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Peggy Joan Weston
Peggy Joan Weston came into this world on April 19, 1933, her parents were, Priscilla Cluff and Orson (Jack) Farrell Morris in Southgate, Los Angeles County, California. Her passing was on July 15, 2023. Peggy had been surrounded by her loved ones who kept a faithful vigil by her side until she moved on to her next adventure.
Peggy was the 2nd child of Priscilla and Jack Morris and thrived in the Southern California of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, perhaps the most exciting times to be in such an idyllic environment. Peggy survived earthquakes, tremors, The Great Depression, World War II, and all of the exciting times of Post War excitement of the 1950s.
Peggy loved life, she was energetic and excited about many things. Her father Jack owned and operated a small butcher shop where he would, as Mom would say, “butcher in the backyard”. When customers wanted a fresh chicken for dinner, out of the coop and onto the chopping block. Pluck, Pluck Pluck, . She was an all-around gal who loved music and dancing. Playing the piano and going to parties. Flirting with the boys and having a good time. She was always so fun to be around and had many friends. Peggy was probably who they coined the phrase “Party Girl”.
During the war years, she loved jumping on the bus and running around Huntington Beach to see all the sailors. She loved life and all the adventures life had to offer. Peggy married Lewis Banks and moved to Phoenix in 1954. By the time she was 28 years old, she had 8 children and had settled in suburbia in West Phoenix. She would fondly remember when she bought her first home in Claremont and paid $11,000.00 for the 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,600-square-foot home.
Peggy was active in her church and loved that she was a member of the Daughters of The Pioneers. Her Great Grandparents and Great Great Grandparents, having been some of the first Pioneers in Southeastern Arizona. Another wonderful memory Peggy enjoyed was her Grand Father’s ranch on Graham Mountain, (Cluff Ranch). Her pride in her family and Pioneer history ran deep as she often spoke so fondly of visits to Arizona to meet with all of her cousins and trust me when I say, she had many.
After Peggy divorced Lewis, she married Bill Weston. Bill had 4 children from his first marriage and Mom loved each one as her own. Together Bill and Peggy had Amy and then came Michelle. Peggy was now the Mother of 13 Children. Peggy cared for the family home and kids while working at AJ Bayless Grocery Store as a Cashier. Most of her managers were sympathetic to her large family and would accidentally rip a bag of her kids’ favorite cereal or “Oops”, and drop a box of can goods so they could give them to Peggy. We never went without food and boy, did we think she was a good cook!
By the time 1973 rolled around, Peggy found herself moving to Cottonwood, Arizona to help Bill start Farmers Insurance. Soon after she found the love of her life, Real Estate. She was one of the original Realtors in the SVVAR (Sedona Valley Relators) and loved selling homes as much as she loved the people she met. Mom never knew a stranger and worked to build strong relationships throughout her life. During the holidays it was not uncommon for her to have extra people in the home. She cooked, cleaned, and slipped money into anyone’s pocket that needed it. Money was a pass-through account for her. If Mom knew you were in need, she would fill that need whether you were family or not.
One of the many highlights in Mom’s Life was when she went to China with her best friend Nona and her daughter Tina. They had some great adventures and Mom enjoyed traveling to new places. Mom loved going to Mexico and the many trips to Rocky Point, where sleeping in tents on the sand was the norm. You could say we stayed in the original condos on the beach. Her real estate mind was like, “Why didn’t we buy then?” Mom loved being outdoors, I think it was because it was much easier to wrangle her children outside than in the house. Often in our home on Claremont, we would wake up to have breakfast then she would shoo us outdoors to play and lock the door behind us. She may have needed a few moments to herself.
Peggy worked as a realtor for 48 years in Cottonwood. She was an Agent and a Broker. Mom owned and 0perated Weston Realty and Investments in the building next to Circle K on Main Street, she worked at many brokerages throughout her career and retired in 2021. Mom loved all of her clients and the people she worked with. Mom genuinely loved people.
Peggy was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many capacities throughout her life. Sunday School teacher to Young women programs, Music Director, Chorister, Pianist, and Organist. She loved music and kept the music alive in the lives of her children. Mom played the piano, and she played well. Once she sat down and started to play, it wouldn't be long before her children would gather around and sing the songs she sang.” Lazy Bones Sleeping in the Shade” how you spect to make a dime that way”..........Mom's life was like a musical full of excitement and intrigue, romance and tragedy, there were ups and there were downs but, in the end, there was always a song. Peggy Loved life like she loved her family and with 13 children you can only imagine how many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren is her posterity.
Peggy is proceeded in death by her Parents Priscilla and Jack Morris, her Brother, Farrell Kay Morris and his wife Emma, Her ex-husbands Gene Fletcher Brownell, Lewis A Banks, and William F Weston, her children Steven Lynn Weston, Martin Earl Weston, Amy Michelle Weston(Jaye), David Christopher Banks, Grand Children, Kyle Stephen Banks, Bradlee Allan Johnson, Darrell Jack Crossman, Shawn Michael Campbell, Dawn Lamae Calvert, Collette Marie Carroll, Nathaniel Chase Weston,
She is Survived by her Sister Michelle Holtz (John) Children: Myrna Lynne McClellan (Lance), Priscilla Gail Crossman, (Randy) Luann Thompson (Bob), Robin Penny Johnson, Jon Allan Banks, (Geri), Sheri K Allen, Pamela Sue White (Nate) James Farrell Banks, (Pam) Michell Loretta Peasley (TC) 60 Grandchildren and 85 Great Grandchildren and 11 Great Great Grandchildren and many more nieces and Nephews. A posterity to be proud of… Rest in Peace you have earned your crown……