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Columbia Missourian

Peggy Guptill, June 25, 1952 — June 5, 2013

June 7, 2013 | 5:49 p.m. CDT

Peggy Guptill, 60, of Columbia passed away, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 peacefully at home. Memorial services will be held at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 South Ninth Street 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A reception to meet the family will follow.

Born Peggy Jo Farmer on June 25, 1952 in Kirksville, MO, Peggy was the daughter of Wilford Edgar and Frances Ward Farmer, both deceased. Through her childhood, she was privileged to travel and move to different locations with her family. Peggy was valedictorian of her Albany, MO High School class. With a scholarship in her hip pocket Peggy journeyed down to Columbia, MO to further her studies, graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia Nursing School in 1974. While a junior in nursing school, Peggy married David Long. At the same time she acquired a lifelong relationship of warmth and love from David’s family.

Overseas adventure was next in Peggy’s life journey. Peggy lived in Germany three years, and traveled the continent while working in the U.S. Army 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt Germany. Peggy returned to Columbia and worked as an ICU nurse at both the VA Hospital and Boone Hospital Center, also working as an OB nurse at the latter. Peggy then moved to Liberty, Missouri and continued her academic studies, receiving a mechanical engineering degree from MU and an MBA from KU. As an engineering student she was inducted into Tau Beta Sigma and Tau Beta Pi and began her career-long membership in Professional Society of Woman Engineers (SWE), for several years serving as an officer. Peggy utilized both her nursing and engineering skills in working for Puritan Bennett in Kansas City. Following her divorce in 1997 Peggy returned to Columbia and worked as a product and manufacturing engineer for 3M, retiring after 10 years service.

Peggy’s community activities were numerous: Membership in the Missouri Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau nursing honorary, University of Missouri Alumni Association; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Liberty Community Theater; active membership in the Missouri United Methodist Church (MUMC), and a member and officer in the United Methodist Women (UMW). After retiring Peggy enjoyed new friendships and learning of new sewing skills with Esther Circle of UMW, as well as sharing with the church family her skills by designing banners and related church items.

Peggy’s hobbies were as diverse as her educational achievements. Peggy enjoyed using her wood-working as well as sewing skills on numerous church and home projects. Peggy’s talents were an example of how she served others behind the scenes. Two other passions were reading and relationships. Peggy was a people person and monthly participation in a book club provided the opportunity for both reading and friendship.

In 2005, Peggy married Paul B. Guptill of Columbia, the kindest man she had ever met, and joined a wonderful family. Peggy had no children but loved and enjoyed her stepsons and their families, nieces, nephew and friends’ children. Peggy loved traveling the highways and byways of the world and understood that even though the world has many different cultures, and many different living environments that we all are all one traveling life’s journey. Appreciate life, it is a gift. Peggy will be missed; through her kindness and interest in others she touched the lives of many. Peggy felt very blessed by the kindness and caring of family and friends.

Peggy is survived by her sisters: Becky Ann Farmer, Gaylord, MI; Judy Kay Farmer, Reno, NV, her niece Jenny Jones & daughters also of Gaylord, MI; cousin Janice Peterson & family of Davenport, IA and other cousins. She is also survived by stepson James Guptill (Kristie) & sons of Charlotte, North Carolina; and John Guptill (Amy) and sons of St. Louis, MO. She is survived by her first mother in law Helen Long of Hannibal and first in-laws, Dale and Ruth Hammontree of Elsberry, MO and their children, Shawna & Jason and grandson of Winfield, MO.

Memorials may be made to: Kidney Cancer Association (1234 Sherman Avenue, Suite 203, Evanston, IL 60202) or Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 South Ninth Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

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