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Peggy Bird-Rolph


April 15, 2020

March 23, 1962 – April 1, 2020

Peggy Diane Bird-Rolph, the belle of the ball, has left the party.

Peggy was one of the funniest, most fun-loving, hard-working, keenest, warmest and selfless people to have ever trod the face of the earth.

Think Lucille Ball meets Mary Poppins meets a selfless saint, because she was hilarious, liked to keep a hat and umbrella handy, and cared for children throughout her life. She was a not-so-secret treasure of a woman who lived, loved, learned and worked with the Sweet Home School district since 1996.

Peggy, or “Honey,” as she was known to her family, died at home surrounded by loved ones on April 1, 2020, after a graceful struggle with cancer. She was 58.

Peggy was born March 23, 1962 in Albany, Ore. to Leonard Bird and Phyllis Woodworth.

She graduated from Central Linn High School and attended Lnn Benton Community College.

She is survived by husband Michael; daughters Emily Messmer, Cari Brewer and Maia McArthur-Rolph; son Chris Kingsley; sister Nancy Jennings; brother John Maxwell; and grandchldren Payton and Landon Messmer; Mailey and Henry Brewer; and Brady and Morgan Kingsley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Bird; and baby brother, Todd Bird.

Her memorial will take place a later date.


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