Margaret Ann Bailey’s parents, Raymond and Ethal Jordan, were pioneers and lived in a second home on the Owen and Ruth Jordan homestead on Morapos Creek.
The evening before Peggy was born, the temperature was extremely cold, and by morning the temperature had dropped to 40 below zero. Ethal had two choices: have Peggy on the ranch, or drive the 28 long miles to Craig.
She decided to go to Craig and have Aunt Cora Kellogg deliver Peggy.
Peggy’s Dad had to harness up the team of horses to pull the car to the top of the steep hill, with Ethal in the car, and then they took the cold, long trip during late night hours, over the bumpy, dirt road to Craig where Peggy was delivered by her great aunt, Cora.
Peggy shared the same birth date, February 9, with her grandmother, Ruth Jordan.
In 1945, Peggy’s parents moved from Morapos Ranch to the Moffat Oilfield.
In 1948, the family moved to Hamilton, where Peggy attended the Hamilton School and was very active in 4-H and school plays.
During the summer, Peggy rode horseback with her dad and brother Larry when they moved cattle to and from the summer forest range. She also rode horseback on the Morapos Ranch. During the long, cold winter months, Peggy spent a lot of time iceskating on the Williams Fork River with her family and friends.
Following her graduation in 1960 from Moffat County High School in Craig, Peggy moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the FBI. It was quite a change of pace from the small country town of Hamilton, to Washington, D.C.
Nobody is really sure what kind of work Peggy did for the FBI as it was privileged information. During her time in Washington, D.C., Peggy’s beautiful smile and sparkling eyes caught David Bailey’s attention in January 1961. They wed and had two wonderful children, Michael David in 1963, and Kathleen Lauri in 1971.
In 1977, Peggy moved back to Craig with her children and to be close to her parents. She made a fresh start of her life and career.
Peggy started work for Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort Corporation in 1989 and worked until her retirement in 2008. She loved her job and the people she worked with. She built more than friendships — she built relationships equivalent to another family.
Not only did she have that affect at work but she had that tender loving touch with her grandsons, Jordan and Wyatt, and their friends. Countless kids loved visiting her home as she always had baked goods or a full refrigerator of goodies.
Each and every one of those kids always had a big hug for her and called her “Nana,” which she loved so very much. Many of those kids even visited her during her many stays in the hospital and watched a football, baseball, basketball or hockey game with her. All of the doctors, nurses, family and friends knew that she was an avid sports nut.
Peggy was plagued with numerous health issues that started in 2005 and continued until her passing.
However, that never stopped her from loving life and living it to its fullest. She always had a positive attitude and wore that contagious smile even during her many illnesses. Besides family, she had many friends who were instrumental getting her safely to and from her appointments. She cherished those trips and was forever grateful.
Peggy was an amazing lady as she defied all of the grim odds given to her by her doctors more than once. They, too, loved her toughness and her desire to live life to its fullest and to never give up.
During her 70 years of life, Peggy touched many people with her gentle smile, loving tender soul and resilient determination. She left an imprint on each and every one of them in her own way and left a lasting impression that will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have her in their life.
Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, a son, and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bailey, of Craig; grandsons Jordan (Kacie) Bailey, of Menifee, Calif., and Wyatt Oberwitte, of Craig; great-grandson Kaeden Bailey; and brother Larry (Linda) Jordan, Dillon, of Mont.
Memorial services were Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Mervin Johnson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop, in Craig, 81625.