Peg Woolston

2014-05-14T00:00:00Z Peg Woolston The Billings Gazette
May 14, 2014 12:00 am

Peg Woolston lived her 94 years in Montana with a loving family and a lifetime of friends. She leaves us now as graciously and courageously as she has lived with us.

During her life as Margaret Corlett from Drummond, she grew up smart and confident, equally at home on horseback and on the piano bench. She was a proud Bobcat and a determined young Home Ec teacher when she took a job in Forsyth. Who could blame her for falling for a grinning, ball-playing boy named Bill who shared her love for horses and swing music?

The war split families apart and brought other families together. Peggy enlisted as an officer in the WACs and Bill trained for his service in Europe, but they took a chance on love and proceeded to the chaplain under an honor guard of crossed bayonets. They made sweet music together for the next 70 years.

During her life as Peg Woolston, she proudly raised her three boys, Dee, Donald and Dana, to value family and education. And she took a generation of seventh-grade girls under her wing at Lincoln Junior High, teaching them to appreciate the beauty of a straight seam.

During her long retirement, Peg loved her cabin on the Boulder, where she could dead drift a girdle bug through a hole with the best of them, and she loved her winter trips to Texas, playing golf with Bill and bridge with the girls.

Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the young women who had been recruited into the family. To her, there was no greater honor than the appreciation of the women in uniform who sought her out during her Honor Flight to Washington, thanking her for her role in making their service possible.

During her life, she mourned the deaths of her parents, May and Dee; her older brother, Cy; and her beloved Dana. In turn, she is mourned by her husband, Bill; her sons, Don and Dee; and by the entire extended family of her relatives and friends.

A graveside service at the Mountview Cemetery will be officiated for the family by Pastor David Thompson at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16. A luncheon reception for all of her friends and family will be follow at noon on Friday, at the Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

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