Age 86, Peggy Ann Vossen was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday morning at Chantele's Loving Touch in Sutherlin, Oregon.
Peggy was born in a small farm house in Studley, Kansas, and delivered by an old country doctor to parents Loren Emil Wilber and Edna Delores (Harold) Wilber. Her childhood years were spent in many different places with different people. She would tell you she was a precocious child and loved being the center of attention. She had a talent for singing and acting and her dream was to grow up to become a movie star.
Peggy married Merle Rappe' in Canyonville, Oregon, and they were together for 13 years until their divorce in 1964, but remained close friends until Merle's death in 2013.
Throughout the years Peggy was active in many areas. While living in Roseburg, Oregon, she was a past member of Beta Sigma Phi from 1958-1962. She was involved in the Christian Women's Club in 1963, and very active in the Church of the Open Bible. She was an amazing seamstress as well and made many of the clothes worn by her daughters and herself.
Peggy moved to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1968, and while there formed many close friendships. In 1974, while living in Middleton, Idaho, she began to keep a daily journal. She never missed a day until 2014, when her memory was fading. She started a Singles Christian Ministry in Middleton called New Hope Christian Singles which she led from 1979-1983.
Peggy moved back to Roseburg in 1990, after the passing of her husband, Bob Vossen.
Peggy was a joyful member of Alcoholics Anonymous since February 25, 1995, in which her greatest passion in life was as a sponsor and mentor to many.
Peggy is survived by five children, Carol Haymaker (Bobby) of Broomfield, Colorado, Karen Prowell (Steve) of Roseburg, Oregon, Steve Rappe' of Glide, Oregon, Dan Rappe' of Winston, Oregon, Peggy Taylor (Mike) of Nampa, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her best friend and kindred spirit, Loyce McGee of Roseburg. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Warren Wilber; sister, Lorraine Wallace; daughter, Gina Carson; grandsons, Bill Runion (Riddell) and Riley Rappe'; plus her companion of several years, Arvin Cox.
Peggy's family would like to thank the caring staff at Chantele's Loving Touch for the excellent care she received while residing there. Mom was family to them as well and their tears were shed along with ours at her passing.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winston Community Center in Winston, Oregon. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimers Association at alz.org