Margaret Ruth “Peggy” (Goodyear) Oliver, 76, of Okanogan, Wash., passed away Feb. 17, 2018 at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Wash.
She was born Sept. 27, 1941, at Elsie McDonald’s Maternity Home, South Third Avenue, in Okanogan, to Clinton Charles “Chuck” Goodyear and Hazel Shirley (Crossland) Goodyear. Her grandparents Clinton Lot Goodyear and Frances “Fannie” Augusta (Steiner) Goodyear, came into the area to Almira, Wash., from Dubuque, Iowa, in the early 1900s, and then moved the family to Okanogan by steamboat in 1913.
The family lived in a house which is presently located on South 4th Ave., in Okanogan, but the location of their home at the time would be on the present day 50 yard line of the Okanogan High School football field. In 1945, they moved to 1800 block of N. 4th Ave., Okanogan, where her parents lived out the rest of their days and is still owned by the family.
She was raised there on a small farm and enjoyed the country life. In early years she remembered her mom walking to town towing the girls in a wagon from their 4th Ave. home to 2nd Ave., in downtown Okanogan to Schalow’s store to buy groceries. She fondly remembered trips to Brewster to visit her grandparents and to Malott to visit their special friends the Peare family. Many times as a child she would accompany her dad on his routes as he delivered (Flying A) oil to residents for fuel.
She was proud to have lived in the Okanogan area all her life except a short time in Wenatchee, Wash. After graduating as the second generation of what will be four graduating generations (in a few years) from Okanogan High School, she worked for Pacific Northwest Bell as a Telephone Operator for 12½ years. She started working for them in Omak then lived 6½ those years in Wenatchee working for them then finished her career working for them back here in Omak upon the arrival of their first daughter in 1971.
She spent her life serving her family and community. She was the epitome of “Taxi Mom”, seeing that her young daughters got to many events and friend’s houses. She served in the schools as a teacher’s aide the years her daughters were in elementary school. She worked alongside her mother and was a member of the Okanogan Grange for at least 25 years helping many years in the Grange kitchen at the fair. She was a dedicated Okanogan Bulldog and was greatly involved in the Okanogan High School Booster Club and among other fundraisers helped make sure the old Okanogan Bulldog Mascot got replaced around 1989. She was avid to help facilitate and attend her class reunions. Her 60th High School Reunion would have been next year.
Her Dad, Chuck, was one of the charter members of the Okanogan County Genealogical Society in 1979 and she joined in 2000, as did her daughter, and later her grandchildren joined as members and leadership. Chuck Goodyear, hand-typed all the Okanogan County Historical Society Heritage subscriber label lists with a typewriter before they had computers. Peggy took over that list when her Dad passed away in 1981, and continued until Marilyn Moses was hired for half days.
She received recognition from the Washington State Genealogical Society for her involvement in the Okanogan County Genealogical Society including countless hours of data input at home for cemetery and obituary data, 1910 census, Ladd Photography Collection, and she served as President for a year or two. Her husband also put much time into keeping up the society’s computer equipment. She found records in her personal genealogy dating back to 1534 from London, England, finding out she has other famous relatives besides the Goodyear Tire ancestors.
When the children were young the family enjoyed fishing and camping trips. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends on the back porch and watching the grandkids swim. Peggy made hundreds of knitted baby afghans and was very talented at making various craft projects: crocheting, tatting, beads, etc. She was a huge Miranda Lambert fan. In the recent year she was blessed by a new family (non-family member), who calls himself her boyfriend-in-law, Chris Gray, who would joyfully stump her by entering her home with the greeting, “Hey, Sexy!”
From an early age she trusted in God. Her relationship with God was very private to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and eldest sister, Frances “Shirley” (Goodyear) Trumbo.
She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Leslie Oliver, whom she married on Dec. 31, 1969. To this union were born two daughters, Krista (Oliver) Irwin, of Omak who married Dennis Irwin, and Jana Oliver, of Okanogan. Her grandchildren include: Shaelyn, Camden, Dane, and Kristopher Irwin, of Omak, Drue Morris, Okanogan; also Brad Irwin; and three great- grandchildren, Christian, Dallas, and Nathaniel Irwin, of Omak; her sister, Nancy Charlene Goodyear, of Spokane, Wash.; three nieces and a nephew, Pamela Jean (Goodyear) of Vancouver, Wash., and Pam’s children: Rachel, Rebekah, (Rebekah has a son, Gavin) and Robert Bradley, Shirley “Lynn” Trumbo and Pat Anson and family of Bridgeport, Wash. and Lynn’s son, Michael and Kayla Trumbo and children (Riley, Dakota, and Griffin) of La Mesa, Calif.; and Clinton Loring Trumbo, Chelan, Wash.; also Valerie Jane (Best) Brandon, North Bend, Wash..
Anyone wishing to make a memorial could donate to the Okanogan County Genealogical Society.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, Okanogan with reception following at the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee St., Okanogan.