Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) Hobert
Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) Hobert passed away on June 6, 2013 at the age of ninety-eight . She and her husband Gordon, had been residents of Estes Park for over thirty years, and had lived at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village since it opened in 2003.
Peggy was born August 18, 1914 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Prescott Heald and Ethel Mattson Heald. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Central High School in 1932. She attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, then transferred to the University of Nebraska Teacher’s College where she majored in music and elementary education, graduating in 1936. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority.
Peggy taught kindergarten and remedial reading in York, Nebraska, until she married Gordon Lauver Hobert on August 5, 1938. Their first home was in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where she substitute taught until they started a family in 1939. Gordon’s work moved them to Ogallala, Nebraska, and then to Lyman, Nebraska. From 1942-1945, Gordon served as a Captain in the army, and Peggy and her two daughters lived in Naperville, Illinois; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Detroit, Michigan.
After the war years, they moved back to Scottsbluff and the family grew. As well as being the mother of three, Peggy gave piano lessons, and she continued giving lessons when they were transferred to Wheatland, Wyoming in 1950. There, because the town had no kindergarten, she started and operated her own kindergarten when her son reached the age of five. During the ten years they lived in Wheatland, Peggy had her fourth child and was an active member of her church, PEO, and Eastern Star.
In 1960, Peggy and Gordon moved back to Nebraska. They lived in Bayard for ten years, then returned to Scottsbluff in 1971. In the fall of 1968, they bought a cabin in Glen Haven, Colorado, which became a gathering place for family and friends. They loved it so much they decided to retire to Estes in 1978. Estes became the place where they lived the longest, and the place Peggy loved the most. Being a woman who loved to live life to the fullest, Estes provided her with the ideal environment for being busy and involved. She stayed active in PEO, played in the Community Church of the Rockies handbell choir, enjoyed book club, was an avid bridge player, golfed, cross-country skied and hiked regularly. She volunteered at Elizabeth Guild Thrift Shop and worked for years in the Estes Park Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. She loved the outdoors, especially the lakes, and knew every native bird, animal and flower in the area and where to find them. Every spring and every fall, without fail, she and Gordon would be among the first and last to travel Trail Ridge Road, a ritual they never missed.
Peggy will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived by four children: Barbara Lawrence (Larry) of Loveland, Colorado; Sally Whiting (David) of Providence Forge, Virginia; Ken Hobert (Marsha) of Estes Park, Colorado; and Debra Hobert of Laingsburg, Michigan. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Hobert; two brothers, Pete Heald and Jack Heald; one granddaughter, Nancy Lynn Perez Lombard; and one great-granddaughter, Andrea Christine Perez.
Peggy’s family extends its gratitude and special thanks to the staff of The Good Samaritan Village for their excellent care and support of Peggy during the last years and months of her life.
A memorial gathering will be held Tuesday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m. Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park, CO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Estes Park Good Samaritan Retirement Village or the Estes Park PEO, Chapter HF.