Peggy Coleen Lang McCloud was born January 15, 1929 in Independence, Kansas to Albert Henry and Edith Madora (Pyle) Lang. She passed from her Independence home early Sunday morning June 12th, 2016. She will be laid to rest with her husband in the Garden of Memories in Pittsburg, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the Pittsburg Kansas Mirza Transportation Fund and may be left at Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas.
Peggy grew up in Independence and was a proud graduate of both Independence High School and Independence Community College. She served as Football Queen and a member of Queen Neelah's court during her school years. Peggy began her long career with Southwestern Bell/AT&T while still in high school. She started as a switchboard operator when party lines were still common, transferring in December 1946 to the business office to serve as a Customer Service Representative until her retirement in February 1982 after 36 years of service.
She and her sister took several trips by train during their single years to enjoy the sandy gulf beaches of Alabama and the culture of bigger cities, including New Orleans and Kansas City. Bargain shopping was in their blood, and even in their later years, they continued meeting weekly to shop local bargains and thrift stores.
Peggy married Charles McCloud December 3, 1974 in Nowata, Oklahoma. They made their home in Pittsburg, Kansas where Charles had a long career with KG&E and they spent many happy years before he preceded her in death. The couple enjoyed several trips within the United States, many including casino stops. ... always accompanied by their four footed family. Peggy was most fond of the two toy poodles of her life, Gigi and Nicky.
Her hobbies included painting acrylics (most often snow scenes), being the family photographer, and maintaining long, beautiful fingernails. She was a member of Communications Workers of America, Telephone Pioneers, and the KG&E/Westar Retiree Club. Dubbed "Pretty Peggy" by one great niece, she will be remembered for her cute, vivacious manner, tidy appearance, soft voice, sparkling eyes, captivating laughter and the gentle ways of a truly charming lady.
Relatives preceding her in death besides her parents include two sisters, Frances (Carl) Wyckoff and Mary Beth (Richard) Cain. Among those left to honor her memory are nieces and nephews Lisa and P.J. Hinkle, Jim and Betty Wyckoff, and John and Elaine Wyckoff, as well as other extended family.