Peggy “Pegs” Guenther, 78, of Delaware passed away July 29, 2021, after a long battle with Lymphoma. Pegs was born June 8, 1943, in Springfield, Missouri to the late Samuel A. Marshall and Margaret (Wittkofski) Marshall. Her childhood was spent in Memphis, Tennessee where her Christian faith was established as a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and she carried that faith with her throughout her life. She loved writing, dancing with her siblings while watching American Bandstand, and being a cheerleader for Treadwell High School’s football and basketball teams. She never forgot her cheers and would break one out if egged on enough. Upon graduation she hopped a train and headed as far away from home as possible. She landed in Kansas City, Missouri. There she enrolled in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s nursing program where she served as class president, and later graduated as a registered nurse. Her time at St. Luke’s would change her life forever. One weekend she went with her roommate to Leavenworth, Kansas for a blind date. She put on her culottes and shoved some cold baked beans into a picnic basket. That day she met the love-of-her-life, whom she would marry two years later. Pegs never did anything halfway. Visitors teased that her house was so clean you could take a white glove to it! This thoroughness carried into her professional life. She was a devoted nurse who expected the utmost professionalism from the doctors and nurses she worked with. She was a founding member of the Ohio Society of Office Nurses which provided continuing education and networking opportunities to office nurses. During her 40 years of nursing, she worked in office and hospital settings. Her last position was working at the James Cancer Hospital after having been a breast cancer survivor herself. Sports were her passion and basketball was king. She was an avid Indiana University basketball fan and decorated her basement with Hoosier memorabilia. She attended the first Big Ten Basketball Tournament and continued doing so for many years. She met many Hoosiers across the country who became great friends. Pegs loved attending the sporting events of her five grandchildren and was usually the most vocal cheerleader in the stands. Pegs is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ken Guenther; daughters Denise (Richard) Humphrey of Shawnee and Julie (Matt) Weller of Delaware; grandchildren Cameron (Morgan Klein) Hackett, Mallory Hackett, Hannah Weller, Jack Weller, Abby Weller; siblings Richard (Marybeth) Marshall of Rhode Island and Penny Davis of Virginia; nieces Heather (Mark) Duncan and Wende (Matt) Temme; and nephews Andrew (Emily) Marshall and Charley Marshall. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Keith Guenther. In lieu of flowers Pegs asked for memorials to be sent to St. Luke’s Hospital, 4401 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111. A private family service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Delaware. Friends will be invited to attend an open house at the Weller’s home, 328 Sylvan Drive, Delaware where memories of Pegs will be shared. The date will be forthcoming.
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