Margaret Lucille French Hunt, known to most people as Peggy, passed away at her home at Inverness Village in Tulsa on Monday, June 11, 2012.
Peggy was born in Knox, Indiana on May 31, 1921 to Marshall & Lois French. She married Elton B. Hunt Jr on Dec 13, 1942 in Valparaiso, Indiana.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas. Their eldest child, Alice Lucille, was born in Chicago in 1945 and the older son, Marshall B, was born in Ames, Iowa in 1947. The family moved to Tulsa in 1950, after which the younger daughter, Lois Jeanette, was born in 1953 and the younger son, David Elton, was born in 1955.
Peggy had an adventuresome spirit. She joined the ranks of pioneers by earning her pilot’s license with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Peggy earned her teaching certificate when she was in her 40’s and did some substitute teaching for Tulsa Public Schools. However after a long-term substitute position, she decided teaching wasn’t for her and returned to her best job as a wife, mother and homemaker. Community service was always important to Peggy and she served many years on the Tulsa County election board, as well as being a volunteer at the City of Faith hospital for many years.
Two of her favorite hobbies were learning new things and traveling. She and Elton combined these 2 loves and traveled extensively, staying frequently in Elder-Hostels where they would take whatever classes were offered there. They traveled to Australia & New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, England & Scotland, the Holy Lands and many other places.
As long time members of First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Elton and Peggy found another way to combine 2 important aspects of their lives by traveling with the Volunteers in Missions group to Costa Rica and other places. While in Costa Rica, Elton was working in construction and Peggy was working with the women in the kitchen. She discovered that the only knife they had for cutting fruits and vegetables was a huge machete. She managed, but when Elton went back the next year, she sent several paring knives with him to be donated to the women of the mission!
Peggy began writing poetry as an expression of her faith in and love for her savior, Jesus Christ. She wrote poems for holidays, birthdays, births, marriages, retirements and any other time the Spirit moved her to do so, and shared them with family and friends.
Over the years, Elton & Peggy have supported many missionaries and charities but one of their favorites has been Shepherd’s Fold Ranch in Avant, OK. From the earliest beginnings of the Christian youth camp they have been strong supporters and began sending any of their grandchildren who wanted to go since the 1980’s. Now we’re into the next generation and there has been a Hunt descendant at SFR every Summer since Alice’s son, Mark, started it off in 1980.
Peggy is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Elton B Hunt Jr of the home; 4 children: Alice Taylor and husband John, Marshall Hunt and wife Pam, Lois Stark and husband Carl, David Hunt and wife Jeanne; 11 grandchildren: Mark Taylor, David Taylor and Susanna Boggs, Elizabeth Thigpen Hunt, Anna Thigpen Hunt, Ryan Kennedy and Meghan Kennedy, Brian Schmidt, Matthew Hunt, James Hunt, and Joshua Hunt; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Jeanette Loring; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Inverness Village on Thursday, June 14 at 10am, officiated by Rev. James Hunt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shepherd’s Fold Ranch, PO Box 39, Avant, OK 74001 or may be made at their website: shepherdsfoldranch.com. Please put “in memory of Peggy Hunt” on your check or in the “comments” section of the donation form on the website.
The family would like to thank the many friends who have expressed their love and prayers.
Organizations: Friendship Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church