Peggy Ruth Wilson Elvin, 89, of Benton House in Prairie Village, passed away peacefully with her daughter and granddaughter at her bedside holding her hands. She was born March 1924 in Emporia, Kansas to M.L. and Emma Jane Kirby. She was married to Harold Brandt and they had one daughter, Sharon. Her childhood was spent in Lucas, Kansas.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in elementary education and taught fifth grade in Wichita for many years. She was a lively, creative teacher who greatly inspired her students. She was elected president of the Wichita City Teachers Association. While teaching, she earned a Master's of Counseling from Wichita State University, and she became an elementary school counselor.
In 1974, she married Carl Elvin and moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she had an illustrious career in guidance counseling in the Montgomery County Public School System. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi for many years, an international honor society in education. Peggy and Carl enjoyed happy years with a wide circle of friends, family and fulfilling careers. They enjoyed gourmet dining and traveling with their many friends.
They retired to Prairie Village in 1986 to be near their families and they joined Village Presbyterian Church. As a young woman, Peggy won awards for her pretty singing voice, and put her gift to use in the Village Church Choir for more than 25 years. She was an active supporter of the church and an avid Bible study student. She served as a Stephen Minister, Flower Ministry member, Telecare Program caller and Circle 5 member. The Village Church Women honored her by presenting her the ''Woman of Faith Award.''
She was a member of, and served in officer positions for the Overland Park Trailblazers. She also volunteered with "Meals on Wheels" and, as a member of the St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary, worked in the gift shop for many years. Peggy was a creative and talented seamstress, decorator and painter. She could do anything she put her sharp mind to. She loved to cook and entertain, work in her garden and feed the birds. She cared for many pets throughout her life, and will be missed by her devoted dog of 16 years, Dickens.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Elvin, her sister Lois Atkinson, and her brother Howard Kirby. Peggy is survived by her daughter Sharon Douglass of Prairie Village; her granddaughter, Shawna Samuel and her husband Duncan Samuel of Westwood Hills. Peggy was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Samuel and Alex Samuel of Westwood Hills. Her sister, Joyce (Max) Parkhurst of Wichita still survives. She is also survived by Carl's children, Chuck Elvin, Karlene (Jerold) Preston and Barry (Lynn) Elvin, as well as Carl's many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our family thanks Josie Stamper who provided loving care and friendship to Peggy during the last few years. Our family also thanks the doctors and nurses at Kansas City Hospice House for their tender care.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at Village Presbyterian Church, at 3 p.m., Friday, May 17. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Private inurnment at D.W. Newcomer's Johnson County Memorial Gardens will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Village Presbyterian Church Choir at 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas, 66208; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050; or Kansas City Hospice House at 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64145.