- Date of passing: Sep 10, 2014
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Margaret Leggett (Peggy) passed away in her home in the early morning of September 10th.
She had been fighting lymphoma for over a year but she died peacefully in her own bed with her family nearby.
Peggy loved plants and gardening. She was a docent at Tohono Chul Park and her work there meant a great deal to her.
She was also active in Camera Club Tucson, leading the Club on many memorable field trips.
A Celebration of Peggy’s Life is being planned; time and location will be announced soon.
Please consider a donation to Tohono Chul Park, a place Peggy loved. The Fall Garden will be dedicated in Peggy's memory. Contributions can be directed to the Fall Garden in Peggy's name.
"Every time I am at the park, I see something to remind me of Peggy. She will always be there in my mind. A few weeks ago, I was there early for a bird walk and as I approached her garden I spotted a little bobcat resting behind some plants. I watched him a long time and thought how Peggy would have enjoyed that!"
"It"s been a long time since I have seen peggy, but I have Always talked about her to people and how awesome and strong of a person she was. I worked for peggy until summer of 2006 during my time with her I was fortunate enough to get to know her as well as her late husband George. The two of them tought me that love is real and that kindness is the way to live your life to the fullest. Peggy was full of love and kindness and she will be forever in my heart. She helped me become a talented managerial personnel but taught me even more how to grow up and be strong. Love you peggy, heaven is blessed with a new angel."
"Peggy, aka my friend PegLeg, was a docent class mate, a teacher, and an all around shining light. It was uplifting to just share the same space with her. The engaging essence of her personality burst forth in her ever present smile. No wonder people and plants loved her. We'll all miss her, and it was a privilege to have known her."
"I was going to ready this at the memorial and decided to post instead.
MEMORIES OF PEGGY
November 8, 2012
Peggy, Our Friend
Ready with a smile
Always there, listening, sharing,
Offering a hug
Peggy, Our Inspiration
Ready to try something new
Thinking of others
Positive always, even when things were really tough
Peggy, Our Mentor
What is that plant? Ask Peggy, she will know.
When should I plant seeds? Ask Peggy.
What is a good plant for this shady area? Ask Peggy.
She willingly shared her vast knowledge of plants. She always had an answer, which usually included the botanical name, whether you really wanted to know it or not!
Peggy, is here in the garden
Her spirit is in the beauty of nature,
The flowers, the plants, the birds and even the snakes
In the place she loved so, Tohono Chul.
Peggy, in our hearts forever
Tohono Chul, Docent Class 2012"
"The Weber family here in Los Gatos, CA, means so much to us, & through them, we feel as though we knew dear Peggy. She was quite a gal! We are so very sorry for the loss, & are keeping the family in our thoughts & prayers. God bless you all.
XO Jill & Larry Kroh"
"I am choked.... with sorrow and with thankfulness that I knew this most unusual lady. I can re-say everything I have just read... it all applies.
I can't remember how many years Peg and I have been friends. Maybe 20.... or so. Long ago. I can not think of her without her big smile and her hearty laugh. She so appreciated everything around her and all of nature appreciated her. Forever missed and forever remembered."
"Dearest Peggy: How blessed I feel to hold so many wonderful memories of you. THANK YOU, 'Pegleg' for sharing your love of life, your laughter, your songs, your joy of Mother Nature and her bountiful children. You are a GIFT in my life......Namaste.......M"
"The greenhouse will never be the same in the selection of plants and purchase, because no one can demonstrate their growth in ballet style as peg leg could. Even if you were not a plant person, you would want it, because you could see it grow in your mind,s eye as she stooped and stretched. Laughter, joy, tears, we had it all from the angel among us. Jean Miller"
"We had a date to meet in her garden in February when she was feeling better so she could show me how she made the desert bloom...
I will still meet her there..."
"Silence falls - crouching
against the crimson sky
foreshadowing to no one
How soon or for why
Caverns and gullies
surprise us - colored
eyes to the soul
astounding, filled with nature's surprise;
resting on the river's ebbing flow.
Traces left us, find
harmony and symmetry
planted and nurtured,
protection as nature's
Take root and bloom again now
flowing if you will
Rising, recurring beauty is yours
To see when we'll only need wait,
I can still hear you laughing,
"Every morning Peggy would make a complicated smoothie "every one different" to start the day in a healthy way. Then she would go out to her garden for the morning 'walk-around' when she would inspect each plant and trim, snip off old blooms, make plans, and return refreshed and delighted with the progress of her many gardens. What an exuberant, joyful, humorous adventurous person PegLeg was.....she will be missed so much by so many....."
"Garden Tours, local nursery visits, walking through Tohono Chul Park, admiring plants that she recommended-----So many reminders of Peggy. Her love of gardening and all things related to desert plants will have a lasting effect on those of us lucky to know her."
"As I read your beautiful comments, I remember the day I called Tohono Chul to order a housewarming plant for her and Bill and said "my sister is coming, and you are going to be so happy." No question.....that was correct!! She was all you knew, and more..... talented, complicated, strong in her faith, had a beautiful voice, solo and in choir, played piano well, great cook, fiercely loving of family, etc. She was the best baby sister ever (17 years younger). I'm so happy for you all that you were able to know her. How can I let you know how much she loved you all? She is woven into your life fabric. Remember her and be happy. That is what she would want."
"I was a member of our camera club before Bill and Peggy joined. The first night they came to a meeting changed the whole dynamics. Peggy organized the best field trips and bubbled over with enthusiasm plus a wonderful sense of humor.
We had very special photo trips and lunches that will always be in my memories. I only which I could have met her sooner."
"What a bright shining light she was. I'm sure she's up there with St. Peter designing and planting the fall garden in heaven. I will never forget her fierce, gentle spirit, her love of life, her strength, and her willingness to take it ALL on. It was and is an honor to have known her."
"Peggy was The Real Deal.... full of life and love.... sharing her joys and sorrows as she made her journey through this world. So many memories and they all include that special smile!
Peg was a giver..... seeds, cards, special notes, plant names, best buys for what/where, when to plant, the list goes on.......and on.........
I, too, can't walk through my yard without her special touches here and there.
She was also a gracious receiver. Oh how I cherish that special luncheon when we gave her 'The Quilt.!' She immediately fell in love with it and wrapped herself in the love it was given in!
Thank you, Peg, for being a part of our lives. Your spirit lives on....."
"PegLeg was pure joy. Her enthusiasm was contagious. I have many scribbled scientific names of plants in my purse that she recommended. Last fall, when she was diagnosed, she gave us wildflower seeds to "sprinkle everywhere". I can't look in my back yard without seeing her in the blooms that are still popping up! I'll never forget her laugh and can still hear the howls from a couple of our fun field trips..."
"I always remember our first docent class and we were telling something about ourselves. Peggy said "I am all hot and sweating from propagation", and it quickly went down hill from there! The great laugh we all had over this sealed our class friendship. I would like to believe our group was somehow "selected" to be there when Peg needed us most. Selected or not, it has been an honor to call her friend."
"I was so lucky to be in the same docent class as Peggy. When she introduced herself as PegLeg I knew she'd be fun. Little did I know how much I'd learn from her. I joined the group that did the plant ID walks with her and, sure, I knew the basics (saguaro, cholla,etc) but she knew them all-by their scientific names! She wanted everyone to share her love of plants. She was Plant Goddess! What a great woman-exuberant, full of life. I will miss her!"
"Peggy was an outstanding student and an even more outstanding person. I loved her style and her attitude. She will be missed."
"Pegleg was the 3rd member of our final (graded) tour which we had to do to become bona vide Tahona Chul docents. I was 2nd in line to go behind Don Johnson...a terrifying position to be in. After I totally screwed up and made a mess of my tour, it was Peg's turn. We decided to just return to the Performance Garden since we were running short on time. We stood there quietly for a moment and then suddenly Peg jumped into the air, performed a complete 180 degrees turn, landed on both feet, and shouted "LOOK!" We were all startled! She then began her tour saying, "Look all around you....look at all the beauty of nature surrounding us." It was a marvelous beginning and it was so Peggy. She had more enthusiasm than anyone else I've ever known. I will never forget her silly smile. I will never forget her."
"Peggy began her "career" at Tohono Chul in 2011, graduating from docent training in 2012. In just three short years, she had already logged well over 1500 hours in service to the Park - and what service it was! Peggy was a whiz at plants, but also with people. Her wit and ready smile made it oh so easy to work with her and visitors were always charmed. She became the "go to" docent when we had a group of plant geeks who wanted to see our gardens, or a behind-the-scenes tour of propagation. And plant sales? She was always there to help folks decide what was right for their yard and their gardening skills. A fighter to the end, may we all face our challenges with the same grace. We miss you, Peggy.
Jo Falls, Director of Education, Tohono Chul"
"Every time I look at my backyard, which Peggy designed, I think of how she taught me to love gardening in the desert. How her enthusiasm for trying new things (i.e. mosaics) was always contagious. And how much she loved life."
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