthew, his wife Erika, granddaughters Chloe and Kendall, and grandson John.
Peggy’s greatest joy in life was her family. She helped take care of all her grandchildren. She loved attending their 4H and sporting events, school functions and watching them grow. Peggy liked camping, spending time at Farragut State Park, and traveling to the Oregon Coast. She enjoyed thrifting with her daughter. Her faith was a very important part of her life.
Peggy was an impeccable homemaker, seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and quilting. She was an amazing cook and well-known for many dishes, including her pies, enchiladas, hamburger gravy, and mandu, which she was taught to prepare by her sister-in-law, April. She loved her garden and flowers and spent much of her summers working outside in her beautiful yard. She had many jobs over the years, including working in local gift shops, for the Lakeland School District, and she enjoyed donating her time to various charities.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 21, at Pinegrove Cemetery in Rathdrum, Idaho, at 3 pm next to her beloved son John Curtis.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of North Idaho or the ALS Association.